Friday, 30 November 2012

Christmas traditions- books and pyjamas

One of the wonderful parts of becoming a family is establishing traditions.

From Saturday morning lie-ins (how I laugh) to family holidays, it's good to take those you grew up with but also add some new to the mix.

A tradition I have decided to adopt from a friend revolves around Christmas Eve.

Our new tradition is this, on Christmas Eve, before bath time the children are able to unwrap a gift.
The gift contains two items- new pyjamas and a new book.

The reason I like this tradition is it takes away a tiny nth of the excitement children are feeling on this eve, the sense of urgency to wake up the following morning and tear all that paper away is in a tiny way reduced from being able to open one gift. And as that gift is integrally linked to the bedtime routine means there is an urgency created by the children to get to bed so they can enjoy their gift.

Last year was the first time we introduced this and I loved the sense of excitement created (probably because I love the sense of excitement more than the little people!).

This year I was delighted to find to discover books with such a Christmassy feel, a little bit of sparkle to really make it special.

The great thing about these books is they fit the bill without breaking the bank, at an RRP of £2.99 they don't take away from any investment Christmas presents.

Everything's Rosie: The Last Snowball
When Big Bear wakes up from his deep winter sleep, he's sad to find that he's missed out on all the fun that snow can bring. Rosie and her friends do everything they can to recreate the fun.

Thomas and Friends: Snowy Tracks
The island of Sodor is covered in a thick blanket of snow and the engines have been told to be care and not to go over any big hills. Gordon doesn't listen, he's sure that he'll be strong enough to steam over every hill he comes to. But it isn't long before Gordon finds out that snow is much more dangerous than it looks!

Mr Men: Meet Father Christmas
When Little Miss Tiny secretly wishes she could visit Father Christmas she doesn't expect her wish to come true. But magical things really do happen at Christmas and crazy things too when you're with the Mr Men and the Little Miss!

These books are perfect for our Christmas tradition, and will make wonderful presents for little ones. They are the perfect read for bedtime.

Disclaimer: I received three books for the purposes of a review. The views contained are my own.

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