Last week, Little Miss received her first ever Advent box. We decided to give her everything on the 1st rather than staggered throughout Advent, mainly to ensure we got the use out of things across the festive season.
Of course, books were a large part of her box – it’s no secret Little Miss is a fan! Two of the books included were courtesy of Parragon Books, arriving just in time for the 1st.
This month, we received Jingle, Jingle, Little Reindeer, (£4.50 on Amazon) a finger puppet board book. My colleagues bought us three of these finger puppet books when I went on Mat Leave and they have been solid winners with Little Miss since she was born. So when I opened the package and found a Christmas themed one, I knew it would go down a storm.
The pages are filled with brightly coloured snowy scenes of elves packing the sleigh, rabbits (Little Miss’ favourite) jumping through the snow and snowmen pointing the way as the Little Reindeer makes his way to help Santa deliver presents on Christmas Eve.
The book is also the perfect size to throw in your handbag so you always have something with you to keep little ones entertained – in our case, on long tube journeys crossing London en route to Nina’s house!
A few days later, another padded envelope landed on our door matt. When I opened the package to find a second book, I though there must be some mistake. This was a beautifully illustrated copy of Clement C. Moore’s classic poem, The Night Before Christmas (£2 on Amazon or The Works).
Harriet Munroe creates her unusual world out of paper and fabric then photographs them to produce her illustrations. The effect is bold and enchanting and has had Little Miss completely enrapt every night before bed since she pulled the book out of her Advent box. She collects this book from the shelf each night then settles down in the arm chair beside us with her bottle and Mog (the bunny), ready and waiting.