Dear December Fifteenth,
You’re the month of giving. With every present under the tree and every party that you host, it’s crystal clear that you’re the generous month. My favourite gift to give is a book. Whether it be fiction or nonfiction, there’s nothing like giving someone new words to absorb. I myself received The Christmasaurus by Tom Fletcher for my birthday this year; I hung on until your month, December, to turn the first page. Today I wanted to write to you about this lovely children’s book (that is most certainly for adults too!) that would look lovely beneath the tree in ten days time or, equally, become the best companion for you for the rest of your magical month.
The Christmasaurus tells the story of the lovely but lonely William Trundle and Santa and his wannabe flying… dinosaur! Our sweet protagonist is having troubles at school; the new girl, Brenda Payne, has ruined his school life and he no longer has any friends. His once friends who didn’t even notice his wheelchair now mock his wheels alongside Brenda. This, of course, brings many trials and tribulations and leaves young William feeling very low. William Trundle’s dad, Mr Trundle, is Christmas’s biggest fan (it’s hard not to picture Tom Fletcher saying the very same things Mr Trundle says with glee). Our Christmas loving Mr Trundle notices a change in his son but instructs him to write his letter to Santa. This is probably the best thing he could have done for his Willypoos, even if it isn’t immediately obvious. And what does William ask for?
A dinosaur, of course!
Santa gets to work, not wanting to disappoint the obviously down in the rotten dumps child. Christmas Eve comes along as it does every year, but this year it comes with a festive adventure for William Trundle. He has felt so alone, feeling resentful of his wheelchair for the first time in his life. But this Christmas Eve, something was about to change. And maybe he’d no longer feel quite so alone.
I’ve also spent this month ADORING the soundtrack to The Christmasaurus; the most brilliant songs Tom Fletcher released to accompany William Trundle’s story. The Christmasaurus Live is coming to London next week and, although I’m secretly hoping I can find a way to go, I will be living with The Christmasaurus: The Musical Edition to get over it. December, I think you’ll adore the songs. They’re right up you’re street. Here are my five favourite songs from the album (it actually hurt to leave the rest of the soundtrack off of this list… Please don’t put me on The Naughty List, Tom!):
- I’ve Been a Good Girl
- It Must be Christmastime
- Don’t Know What It Is
- Christmas Makes Me Sick
- I Ho, Ho, Hope It’s Santa
The Christmasaurus has accompanied me throughout the first half of your month; I’ve loved coming home from work late at night to another chapter or so of this book. It’s the most twinkly-jingly-sparkly Christmas tale and it takes one sentence to forget it’s a children’s book before you’re immersed in a story all about letters to Santa, little rhyming elves, a jolly Santa Claus and one special dinosaur. I’m a little sad I’ve closed the book on William Trundle’s adventure but I’ve got a soundtrack to adore for the rest of your month. I totally recommend this festive read that has maintained and increased my festive feelings, even when, like all of us, I’ve felt a little tired throughout your draining but delightful month. You might even like to gift it to your sibling months, December.
Enjoy whatever party you’re attending tonight, December! I’ll write to you tomorrow.
Love, Kat ❤
P.S. I wrote to you about my Mrs Claus hat yesterday. I’ve linked the letter HERE if you haven’t had a chance to read it yet.