The Book That Made Me: Nicola Davies 15/05/19
The Nights Before Christmas
Publisher: Andersen Press
With so many Christmas classics gathered together into a single volume, The Nights Before Christmas is an ideal addition to any home or school library.
Featuring a story, poem or carol for each of the 24 nights of Advent, the focus of this eclectic collection is tradition and spirituality. Some contributions are festive extracts from much-loved texts such as Dickens’ A Christmas Carol and Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women. Others have their origins in both long-established, and more contemporary, folklore.
Further contributions from Oscar Wilde, the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen may be more associated with winter than Christmas specifically but every night’s offering is likely to encourage reflection and an appreciation of the view of Christmas as a time for ‘peace and goodwill to all men’.
Illustrated throughout in full colour by an award-winning illustrator, this classic yuletide anthology could be seen as the perfect antidote to the consumerism of some 21st century Christmases.