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20 of the greatest opening lines from our favourite Christmas and winter-themed books

There's not much we don't love about the traditions of Christmas. Mince pies, mulled wine and, yes, giving and receiving gifts are all pretty great activities over the festive period.

But perhaps one of our favourite things to do on a cold wintry night is to curl up with one of our favourite Christmassy books and travel to far away places, while we let the glow of an open fire warm our faces. 

Just the cover and reading the first sentence of our most-loved festive novel can send shivers down our spine and get us feeling ready for the happy times ahead. 

Here, we've shared 20 of our favourites and their opening lines. All we need now are some chestnuts,

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