Carol Ann Duffy's text is wonderful. It's such a modern Christmas tale, with cash machines, traffic jams and shopping malls, but it still keeps that childhood magical Christmas feeling. It brings back all of those lovely Christmas memories, whilst not being schmaltzy or sentimental.
On the night before Christmas, a child in a house,
as the whole family slept, behaved just like a mouse,
and crept on soft toes down red-carpeted stairs.
Her hand held the paw of her favourite bear...
Sadly it has gone out of print. John Murray, please bring it back!