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TINNED spaghetti | Win a copy of My First Book of Christmas

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Okay, okay, I hold my hands up and admit that I’m not a fan of starting Christmas too early. I avoid shops from Halloween onwards and hold my hands over my ears if I hear Slade before mid-December. And you won’t see me going anywhere near a mince pie till Christmas week. BUT I’m giving away a copy of My First Book of Christmas and it would be a shame for the lucky winner not to have it to enjoy in the run up to the big day. So, forgive me for mentioning Christmas so early but if you would like to win a copy of this festive title, illustrated brilliantly by Anna Jones, please read on!

This book introduces young children to some of the main traditions and symbols associated with Christmas. What are the best traditions and customs in your family? What do you look forward to most about Christmas? Does your family have a special way of celebrating? Let me know about your favourite Christmas tradition and I will send a copy of the book to the person who makes me feel most festive.

Uh-oh, I’ve got a sudden urge to put up twinkly lights and get some mulled wine going – what’s happening to me?!

 


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11 Responses to Win a copy of My First Book of Christmas

  1. Isabel says:

    My mum used to buy stocking presents that you didn’t really see in shops, and wrap them in crepe paper so they looked totally different from everything else on Christmas Day. This kept us believing in Father Christmas until an embarrassingly old age. I’m hoping to pull off the same trick with my three monkeys.

  2. charlotte says:

    Oh I love that! I’m all for spinning out the magic for as long as possible so will try your lovely mum’s trick this year. I still remember how exciting it was to wake up and hear the rustle of a full stocking at the end of my bed…

  3. We have a living Advent calendar in our street. Every day in December until the 23rd we meet at a different house and stand under a beautifully decorated Christmas window to sing carols, drink mulled wine (not the children!) and eat homemade Christmas biscuits. It is a great build up to Christmas :o)

  4. charlotte says:

    Wow, I’ve never heard of anything like that – how amazing!

  5. Nancy says:

    We save and re-use boxes for wrapping presents, and over the years some perennials have become favourites, and elicit cheers when unwrapped – seeing the familiar box is more exciting than the socks that have been hidden inside. One year, my dad actually went round the house to find the items that had originally come in some of the boxes, years before, and rewrapped them. Then when we joked ‘oh look, it’s another high-tech desk organizer!’, lo and behold, the joke was on us. We’re easily entertained….does this win the ‘lamest anecdote’ award?

  6. charlotte says:

    That’s great – and boxes are so much easier to wrap than weirdly shaped objects that I always wrestle with. This reminds me of when my son was one and we wrapped up lots of little toys that already belonged to him at Christmas. He loved the surprise of unwrapping familiar toys and it saved us a fortune!

  7. Mandy says:

    Love the idea of wrapping up their own toys. The best part for me is the excitement of Xmas morning. A couple of years ago we made muddy rudolf prints through the house, scattered leaves around and splashed water where Rudolf had been lapping his drink. Last year we left a note to say no reindeers were allowed in because they were too messy, but that was no fun so we’ll do it again this year! Other thing I love is getting all the Xmas tree decorations out from years gone by, they hold so many lovely memories. p.s. mince pies are eaten in our house from Nov – Feb! x

  8. charlotte says:

    I love getting out the decs too! I remember my mum keeping angels we had made out of paper doilies for years so they seemed really precious to us. Starting to feel excited now…

  9. Troy says:

    As a kid growing up in Germany, there used to be an annual parade of ‘Black Peters’ at the beginning of December, probably not so pc these days. They used to throw sweeties into the crowds.
    Me, my brothers and my sister used to go and gather. For us, it signalled the start of the festive season and there was always the competition of collecting the most sweets!

  10. charlotte says:

    Ahh, you can’t beat Christmas in Germany… Will be picking a winner out of a hat today as I can’t choose between all of these!

  11. charlotte says:

    And the winner is Mandy! Book to wing its way to you very soon. Thanks everyone for the fabulous festive tips!

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