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It's good to see a book that suggests that Christmas means more than buying expensive electronic toys. First Festivals: Christmas provides 20 double-page spreads for primary children, linking the meaning of the event to ways of observing it. The nativity story is retold with simple prose and popular carols. These accompany suggestions for making seasonal items, some of which, such as Advent calendars and decorated stockings, can become attractive gifts. Others, such as manger scenes and gingerbread hearts, will allow a whole class or family to celebrate together. First Festivals: Christmas by Lois Rock is pound;5.99 from Lion Publishing.

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