I have so many fond memories of The Snowman from my childhood. It is a well-loved classic in our family; and everything from the beautiful illustrations, to my uncle’s hilarious Aled Jones impression, fills me with joy and nostalgia.
We would always watch it before the carol service at church on Christmas Eve. It evokes feelings of anticipation and unbridled excitement within me, and I can’t help but revert to my seven year old self whenever I watch it.
I also remember seeing a wonderful stage adaptation of the book when I was little – and even entered an art competition which was judged by Raymond Briggs himself! I didn’t win, but my mum still had the painting framed, and it proudly hung in our house for many years.
So, when The Snowman and The Snowdog was released on Christmas Eve 2012 (four days after Busby was born!), I knew that it would be an instant classic for me – and I hoped it would be a huge hit with my children in the years to come.
I was right.
We were kindly sent lots of gorgeous The Snowman and The Snowdog goodies to help us get into the Christmas mood, so yesterday morning was spent snuggled up in the living room watching the wonderful animation (Cuddly Snowman RRP £15.99).
After the film, we decided to continue on with our theme – so we made our way through all of the beautiful books the children were sent.
These personalised The Snowman and The Snowdog books include a custom avatar and your child’s name throughout (RRP £17.99). Both children were incredibly chuffed that they had been ‘featured’!
Of course, our very own snowdog had to be included too! Busby and H-Bear took great pride in reading all of the books to him – especially the board book (RRP £7.99)!
And then a hot chocolate was definitely needed after all of our reading!
I was also sent a couple of treats for myself – including this incredible Biscuiteers Snowman Biscuit (RRP £10.95), which I haven’t eaten yet because it’s too amazing! And this beautiful Snowdog decoration (RRP £7.80 for one, £26 for set of 4), that may well end up on our new mantelpiece this year instead of the tree.
Busby is currently collecting advent calendars, and as H-Bear has a milk allergy, it’s looking like B is going to be doing well for chocolate come 1st December! Just look at these two:
The advent calendars are both available to buy from Thorntons (RRP £7.99 and £10). I think I might have to help her out…
I’m SO excited that it’s the 1st December on Friday! I envisage re-watching The Snowman and The Snowdog MANY times over the next few weeks – as well as re-visiting the original The Snowman and the wondrous Father Christmas. Isn’t Raymond Briggs a genius?
I’m taking part in a The Snowman and The Snowdog Blogger Advent, so pop on over to lovely Candice Brathwaite’s blog tomorrow to check out her post!