The Christmas Book - Dick Bruna - £1.99
I've posted about Dick Bruna in this 'we like to read' series. I've come to realise his illustrations are a love or hate thing. It's probably quite obvious I fall into the former. I adore the colours and simplistic style to his drawings.
It's only fitting I feature The Christmas Book as this is the last 'we like to read' before Christmas! Now Wilf's birthday is over (post to come) we can start getting excited for the big day. Last year we had a really simple one just Tom, Wilf and I (which was perfect after the year before with a eleven day old). This year we are spending it with Tom's family for the actual day but coming home the same day so we get the comfort of our own beds which I think will be a help with us all getting a bit more sleep.
Wilf is getting quite excited about the idea of Christmas, we donated money to his nursery (which is charity run) and to a couple of other charities and dropped off a big bag to our local charity shop. I have been trying to explain to him about the concept and getting into the spirt of the festive season without putting too much emphasis on the commercial part of it. A balance I've written recently about worrying to get right.
I want to read the nativity story to Wilf so he understand what this religious festival is based on. I'm still not sure to how to explain why we celebrate some parts and not others. I like the whole feeling of good will and kindness to others. Of giving and thinking of those in need. Tom and I are not in the slightest bit religious (I would describe myself as agnostic but Tom is an atheist - he got a bit cross with me when I described us both as agnostic before ;)) so I struggle a little with how it's OK for us to adopt the bits we like and not the fact it is a religious holiday.
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we were sent a copy of The Christmas Book but all words and thoughts are my own (course!)