We have in our family a Christmas book called ‘The Jolly Christmas Postman’ by Janet and Allan Ahlberg ( yes we have the regular ‘Jolly Postman’ book as well).
This book gets unpacked at Christmas time when the brown cardboard boxes marked ‘Christmas’ are taken down and opened. Out comes the tree and decorations, the music DVDs, the lights, the bean bag Santa and the Postman book.
It was always a special event to have the book read to you and then to finally be old enough to read it alone. The last step before growing out of the novelty was to be trusted enough to read the book to younger siblings.
Eventually the book gets passed to the next adult generation. Even in this world of iDevices the book holds the attention of young children as they read each address
and open each envelope – every second page –
and read the contents. After Christmas the book will be packed away and forgotten, until December rolls around again.