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December 24, 2014 / ljbradburn-Smith

Christmas is a serious business

We have a tradition every year on Christmas eve to get together, as a family, and read Christmas stories before we go to bed. This tradition has been going for as long as I can remember and even in the sulkiest of our respective teenage years my siblings and I still insisted that we read the stories together.

There are 3 rules and no exceptions:
1. If friends come over they have to listen (not just friends actually, enemies would have to listen too),
2. Christmas on Exeter Street (which we read every year) has to have everyone’s undivided attention and has to be taken seriously (there was uproar when my uncle read it whilst drunk one year and decided to ad-lib)
3. We only go to the pub after we have read at least 3 stories together.

Here’s a list of my all-time favourites

1. Christmas on Exeter Street by Diana Hendry
2. The Night Before Christmas by Clement Clarke Moore
3. A Letter To Santa Claus by Rose Impey
4. A Christmas Story by Brian Wildsmith
5. The Jolly Christmas Postman by Janet Ahlberg, Allan Ahlberg
6. Father Christmas by Raymond Briggs
7. Father Christmas Goes on Holiday by Raymond Briggs
8. Mog’s Christmas by Judith Kerr
9. The Smelly Sprout by Allan Plenderleith
10. The Snowman by Raymond Briggs

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  1. Grace / Dec 24 2014 12:01 pm

    See you later<3

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