Tigerlilly Quinn: We Like To Read - Dick Bruna - The Christmas Book

Monday, 16 December 2013

We Like To Read - Dick Bruna - The Christmas Book


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.

Thoughts?

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we were sent a copy of The Christmas Book but all words and thoughts are my own (course!)

15 comments:

AlphaBino said...

I didn't even know this existed! Getting it right away, thank you!

Anna said...

looks like a lovely book, hope you all have a great christmas!

Gretta Schifano said...

I love Dick Bruna's illustrations. I think you're free to celebrate Christmas whatever you believe. There was an ancient winter festival long before it was appropriated for Christmas. Just enjoy it!

AnnieMammasaurus said...

We love this book - so simply beautiful x

NewMumOnline said...

Oh we will definitely have to hook up as we LOVE TO READ in this house. I do love those illustrations like you. Must dig our Crimbo books out xxx

Adele Jarrett-Kerr said...

Beautiful book! Forgot that it was on this week. We'll have to do a Christmas special too. :)

Swazi said...

I love Dick Bruna - Miffy especially and I remember this book from my own childhood :o)

Life With The Crew said...

Cute book - a lot of times "simple" is better!
I also have to figure out how Christmas will be presented to my little babe. I grew up attending church on a regular basis with my family and was involved in a loving church family, however, I am now non-religious. My focus is on the attributes of Christmas - goodwill, love, sharing and caring for others. There are lots of good stories and traditions that surround the holiday, and most of them are secular or pagan anyway.

Anna J said...

Lovely illustrations. Looks like a super book.

Michelle Ashmore said...

This is a great linky and one I hope to join in with soon :)

Jenni said...

I'm definitely on the love it side of these illustrations.

Kara said...

Love the illustration - looks very old school! Love the idea of the link, I will join you now I know about it

Adele Jarrett-Kerr said...

I'm another one who loves these illustrations. Where do you find all these beautiful books?! I've linked up another illustration-heavy book too. There's something about the story of Christmas that can inspire anyone. Simple people were chosen to do great things. Hope existed when all should have been thought lost. The call to love and care for one another. Those things speak to all of us.

themummydiary said...

We love Dick Bruna as well, especially Miffy. We aren't a religious household but I do try and explain about Christmas and the reasons behind it, we donated toys, clothes etc to the charity shop and we make sure our neighbour who lives on her own are ok. For us it is about being together and having fun, making time to do things no matter what.

Fiona Peacock said...

I had this book growing up! I'll have to see if my parents still have it in the loft. Ah, how nostalgic.

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