I’m dreaming of a white Christmas,
Just like the ones I …
… ‘ve seen on TV and in books but never actually experienced myself in my entire life!
Well, summer is what’s up at Christmas in this hemisphere of the world. We don’t need no beautiful winter scenery, or fancy white snow, or tongues stuck to frozen poles – we’ve got beautiful, vitamin D filled sunshine and beaches full of surf, sand and sun lotion and barbies and backyard cricket – “Howzat!” [Yeah, so stick a prawn on that! – Ed.]
Hopefully the scorching heat will hold off until after Christmas but what kind of Aussie Christmas would it be if I wasn’t wearing shorts and a pair of thongs, anyway?
Anyway … if explaining why Christmas doesn’t look like it does in the Disney book you’re reading to your little ones isn’t cutting any ice (hyuck, hyuck!) then try some titles with a local flavour:
An Aussie day before Christmas / Kilmeny Niland.
An Aussie night before Christmas / adapted by Yvonne Morrison ; illustrated by Kilmeny Niland.
Santa koala / Colin Buchanan, Glen Singleton.
Christmas at Grandma’s beach house
/ by Claire Saxby ; illustrated by Janine Dawson.
We wish you a ripper Christmas
/ written by Colin Buchanan & Greg Champion.
A very wombat Christmas / illustrated by Lachlan Creagh.
Alright! If those titles all felt a bit too “crikey, fair dinkum” for your Christmas tastes, you could try some of the more usual suspects, like:
Babar and Father Christmas / Jean de Brunhoff.
Big book of Christmas / Katie Saunders.
Peppa loves Christmas / adapted by Luaren Holowaty.
There was an old lady who swallowed a bell!
/ by Lucille Colandro ; illustrated by Jared Lee.
Elmer’s Christmas / David McKee.
And don’t forget that you can do more than read about Christmas, you can say a rhyme or sing a song, too!
How about a Christmassy adaptation, or two, of some oh-so-familiar rhymes:
Or a classic song:
If that’s not enough to keep you going, check out Jessica’s Storytime Christmas blog from last week.
So, please enjoy your holiday “break” [as if a parent really gets one – Ed.] and I wish you all a Very Merry Christmas and hope you have a safe and Happy New Year! See you soon.
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