In a classic book on Christmas, a snowman comes alive and takes a boy aflight, cruising the snowy night sky together.
In another, St. Nick visits, whistling and calling at his reindeer to "dash away, dash away, dash away all!"
In a book turned into a beloved animated film, a boy boards a magic train at night and learns about Beliefs and Friendships and Love.
They tingle one's soul; they warm one's spirit; they glow within one's heart.
And for many years, they've turned the summery, rainy Christmas in Singapore a tad wintry for me. Cooler. More magical. Then with a tinge of warmth - (some will say it's the spirit of cheer, I think peppermint mochas have something to do with this, too.)
All in the mind?
It's all in the pictures and rhymes, too. Christmas picture books always stir something strange in one.
What are your favourite Christmas picture books? Come share and recommend them here. I'd love to add more to my ... not-long-enough list.
* Christmas Time: Alison Jay
* The Snowman: Raymond Briggs
* The Night Before Christmas: Clement C. Moore & Dana Regan
* The Polar Express: Chris Van Allsburg
(These links will lead to the artists' legitimate websites/organizations, except for Clement C. Moore's poem, which doesn't seem to have its own.)
* On another note, I just received a heartwarming review/feature on MY CLEAREST ME from the talented folk tales author, Miranda 'Sibo' Paul. Miranda very kindly gave Wynn's story an entire sky of stars. (Wynn went and listened to the moon. I, however, am simply over the moon!) Please come say hi to Miranda:
Thank you all for the encouragements and support. This year has been amazing ... but, more on this next week. I'll save my gratitude till next week. Specially for you. (Yep, you, and you and you ...)
Have a good week, readers!
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