It’s Sunday, it’s the 1st December, which means it’s officially Christmas month! Steph is getting us in the mood for the festive season with books set over Christmas. Here are six of my favourites from my own childhood that I love to revisit at this time of year:
1. How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr Seuss. I love the story of the miserable Grinch whose heart grows when he meets a little girl who changes his perspective on Christmas.
2. The Snowman by Raymond Briggs. This is such a beautifully written and illustrated story. It is sad for a Christmas story, but the quiet emotion is a lovely thing at this busy time of year.
3. The Jolly Christmas Postman by Janet and Allan Ahlberg. This book was a personal favourite when I was younger. I just loved having a book full of little pockets of hidden post. And I still do!
4. The Elves and the Shoemaker by The Brothers Grimm. I was mesmerised by this as a child, little elves that snuck into a shoemaker’s at night to make shoes and help him with his work. As an adult, I need those elves in my life.
5. The Little Matchgirl by The Brothers Grimm. I know this is a sad story and the little matchgirl dies. But whilst she lives she has magic fire that makes all her dreams come true, and this is one of the reasons I love matches now: I’m hoping for a magic one.
6. T’was the Night Before Christmas by Clement Clarke Moore. This is THE Christmas book. How could I not love it? It is Christmas to me, and I love reading it on Christmas eve snuggled up with my little boy waiting for Santa.
Do you have any favourite Christmas stories? What would make your list?