If you love a book as a child then, chances are, it’ll stay with you. You might forget about it for twenty-odd years, but when you have children of your own, the memories of those favourite stories come flooding back.
My absolute favourite Christmas book is Lucy and Tom’s Christmas by Shirley Hughes. This book, first published in 1981, sums up my childhood Christmases better than any photograph. Her evocative illustrations evoke memories of my own childhood home, it could almost be our Christmas. I approve of the fact that Lucy and Tom don’t put up their Christmas tree until Christmas Eve. We don’t wait quite that long (more the end of the school term), but this ethos ties in very well with my own desire to celebrate Christmas in a traditional way.
I am so happy to tell you that this wonderful book is back in print again. It now has a slightly different title – Lucy and Tom at Christmas. Shirley Hughes has also written an Alfie book all about Christmas time. Alfie’s Christmas is very similar to Lucy and Tom’s and you may notice some similarities!
It’s very British, a little bit grumpy and it makes a great change from all the sugar-coated nonsense we’re force fed from at the middle of November. Give me Father Christmas in his ordinary house over Queen Elsa any day.
For older children, the magic of The Jolly Christmas Postman by Janet and Alan Ahlberg never dims. It’s packed full of little letters to read, books within books and even a little jigsaw puzzle! One to be shared, year after year.
And we also love…
Left to right:
Room for a Little One by Martin Waddell. This is a wonderful retelling of the Christmas Story.
Richard Scarry’s Best Christmas Book Ever! My boys love this one, I am learning to love it!
Mog’s Christmas by Judith Kerr. The original and best book, not the new one which goes with the Christmas advert (which is also nice, but not quite the same).
There are so many lovely Christmas books out there. What are your favourites? I’d love to discover some new classics.