One of the best things about the run up to Santa paying a visit is all of the great Christmas stories available for kids. Every night I love nothing more than snuggling down on F's bed as he's tucked up under the blankets and reading him a magical story from the pages of a good book.
F recently received The Empty Stocking off a dear friend as a Christmas present and I couldn't resist opening it early so we had something new to read. As soon as we finished F immediately asked to read it again, which is always a great sign and on this night I was more than happy to. The story is beautiful and really celebrates the spirit of Christmas, not just waking to an armful of presents but about love for others, kindness and selfless acts. I had been looking for something exactly like this to teach F about the importance of giving.
Written by Richard Curtis – who directed Love Actually amongst many others – the story starts with twin girls, Charlie and Sam, awaiting the arrival of Father Christmas, but with one twin being horrid this year will their stocking be filled?
This heart warming story, full of beautiful illustrations allows us to see behind the naughty deeds and understand the difference between right and wrong from a child's point of view. This is the perfect festive book and is now one of my favourite Christmas reads for F.