This was a great charity shop find. First published in 1906, (though this is a revised edition from 1988), The Child’s Christmas is an anthology of stories and poems, with original illustrations by Charles Robinson.
I read one of the stories with Owl this evening – the others were distracted as Granny was here. Getting all of them together to read is still proving elusive as every day has been so busy recently, with everyone in and out at different times, but as I read to the other three yesterday and Owl today it seems to even out.
I’m looking forward to reading more of it, with all the children when they are in the right mood. There are stories and poems by Eleanor Farjeon, Enid Blyton, Charles Dickens, Susan Coolidge, Tolkein, Alison Uttley, Laura Ingalls Wilder and Hans Christian Anderson, among many others. I hope that it will become a part of our Christmas tradition every year to dip in and out of this wonderful collection – a glimpse into Christmas past.