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I love books about Christmas! I always have done, the very first picture in this post I adore, it is from Miss Read’s book Over The Gate, a story about rival neighbours which is very humorous! I love how the little girls and their mamas are dressed in this picture :)

Each Christmas I love to look through all the Christmas books in the house ( which includes Julia’s books this year too ), stories, compilations, craft books, cookery and crochet books, I love to leaf through the pages and be seeped in Christmas magic!

Each night, at Julia’s bedtime, I am reading Julia a story from the book My Christmas Treasury ( which is a fabulous book! ) and then singing her a carol from the book, she loves it, as do I!

I have just finished reading Enid Blyton’s Christmas Stories ( which has only come out this year ), it is such a lovely book, with short Christmas stories and a long story running right through the book called Family Christmas, which goes through all the traditions of Christmas. I have recently attained quite a few Enid Blyton books ( more about which I will write in my next post ) after a long time of wishing for them, 2 of which you see here, the Christmas book and Julia Saves Up. I had the latter when I was little and loved this book, it has Christmas stories as well as normal stories in it’s pages, and of course with the title story been about a little girl called Julia, I could not resist!

The doll I was crocheting for Julia for Christmas turned out not so good, so I have crocheted the doll you see above instead :) It is a Waldorf inspired doll, done using this pattern, I really enjoyed making this one, and with the pattern been so versatile, I will definitely be using it again! I shall wrap this dolly up for Christmas for Julia, I can not wait to see her face when she opens this! We managed to get a wooden dolls cot to match the highchair and pram ( see previous post ), so she will have the set come Christmas morning, the cot was really hard to obtain, and I thought it would have to be after Christmas when we got it, but thankfully they came back in stock and we got it for our gorgeous girl :)

Julia is cutting new teeth on an almost daily basis now! She loves to show us her tooty pegs bless her, our beautiful baby girl :)

I am loving the build up to Christmas, it is probably my most favourite time of the year, and Christmas with a toddler in the house is magic! I am loving the wrapping of presents, the making and buying of gifts, the writing out and delivering of cards, I loved putting the tree up and seeing Julia’s reaction to it ( wary at first, but now she won’t leave it alone! ), listening too and singing Christmas carols, reading Christmas stories quietly and aloud, planning on what Christmas fare to cook and bake, I am really looking forward to going to the Women’s Institute ( of which I am a member ) Christmas party with a good friend of mine, that will be fun! Yes, I love Christmas :)

Thank you for reading everyone, bye for now :) xx

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