Hi everyone. I was planning to do a completely different blog this week but then I realised …

CHRISTMAS IS COMING!

What?! It’s December already … when did that happen? So, I’ve thrown my current topic out the window (well, actually I’m going to save it for next time – heh, heh) and have decided to pip everyone else at the post and put some Christmas cheer out there with some timely book selections and rhymes.

I could go on about the wondrousness of Christmas time, the fact I’ve never seen a “White Christmas” (thank you Bing Crosby!) or wax lyrical about the time a Christmas cracker nearly burned my eyebrows off … but we’ve all been there, so let’s just get on with the blog.

To start off with, what would Christmas be without a visit from Santa? Luckily we’ll never know because Santa is TOTALLY REAL and comes down the chimney every year and delivers ALL our presents. YAY!

My first choice is a new book with some local flavour. Santa is coming to Perth / written by Steve Smallman ; illustrated by Robert Dunn and Stefano Tambellini.

Santa is coming to Perth

My second choice is one of a small number of new Christmas board books I have been holding on to so that I can put them out for the last Pram Jam of the year (Wednesday, 17th December). Since we are counting down to Christmas why not count down reindeer as well in this fun and jolly counting board book.

Eight jolly reindeer / [by Ilanit Oliver ; illustrated by Jacqueline Rogers.

eight jolly reindeer

Now for some rhymes, or rather this time, Christmas carols:

Jingle Bells

Dashing through the snow,
 in a one-horse open sleigh
Over the fields we go
 laughing all the way.
 Bells on bobtail ring
 making spirits bright.
What fun it is to ride and sing
A sleighing song tonight.

(Chorus)
Oh! Jingle bells, jingle bells,
 jingle all the way!
Oh! what fun it is to ride
 in a one horse open sleigh, Hey!
Jingle bells, jingle bells,
 jingle all the way!
Oh! what fun it is to ride
 in a one horse open sleigh.

And always a great choice to finish off the caroling:

We wish you a Merry Christmas

We wish you a Merry Christmas;
We wish you a Merry Christmas;
We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Good tidings we bring to you and your kin;
Good tidings for Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Oh, bring us a figgy pudding;
Oh, bring us a figgy pudding;
Oh, bring us a figgy pudding and a cup of good cheer
We won’t go until we get some;
We won’t go until we get some;
We won’t go until we get some, so bring some out here

We wish you a Merry Christmas;
We wish you a Merry Christmas;
We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

In case I don’t see you at the last two Pram Jams of the year, let me just say the sincerest best wishes to you and your families from all the staff at Cockburn Libraries.

Hope you have a Very Merry Christmas and a safe and Happy New Year! I’ll see you then.