The tree is lit. The advent calendar is nearly complete. Children speak of Santa wishes, and adults wrap fervently into the night.
Our choir has been doing the rounds – the plaza, the shopping centre and Bunnings – carolling down the aisles and making people smile, while the sausage sizzle tickles nostrils.
I love this time of year.
When I was a kid, we used to watch Christmas movies on TV. They played the same ones every year – probably still do. These days, we read Christmas stories with the children – the European dream of Christmas seeps into your blood and soul, and sweet Christmassy stories make hearts burn.
We have a bunch of favourites. These are books we love.
Count my Christmas Kisses by Ruthie May & Tamsin Ainslee
The Nutcracker retold by Margrete Lamond & Ritva Voutila
What Do You Wish For? by Jane Godwin & Anna Walker
The Twelve Days of Christmas by Alison Jay
The Poky Little Puppy’s First Christmas a Little Golden Book
The Nights Before Christmas illustrated by Tony Ross
Have you got any favourite Christmas books to get you and the children in the Christmassy mood?