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And with good reason.
This was to be a different type of Christmas book. A book about how a family celebrates Christmas, and how a lot of family holiday traditions really revolve around preparations. In fact, the reason the book has such a personal feel to it is because many of the traditions that Olivia and her family celebrate were taken straight from Ian's childhood memories: Being asked to set the Christmas table was a big honor for Ian (as it is for Olivia in the book). The caroling by the piano, the "Santa watch," the order in which things were done (tree up Christmas Eve, dinner, caroling, hanging stockings), even the phrase "warming your trotters by the fire"--all of it has roots in the Falconer home. And since Ian never did catch a glimpse of Santa at Christmas, neither could Olivia. It's for the best, really. Olivia likes to be the true star of her books--Santa would have met his match.
For your viewing pleasure: A bonus illustration of Olivia not available in Olivia Helps with Christmas!
This book was purchased for my new niece Olivia. Her mom was thrilled to receive it!Published 1 day ago by LH
We love all the Olivia books at our house, but this particularly captures the excitement and sometimes mischief Christmas can bring. Read morePublished 1 month ago by AnnaMarie L. Ogunmola
These Olivia board books are top notch. Quality, value, construction, and content are always spot on. Would recommend.Published 4 months ago by He's a Nurse?!
My three grandchildren loved the book and I did not mind reading it to them a dozen times.Published 4 months ago by mlmi17
I'm pretty sure this is the best Christmas book ever (right after the Sweet Smell of Christmas).Published 4 months ago by Readmore McCarthy