We’ve started a tradition in our house of giving each of our children a special book for Christmas – something that can be treasured for years to come and perhaps even shared with their own children. This year our eldest will be unwrapping a hard-to-come-by hardback copy of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory that’s perfect for chaptering at bedtime, while our new baby will be receiving a Blinky Bill tome as his first ever Christmas biblio keepsake.
Then there’s The Christmas Book by famed children’s author Dick Bruna that will be making an appearance under the tree for our daughter. A simple, straightforward telling of the nativity story that Bruna penned back in 1964; it’s the perfect foil to all the tinsel, toys and songs about Santa that normally accompany Christmas in our house. I love how it tells the story of the first Christmas without any of the pomp you sometimes get with these books – perfect for parents like us who don’t go to church and aren’t particularly religious but still want to share the “real” meaning of Christmas with their children. Plus, Bruna’s Miffy-esque illustrations are a delight.
I found my hardback copy of The Christmas Book at my favourite children’s boutique but you can grab a copy online from Book World.