I’m so excited about this being Rosalie’s first festive season! She was only 4 days old on Christmas day last year, so it barely counts as a first Christmas in my opinion, since some of the best festivities occur during the run up to the big day.
One of these ‘best bits’ is enjoying a different story each day of advent. When I was younger I can remember a wonderful advent book starring Muffit the Christmas Angel, but I have looked high and low for a copy to no avail. Unfortunately our childhood copy is actually my sisters. So, Granny and Grandad bought Rosalie a wonderful Classic Treasury of Christmas Stories instead, and although it is probably rather too grown up for her at the moment, I think it is nice to start the tradition when she is small.
The book has a beautiful felty cover which is fun for babies to feel, as well as a jolly picture. In fact the illustrations in this treasury are what make it so lovely for Rosalie even though she is only 11 months old.
The book contains a mix of stories, including traditional ones such as The Elves and the Shoemaker, adapted classics such as The Little Match Girl and extracts from Little Women, What Katy Did at School and A Christmas Carol, as well as songs including The Twelve Days of Christmas.
The Treasury is arranged in sections: Christmas is Coming, Magical Moments, Winter Wonderland, Presents and Parties and Goodwill and Giving, with seven stories in each section. Each story is wonderfully presented with festive page borders and fun illustrations.
Rosalie doesn’t have the attention span to sit for a whole story, but it’s fun to read bits and talk about the pictures with her.
Have you got a favourite winter story? What are you reading this week?