And so the Christmas countdown begins. Santa is busy visiting the country’s shopping centres, lights are being switched on, strains of jingle bells accompany us as we get the weekly shop and for many children, Santa lists have been written and sent off to ‘Himself’.
Yes. Already. And isn’t even Thanksgiving yet. Sheesh.
Anyhoo, before I go all bah humbug and before we all get carried away with indulging our little ones’ endless requests for Skylanders, Nerf guns and Wii u (no – me neither), let us not forget about the simple, humble gifts from days of yore which we, as children, adored and (hopefully) still treasure now, as adults.
Books! Yes, books.
Possibly not as squeal-inducing on Christmas morning as the latest electronic gadget but trust me, when the batteries can’t be found and the screwdriver won’t fit and the packaging the latest electronic gadget came in has been squashed flat and you curl up on the sofa with your little ones (glass of red in one hand and the book Santa delivered in the other), you will realise that there really is no better gift than a good old fashioned book.
Walker books have some fantastic new titles available to suit all age ranges. From tiny tots to troublesome teens there really is something to keep everyone happy. Some of my favourite titles are the following:
These are all excellent books. The reference books are crammed with information and ‘life-the-flap’ details. The Nutcracker and The Night Before Christmas have beautiful illustrations and interactive ‘pop-up’ elements and the fiction titles are just superb reads.
Details for all these, and other Walker books, can be found on the Walker Books website http://www.walker.co.uk/holidays-are-coming and there is currently 25% off the titles when ordered through the site.
So, perhaps you could add a little P.S. to the Santa lists, to give him a gentle reminder that a book or two wouldn’t go amiss in the stockings this year.
Some may say, old-fashioned. I prefer to say, timeless.