Smoke is billowing out of the chimney on this special christmas eve as big flakes of snow fall from the sky, making everywhere look white and sparkly and slippery underfoot,
The family go out for a walk in the snow gathering a big bunch of holly as they slip and slide along the path
Back home it's warm and cosy with a big log fire roaring in the grate and Isabella's stocking is hanging above the flames, there's an orange wedged in the toe and a teddy bear and some gingerbread poke their heads out of the top. Placed next to the stocking is a pair of red leather shoes that Isabella has long admired in the shop window.
Mrs Bulmer, the old lady next door, and her son George give Isabella a brown paper bag containing an apple, an orange, some nuts, sweeties and some pennies.
There's christmas cards strung across the brightly lit room along with paper streamers, and outside a snowman stands proudly in the garden, as night falls everyone heads off to bed and if you've been a very good girl
"the sleigh will ride tonight"
and santa will fill your stocking while you dream of sugarplums.
Love Lucey x