Candice: For my daughter’s first christmas, just before she turned one, Phil bought her a book. It is a personalised story of the big Christmas rescue where she saves Father Christmas and Rudolph from drowning at sea (not as depressing as it sounds!)
At the time she didn’t really appreciate it, and the same could be said last year. However, this year while I was sorting out the Christmas stuff I found the book and showed it to her. And suddenly she loves it! We have to read it every night at bedtime and she carries it around the house.
The story tells of a little girl being woken by a noise on Christmas Eve, and finding Rudolph in her kitchen trying to ring 999 but he can’t dial with his hooves. She makes the call and he reports that Santa has crashed in the sea. RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) volunteers jump in to action and rush to save him.
She gets an hug from Santa and an extra treat the next morning from ‘You know who’ to say thank you for her help.
You can personalise the book with your child’s name, sex and skin colour. She loves to point at the picture and say that’s her and it’s her slippers under the bed, her with Rudolph and so on.
It’s lovely to see her developing so much, understanding what things mean and even being able to read her name – every E we see is E for Erin. But also to finally start to understand what Christmas is about. We aren’t at the point of waking up in the middle of the night to open presents but I’m planning some fun on Christmas Eve: reindeer food on the patio, mince pies by the back door and a note from Santa at the end of the bed, just like the one in the book.
To buy the book go to the RNLI shop and help to support an important cause too.