Vicky’s Christmas Advent Calendar

As part of our authors’ 12 Days of Christmas, which will start on Friday 13, the AR/SC/EA team have been given space to blather on about what Christmas means to them. Bonus day for you with Vicky Hooper, our fantastic intern, and Abi Pukaniak, our Production Controller! First up is Vicky, and remember to check out each day’s post to discover whose books are reduced to £1 in our Pre-Christmas Sale of Madness!

I adore Christmas. I love everything about this season, from the first leaf fall to the day itself. This time of year is so magical and I love the way it brings people together, the cheer and the good spirit it can bring out.

There are some things that we just naturally associate with Christmas, and then there are the personal touches, the films we always watch at this time of year, the books we re-read when the nights get longer, the food we can’t wait to see come into the shops… So, to celebrate my appreciation of all things Christmassy, here is my personal advent calendar of my favourite Christmas delights:

Advent Chalkboard

Day OneYou open up a little picture of a red truck to reveal…

The Coca Cola Trucks. That feeling of excitement and anticipation you get when the first Coca Cola Christmas advert comes on TV. Holidays are coming!

Day TwoYou open up a picture of a tree in a window to reveal…

Decorated Shops. The twinkling lights, the displays in the windows, the huge trees, Christmas music playing in the air, pine and caramel scents drifting round town, the Christmas market… Magical! At Christmas, town centres transform from bustling, stressful places to wonderlands. Ok, stressful wonderlands, but it’s still lovely.

Day ThreeYou open up a picture of an owl in a Christmas jumper to reveal…

Harry Potter book 1Harry Potter. There’s something so Christmassy for me about Harry Potter – the books and the movies. Is it the magic? The Christmas jumpers? The fact Dumbledore looks a bit like a pointy Santa Clause? Anyway, they’re an essential Christmas staple for me.

Day FourYou open up a picture of a teddy bear wearing a wooly hat to reveal…

Winter Clothes. I love winter clothes! Big hats, wooly jumpers, stripy gloves, leg warmers, big warm boots… and if they come in Christmas colours and Christmas designs, so much the better. Pyjamas with robins on them? Snowman socks? Can’t get enough!

Day FiveYou open up a picture of a fat, very satisfied looking mouse to reveal…

Sprouts. HA HA HA, just kidding! What I meant to say was cheese. ALL the cheese. Round cheese, flat cheese, baked cheese, blue cheese, smelly cheese, sharp cheese, mild cheese, cheese with breadcrumbs on top. Cheese.

Day SixYou open up a picture of a flame in the shape of a smiling face to reveal…

Howls Moving CastleHowl’s Moving Castle. A very personal one here. This is my favourite book, a childhood favourite, and so full of magic, humour, romance, adventure, mystery and joy that it’s just perfect for Christmas.

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