🎅Milk and cookies? Mince pie and brandy?
What’s your family tradition to leave out for Father Christmas?
Ever wondered just why mince pies and milk are always left out for Santa on Christmas Eve (and of course a carrot for Rudolph)? It all started in the Netherlands. December 6 is the Festival of St Nicholas, when Dutch children leave him food & drink in exchange for presents...
Introducing your child to the character Santa Claus
Read Christmas books such as 'Twas the Night Before Christmas or The Berenstain Bears Meet Santa Bear. And, of course, it can't hurt to suggest that your child write a “wish list” that you can send off to the North Pole.
Other fun Christmas reads
Robin’s Winter Song - Suzanne Barton
A beautiful book featuring the much-loved Christmassy bird, the robin. Robin sees all the other animals preparing for winter, which sounded scary and bleak. But winter comes and Robin is amazed to see the snow covered landscape and how beautiful winter can be.A wonderful winter tale to snuggle up with for children aged 3-5 years old.
Pick a Pine Tree - Patricia Toht
Full of Christmas warmth, this tale follows a family as they look for the perfect pine tree to take home and decorate. Celebrating the traditions and merriment of Christmastime, and ending with the magical Christmas lights being switched
The Toys’ Christmas - Claire Clement & Genevieve Godbout
A heart-warming tale of toys embarking on an adventure to help Noah find his missing toy elephant, Fanfan. The toys meet with Santa Claus to tell him what their child owners really want for Christmas. A charming story with plenty of festive magic enhanced by the gorgeous illustrations! Aimed at children aged 3+ years.
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