This new addition to the National Library’s popular ‘Little Books’ series rejoices in our nation’s unique way of celebrating at Christmas time. Ever since the first settlers struggled with their traditional notions of a White Christmas in Australia’s December heat, the singularity of an Australian Christmas has been celebrated in verse, art and song. The Little Book of Christmas explores Christmas sentiment in Australia with poems by authors including Norman Lindsay, Colin Thiele, Adele Kipping and Les Murray, carols by John Wheeler and even some Christmas recipes. These are complemented by delightful photographs and images from the Library’s collections.
It’s a lovely 56-page long collection of poems, carols and recipes. My favourite texts are Christmas Tree by Michael Thwaites; Aussie Beach Christmas by Clare Bebrouth; The Magic of Christmas by Helen Iles; Christmas at the beach by Colin Thiele; Silent Night by Dan Vallely; and Aunt Alice Always Made a Cunning Pudding by Adèle Kipping.
It’s a festive read to get a good sense of what a warm, sunny Australia Christmas Day feels like, especially with the text entitled A Real Christmas Day by Colleen Burke.