This little trinket has been in my family for as long as I have. As a kid I used to love winding it up and listening to it playing Silent Night as I sat by the Christmas tree. It always felt like a magical time.

As you can tell, the years haven’t been kind to it. The little angels look like they’ve been to hell and back, and the candles that used to sit on either side of the hymn sheet have long gone. Now it has caught my one year-old nephew’s eye and I fear it won’t survive much longer – another angel lost an arm yesterday.

So I decided to make this post. Not just in an attempt to digitally preserve it but also in hope that you too will feel its Christmas magic.

Have a great Christmas and New Year everyone!