Reverting to childhood

Gone are the days when my home was inhabited by small excited children; instead I am daily surrounded by great hulking almost-adults.  These days it’s about voting and sideburns, rather than playdoh and who kicked who under the table.  Mostly this feels like a huge change, but sometimes, like at Christmas, it’s just like the old days again.  We go back to the old patterns, family traditions, and Christmas activities.  We have kids’ toys and kids’ Advent calendars, kids’ food, and yes, even kids’ books.

CoverWorking in my new baby library this year, I have had the unanticipated pleasure of sorting out all sorts of kids’ Christmas treasures for our window display, and finding both some old favourites and some new treasures.  Jesus’ Christmas Party, by Nicholas Allan, is short and simple, and tells the story of a very grumpy, sleep-deprived innkeeper in a small town with a familiar name.  I adore this book, not least because I get to yell at people when I’m reading it aloud.

CoverLemony Snicket’s The Lump of Coal is a more recent find, and one that made me snort out loud at the Returns desk (NOT a good look for a librarian, I know!).  I love the way Mr Snicket writes, and the story itself is a twisty little dark jewel of a tale.

I have also fallen in love with the Usborne Activities series of craft books.  First to catch my eye was Christmas Things to Stitch and Sew.  There’s a small penguin made of felt on the front cover, and I very much fear that several unsuspecting and bemused family members will be receiving one of these for Christmas …

Do you have Christmas favourites in your house?  Are they recent finds or old traditions?  Let me know, and maybe we can all get together and take turns reading Christmas picture books to each other.  Over a big cup of mulled wine, of course …