A Small Christmas by Wong Herbert Yee
Fireman Small spends all day on December 24th picking out and decorating the town’s Christmas tree. He finishes up as the last shop closes and heads back to Firehouse Nine to climb into bed. He falls fast asleep but, much like in ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, he was woken around midnight buy a noise on the roof. When investigating, he finds Santa all covered in soot and offers to wash his suit. Unfortunately, Fireman Small needed to be more careful when washing Santa’s suit because it came out several sizes too small…of course, that doesn’t matter when Santa is fast asleep in Small’s bed. So, little Fireman Small, dons Santa’s suit and saves Christmas for the town.
While a cute little story (for me, at least), it didn’t get much of a reaction from Liam. He did like seeing a dog in a Santa hat at the end of the book, though. There’s still hope for it since Liam tends to surprise me and he did sleep with it last night so he didn’t totally dislike it. I’ll have to give it some time to see if it grows on him.