The Christmas Present by Alexander McCabe

November 22, 2019

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I have this thing about Christmas, to me, Christmas is not just relegated to December. Why should we only talk, plan and celebrate the magic of Christmas for just one month out of the entire year? Especially when us parents are telling our little ones that they had better have been good ALL year as Santa is always watching. Although there is something special about having to wait for eleven months before the magic is unleashed yet again.

Each year I look for ways in which I can make Christmas a little more special, more meaningful, more memorable for the children (and a little bit for myself too). This Christmas I have something special for us all to enjoy as part of the run-up to Christmas. A way to countdown the days, reaffirm our belief in Santa and ensure that we are always leaning towards the good list. This year I have a copy of The Christmas Present by Alexander McCabe, featuring Gabriel The Elf.

The Christmas present written by Alexander McCabe

Did you know that at the very moment you were born Mrs Claus allocated you an elf? It’s true! Your very own elf who watches to see when you have been naughty and nice. Every year, just before Christmas, your elf reports to Santa and Mrs Claus so they can decide what presents you can have from your list.

Yet there are some people who don’t believe in Santa. I know, it’s crazy…but it’s true! Once they stop believing in Santa, then their elf is banished from the North Pole and only allowed to return when they start believing in him again.

Gabriel the Elf is worried. His child is beginning to think that Santa isn’t real. He doesn’t want to be sent away from all his friends at the North Pole, but what can he do? There is only one thing he can do…

He must prove Santa is real.

What I thought of The Christmas Present…

I have to confess that I have not yet shared the story of The Christmas Present with the children. It is something that I am waiting for until December 1st – alongside the arrival of the Christmas tree and decorations. I have, however, enjoyed the story a couple of times as it is such a heartwarming Christmas tale. One that makes you stop and think about Christmas.

The book is not like your typical Christmas book in that it comprises of 96 pages, so a much more substantial read than ones you have read previously. Separated into chapters, it makes it much easier for you to read one each night over the course of a week or so rather than digesting a whole story start to finish in one sitting (and possibly never read again).

Throughout the chapters, you are treated to full-page illustrations which can help to bring the story alive – especially for younger children. Although having read the story I do feel it is aimed at children aged 6-11 years. But I’m sure Piglet will be happy to sit and snuggle whilst the story is read either by myself or one of her older siblings.

The Christmas present snowglobe

The Christmas Present story is available to buy on its own or as part of a special gift set. The gift set contains a copy of the book as well as a special snowglobe to help bring the magic of the story alive – plus who doesn’t love snowglobes? Both of these are then housed in a beautiful box, which not only makes it the perfect gift, but also something that will be brought out each Christmas and enjoyed time and time again.

Where can you buy The Christmas Present by Alexander McCabe?

The Christmas Present book and gift sets are available to buy from Amazon and WHSmith branches. Alexander McCabe will also be hosting some book signings at selected WHSmith stores across the UK. For further details head over to his events page.

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  • Iain maciver November 22, 2019 at 6:39 pm

    everything .i.m christmas mad

  • fiona waterworth November 22, 2019 at 6:50 pm

    My favourite thing is decorating the house and watching my youngest get more and more excited

  • Susie Wilkinson November 22, 2019 at 7:01 pm

    A few days away from work to relax with the family

  • Tracy Nixon November 22, 2019 at 7:33 pm

    I love seeing the lights and decorations!

  • Julia Kerr November 22, 2019 at 8:14 pm

    Spending time with loved ones and seeing everyone happier and less stressed

  • Kelly Wheelhouse November 22, 2019 at 8:41 pm

    I love spending time with my family over the festive period 🙂 And I also love seeing all the pretty lights!

  • aj November 22, 2019 at 8:45 pm

    family time

  • Solange November 22, 2019 at 8:53 pm

    Spending time with family.

  • Emma Walters November 22, 2019 at 10:16 pm

    the exciting build up, waiting for the big man to arrive

  • Allan McRae November 23, 2019 at 1:06 am

    Its watching my boy open his presents

  • Peter Watson November 23, 2019 at 8:47 am

    Christmas dinner

  • Kathleen Bywaters November 23, 2019 at 8:55 am

    Being with family and not worrying about how much food I eat!

  • Priscilla Stubbs November 23, 2019 at 9:00 am

    I love to watch the children opening their presents

  • Kim Coate November 23, 2019 at 9:20 am

    Love being with all the family, eating drinking and playing games

  • Emma G November 23, 2019 at 9:45 am

    My favourite thing about xmas is the annual panto

  • Jo November 23, 2019 at 10:20 am

    I love everything about Christmas! The cold (ish) weather, the decorations, the gift buying, my kids excitement (this is the best bit), it brings the magic back abit when you have children.

  • Katie November 23, 2019 at 10:29 am

    The food is my favourite thing about Christmas

  • ADEINNE TONNER November 23, 2019 at 11:09 am

    For me it has to be eating way to much food and having fun with my family

  • Caroline Blaza November 23, 2019 at 11:10 am

    My favourite thing about Christmas is spending time with my family x

  • Rachel B November 23, 2019 at 11:25 am

    I just love all the family time we spend together.

  • Kelly Knowles November 23, 2019 at 11:46 am

    I love the uninterrupted time with the family, no work, no school, just fun

  • Joanne Ahmed November 23, 2019 at 11:57 am

    Family time & the cosiness! Oh and definitely the food 😀

  • Christine Lockley November 23, 2019 at 12:11 pm

    I love the build up – the gift shopping, wrapping, the lights, the music, the films it all feels so magical

  • Anna Moloney November 23, 2019 at 1:11 pm

    A cute present for the grandchild!

  • Kathleen Marsden November 23, 2019 at 2:35 pm

    Christmas lunch with family

  • Angela treadway November 23, 2019 at 4:12 pm

    seeing my children opening thier pressies x

  • Margaret Gallagher November 23, 2019 at 4:47 pm

    Family fun and games

  • Mel Turner November 23, 2019 at 5:24 pm

    Seeing the magic in my children’s eyes

  • Kate Cunningham November 23, 2019 at 6:07 pm

    Family together, feeling young again, thinking of dearly departed and new members of family, board games that become bored games, wrapping paper everywhere, excited children, crazy dogs. Just a fab time.

  • Justine Meyer November 23, 2019 at 8:02 pm

    I love Christmas Day and connecting with family and friends

  • YOLANDA DAVIS November 23, 2019 at 9:08 pm

    Boxing day; when the worst is over!!

  • michelle o'neill November 24, 2019 at 5:41 am

    The christmas dinner!!

  • Ruth Harwood November 24, 2019 at 8:27 am

    Sitting on boxing day with a feeling of satisfaction that everyone is happy and I can relax with a book! xx

  • Ursula Hunt November 24, 2019 at 1:22 pm

    I love watching my little grandchildren’s faces when they meet Santa Claus

  • Debbie Skerten November 24, 2019 at 2:41 pm

    I love all the excitement on the children’s faces. It’s all so magical.

  • Stacy Renee November 24, 2019 at 5:40 pm

    I love showing my daughter all the wonderful traditions! We’re reading an advent story this year!

  • Karen W November 24, 2019 at 8:58 pm

    Having some quality time with the family

  • Karen Usher November 24, 2019 at 9:16 pm

    I love everything about xmas, but my very fav thing is the atmosphere that xmas brings, everything is sparkly and bright, lights twinkle outside house, anticipation into what present you will get! I love the build up to it.

  • AndiG November 24, 2019 at 10:22 pm

    Love having the time to spend with family.

  • yvonne pallett November 24, 2019 at 10:24 pm

    Love spending quality time with family and friends at this seasonal time of year and watching the saucery eyes of the little ones – magical

  • Lisa Parker November 24, 2019 at 10:26 pm

    Christmas dinner with my family x

  • Jenny McClinton November 24, 2019 at 10:28 pm

    I love the christmas lights on the tree as it makes the house all cosy, and i also love how excited my daughter gets about christmas.

  • Rich Tyler November 24, 2019 at 11:18 pm

    Seeing how happy little ones are

  • Lisa Foley November 25, 2019 at 9:58 am

    This would be a lovely gift for my nieces!

  • Charlotte G November 25, 2019 at 11:31 am

    Putting the tree up & seeing my kids’ faces when they see their presents 🙂

  • Noreen November 25, 2019 at 11:59 am

    Watching the children open their presents on Christmas morning!

  • S. Otoole November 25, 2019 at 3:20 pm

    Watching my Granddaughter open her presents, the look on her face is always amaizing

  • Andrea Fletcher November 25, 2019 at 5:51 pm

    I love visiting christmas markets and spending time with family.

  • Kim Neville November 26, 2019 at 4:35 pm

    Having all the family together on Christmas day

  • Susan Smith November 26, 2019 at 10:47 pm

    I love everything about it, but its seeing the kids excitement Christmas morning which always brings a tear to my eye, seeing their faces when unwrapping their presents and the excitement they show, when they have gotten what they wanted, its wonderful

  • Natalie Burgess November 27, 2019 at 10:35 am

    Everyone is always so happy and its the most precious thing in the world to see how excited the children are xx

  • Hannah Lord November 27, 2019 at 2:05 pm

    Spendin time with the family as Christmas is some years the only time we see each other as live so far apart

  • Danielle Graves November 27, 2019 at 10:13 pm

    I love getting to make Christmas magical for my son, seeing his little face light up at the decorations and Santa etc is wonderful x

  • Pam Smith November 28, 2019 at 8:13 am

    Spending time with family and loved ones

  • Gemma Hendry November 28, 2019 at 10:03 pm

    My favourite thing about christmas is seeing the happiness in my daughters eyes as she experiences the magic of christmas

  • betsy ferguson November 28, 2019 at 10:39 pm

    the turkey dinner

  • Jayne Wilson November 29, 2019 at 6:20 am

    Seeing my great granddaughter getting excited

  • Pam Francis Gregory November 29, 2019 at 8:20 pm

    Spending quality time with family

  • holly harmsworth November 30, 2019 at 12:28 am

    everything! It is my favourite time of year and makes me super happy 😀

  • Carole Nott December 1, 2019 at 9:56 am

    I love meeting up with m,y family

  • Suzanne Gaulton December 1, 2019 at 10:12 am

    Christmas Eve with the kids – our traditional trip to the panto, new PJ’s before bed & much excitement!

  • Rachel Craig December 1, 2019 at 10:47 am

    Favourite thing about Christmas :- It being the Season of Goodwill.

  • A.E. ADKINS December 1, 2019 at 8:16 pm

    My fav thing about Christmas is spending time with friends and family

  • sarah tulley December 2, 2019 at 7:12 pm

    watching my kids open there presents

  • Jemma Dwyer December 3, 2019 at 6:10 pm

    I love the build up 🙂 love doing the tree with a Christmas film in the background

  • ashleigh allan December 4, 2019 at 7:33 pm

    Lots of family time!

  • Julie Ward December 4, 2019 at 8:47 pm

    Xmas dinner with my son and his family ( my son cooks)

  • Allison Sherwood December 5, 2019 at 8:08 am

    I love the whole atmosphere of Christmas.
    I can still remember that sick with excitement feeling I would have on Christmas eve then feeling even more excited when I had my own children.

  • Troy Easton December 5, 2019 at 6:34 pm

    Has to be food the pig in blankets, Turkey, potatoes, veg so tasty.

  • Emma England December 5, 2019 at 9:49 pm

    My favourite thing about Christmas is seeing my little boys opening their presents.

  • Lynn Neal December 6, 2019 at 9:12 am

    Decorating the tree and preparing the food!

  • Katrina Adams December 6, 2019 at 10:30 am

    I love the food, the extra excuses (not that we should need them) to socialise with friends and family, self-indulge and make memories.

  • Allan Fullarton December 6, 2019 at 7:25 pm

    Love the decorations and lights.

  • Susan Willshee December 6, 2019 at 8:08 pm

    I just love having the whole family at home and everyone happy and enjoying themselves.

  • Sally Burdin December 7, 2019 at 9:54 am

    Spending time with family

  • donna l jones December 7, 2019 at 1:16 pm

    has to be the food

  • Alison Johnson December 7, 2019 at 1:17 pm

    We decorate the tree as a family with the kids choosing a new bauble/decoration to buy each year.

  • Sallyanne Rose December 7, 2019 at 6:32 pm

    parkrun and my dinner

  • Sheri Darby December 7, 2019 at 6:43 pm

    I love having all the family at home

  • Fiona Johnstone December 7, 2019 at 7:17 pm

    Love seeing everyone opening their pressies. Even my dogs. Ripped paper everywhere.

  • Hayley F December 7, 2019 at 8:58 pm

    I love the atmosphere and eating lots of chocolate of course

  • Edward Guerreiro December 7, 2019 at 9:03 pm

    I love all of the food. Especially the stuffing cooked with the turkey.

  • Su Brett December 8, 2019 at 2:05 am

    Spending extra time with all the family

  • Sandra Fortune December 8, 2019 at 7:07 am

    Playing with my little grandson on Christmas Day

  • Ian Yates December 8, 2019 at 7:30 am

    Drinking sherry at 9 a.m. without askew glances….

  • Geri Gregg December 8, 2019 at 7:43 am

    Spending precious time with my family

  • Danielle Pooley December 8, 2019 at 7:56 am

    Spending the time with family, around the dinner table eating a lovely Christmas dinner

  • T Brailey December 8, 2019 at 8:15 am

    Would have to be getting together for Christmas Dinner. Oh and the crackling from the pork.

  • Sarah Morris December 8, 2019 at 8:24 am

    Sending time with the family

  • Jennifer Toal December 8, 2019 at 8:35 am

    Watching the kids faces

  • Rachael Sexey December 8, 2019 at 8:55 am

    Just spending time with my children

  • Emma Middleton December 8, 2019 at 8:58 am

    Has to be experiencing the joys of Christmas all over again with my little boy and spending time with the family

  • Simone Griffin December 8, 2019 at 9:47 am

    I love the whole build up and the look on my son’s face when he sees his presents x

  • Alix Smith December 8, 2019 at 10:29 am

    My mother in law’s homemade Christmas pudding!

  • Adrian Bold December 8, 2019 at 11:40 am

    My favourite thing about Christmas is the great food and drink.

  • Denise Walton December 8, 2019 at 11:43 am

    Spending time with my family

  • catherine Bullas December 8, 2019 at 11:55 am

    I love seeing the excitement on my kids faces

  • Susan B December 8, 2019 at 12:39 pm

    Catching up with family and friends is the best part of Christmas.

  • paula cheadle December 8, 2019 at 3:48 pm

    Seeing the kids faces when they realise that santa has been

  • Lindsey Stuart December 8, 2019 at 4:14 pm

    I love the build up to Christmas, every one is excited and the festive parties are brilliant too.

  • Clare Martin December 8, 2019 at 5:25 pm

    I love spending time with my family and eatling lots of nice treats!

  • Jeanette Leighton December 8, 2019 at 5:49 pm

    Spending time with my family and seeing my children happy

  • Maria Jane Knight December 8, 2019 at 6:03 pm

    Making memories and traditions to last our family a lifetime!

  • Cathryn Crawshaw December 8, 2019 at 6:11 pm

    spending quality time with the family

  • Tracy B December 8, 2019 at 7:06 pm

    All the twinkly lights and spending time with family

  • Helen S December 8, 2019 at 7:35 pm

    Spending time with those people that you care about, whether that be friends or family or those in the community who get together at Christmas to enjoy a meal together.

  • Carly Belsey December 8, 2019 at 7:38 pm

    Time off of work and time off of school and quality time together. I cannot wait

  • Laura Pritchard December 8, 2019 at 7:54 pm

    Seeing my kids’ faces and excitement.

  • Kirsteen Mackay December 8, 2019 at 8:31 pm

    I love cooking all the delicious Christmas food.

  • Dawn Samples December 8, 2019 at 8:50 pm

    Christmas Eve because it is so exciting and magical for the children x

  • Sam Parkes December 8, 2019 at 9:06 pm

    I love all the magic and excitement of Xmas from the kids about santa coming

  • Sarah Roberts December 8, 2019 at 9:13 pm

    l love the whole family being together Christmas day as normally its so hard to get to see everyone on the same day.

  • Rebecca Townsend December 8, 2019 at 9:13 pm

    My favourite thing about Christmas is watching my children get excited, you can feel the electricity in the air as the days & the magic get closer.

  • Kerry Horsburgh December 8, 2019 at 9:32 pm

    My favourite thing about Christmas is my son getting excited about Santa! He was afraid of him last year but is three now so understands much more.

  • Kirsty Taylor December 8, 2019 at 10:08 pm

    I love everything about it – the food, fun and excitement!

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