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Story Snug Advent: L is for Lucy & Tom At Christmas

L is for Lucy & Tom At Christmas by Shirley Hughes

My brother had the original version of Lucy and Tom’s Christmas. It was reprinted in 2015 as Lucy & Tom At Christmas and has a new cover. I love the colour scheme, red and gold decorations on Christmas trees are my favourite! The story mirrors my childhood Christmases and I love the way that Shirley Hughes acknowledges that all the excitement can also be a bit much for children and make them grumpy and cross as well!

The Story: Lucy and Tom’s Christmas celebrations start with them stirring the Christmas pudding. Preparations continue with writing to Father Christmas, present wrapping and decorating the tree. Lucy and Tom wake up early for a traditional English Christmas Day with a church service, followed by lunch and games by the fire.

Author / Illustrator: Shirley Hughes

Lucy & Tom at Christmas - Story Snug

Last year author / illustrator Clara Vulliamy and author Polly Faber both chose Lucy & Tom At Christmas for Story Snug’s Advent Calendar.

The Little Christmas Tree by Rachel Elliot, Vicki Gausden & Corina Fletcher is a story and a Christmas decoration all in one!

The Little Christmas Tree - Story Snug
Little Grey Rabbit's Christmas - Story Snug

A childhood favourite of mine, Little Grey Rabbit’s Christmas by Alison Uttley and Margaret Tempest, has been reprinted for a new generation of young readers.

Last Stop On The Reindeer Express by Maudie Powell-Tuck & Karl James Mountford is a magical adventure. Full of love and warmth it can help children understand that sometimes families may have to spend Christmas apart.

Last Stop On The Reindeer Express - Story Snug
Lucy's Secret Reindeer - Story Snug

Lucy helps to take care of one of Santa’s reindeer in Lucy’s Secret Reindeer by Anne Booth and Sophy Williams.

We’re currently reading Letters From Father Christmas by J.R.R. Tolkien who wrote a letter every year to his children with stories about life at The North Pole.

Letters From Father Christmas - Story Snug

Can you suggest any more Christmas books that begin with the letter L? Please leave your suggestions in the comments or tweet them using the hashtag #StorySnugAdvent

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Thank you to Nicola Marie for suggesting llama llama holiday drama by Anna Dewdney.

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8 responses to “Story Snug Advent: L is for Lucy & Tom At Christmas”


  1. Ross - The Stented Papa avatar

    Lucy & Tom are a new one for me but they look great. I’ve just come down from bedtime story’s so I know Nip#1 would really love this. Santa might just have to pop one into her Christmas stocking 🙂 #MMBC


    1. Catherine avatar

      She’s going to do well this year 🙂


  2. Sinead (shinnersandthebrood.com) avatar

    Sounds like a lovely book. We haven’t come across it. Would be nice one to have for my littlest. #MMBC


    1. Catherine avatar

      It is gorgous. Maybe Santa will bring it for you 🙂


  3. Lisa avatar

    I’ve never heard of this book before. I wish my girls were still small, this would have been the perfect Christmas read #MMBC


    1. Catherine avatar

      It’s a wonderfully festive story to bring out every year 🙂


  4. Tara avatar

    The Lucy and Tom story sounds delightful. Such a great idea to give the original version a new look so more generations can enjoy it. #MMBC


    1. Catherine avatar

      The cover is new but all the illustrations are the originals. It really is a timeless story 🙂

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