The Snowman 30th Anniversary Edition : Review and a Giveaway

Snowman 2012


Did you know that this year marks the 30th anniversary of The Snowman? It seems incredible that it was 30 years ago and I have very fond memories this story.

Well, a special edition in HD is released on Blu-ray and DVD, coming out on November 5th, so we can all relive it again.

We were sent a copy to review, I was surprised that we didn’t have it already to be honest. Snuggled up last Sunday evening, we lit a fire and drank hot chocolate and marshmallows and watched it all together. Everyone enjoyed it, even Miss A at only 3 years old.  It’s really magical from start to finish, and has become a tradition to watch it, with lots of families, at the festive season.  And what a storyteller Raymond Briggs is!  This enchanting tale takes you on a journey with James and the friendly snowman.  I don’t want to spoil it, but its a journey James will never forget.

The special features are also really good fun with an audio commentary and Aled Jones and Peter Auty talking about the misconceptions surrounding the original recording of ‘Walking in the Air’. The DVD will be available at all major retailers, including Amazon.

Would you like to relive this journey again? Or perhaps, your children were too young to have ever seen The Snowman film before.

Well, I have three copies of the DVD to give-away, but that is not all.  The first prize winner will also win a special set, that combines a magical story book, illustrated with pictures from the film and an audio CD with readings by Andrew Sachs and music by Howard Blake and featuring the famous Christmas song ‘Walking in the Air’ sung by Peter Auty.

All you need to do is :

1. Follow The Ana Mum Diary : You can do so by clicking on the ‘To receive email updates CLICK HERE  Any queries then tweet me! @gidders1.

Please also let me know you have done this, in a comment.

2. Tell me, what traditions you have at Christmas, from the weird to the wonderful, I would love to hear from you.

Thank you for reading


Terms and Conditions:

  • This prize draw is open to UK residents aged 16 or over.
  • One entry per person.
  • The Ana Mum Diary and Universal retain the right to change the competition if necessary.
  • The prize will be sent to you directly from Universal and Penguin.
  • 1st prize will be the DVD, book and CD, 2nd and 3rd Prize will be a DVD.
  • If the winner does not contact me within one week, I will re draw another winner at random.
  • Entries must be received by email before midnight on 25th November 2012.
  • A winner will be chosen at random and notified by 26November 2012.



  1. nicola t says

    ive followed you, i always buy the children new pjs to wear on xmas eve, we sit down with xmas movies, hot chocolate and cookies

  2. Angela McDonald says

    I’ve followed!
    Also our family traditions are that the kids look in their stockings when they wake up on christmas morning and then they come into our room to show us ‘what santa bought them!’ Then we all get out of bed at 7:30am and put on the annually bought christmas cd.. we all ahve coffee with a dash of Baileys (the kids have hot chocolate with marshmallows) then we each open 1 present before breakfast. Myd ad then cooks a fry-up and afterwards we open the rest of our presents taking it in turns one by one by sitting in a circle. Then we all chip in helping with the christmas dinner and in the afternoon we all sit and watch christmas films and the Only Fools & Horses Christmas special!

  3. pringles01243 says

    Me and My family – we always watch Miracle on 34th Street 2004, completely silent with popcorn at hand awesome!!

  4. ashleigh says

    i have subscribed. We always make chocolate truffles on christmas eve and on christmas eve in the morning there is always a present for the kids from mrs claus which includes christmas pyjamas, a christmas dvd and christmas book

  5. Fiona Matters says

    I have followed you :-). One of our traditions at christmas is actually to all sit down and watch the snowman together so this would be wonderful!

    All the presents get put under the tree on Christmas Eve and then we get stockings (from Santa) during the night. We meet up on Christmas morning to look at our stocking toys and then go downstairs for Champagne and nibbles and to start getting everything ready. There is Christmas carol music and then we open our pressies.

    Christmas lunch is around 3.

    I’m now getting all excited! I do love Christmas!

  6. tracey gibbons says

    have followed you, our traditions or on christmas eve we make home made cookies for santa, then we sprinkle the reindeer food in the garden, christmas day i have all the family round for christmas dinner and lots of family games

  7. Chezza says

    Hi ya
    I do follow you!
    Aahhhhh not sure which I love more The Snowman or Christmas itself. As soon as we get the ‘Christmas TV mag’ (The only time I buy!!!!) a must to see when the Snowman is showing, and mega disappointment if its not on!!! Love the whole time of year. Starting with Christmas eve being the kids birthday so party party and lots of fun, still hanging onto the Santa activities at night!!!! Followed by a film – it has to be ‘The Polor Express’ a great film to reassure belief, hot choc and biscuits!!
    Christmas Day – I try and wake before the kids so that we can grab a cuppa and in position with video camera (too precious too miss!!! and of course the Christmas tunes. We take it in turns to open (drives Sime mad!!) as I love seeing the surprises on their faces. Breakfast on the carpet is a must by the fire.
    Gosh still lots to do before I get to this however xx

  8. Carolina J. says

    I am a follower by email. We are a young family with a small baby, so we are only yet establishing our traditions.

  9. emma cella says

    My family give small christmas tree presents on boxing day, we have done this since my brother and i were kids. We also put up the tree decorations all together and my dad smokes a cigar on Christmas day after dinner.

  10. olivia kirby says

    I am following!!
    We always spend Christmas Eve with my family, mum makes lots of sausage rolls and mince pies, me and my sister take the older kids to Christingle then we play board games. Dad always makes Champagne cocktails and scrambled eggs with smoked salmon in the morning while the kids go mad on the presents!!

  11. Nicola Marie Reynolds says

    Hello there, what a lovely giveaway! Love The Snowman. I’m following your blog as requested.

    My families tradition is that we always watch Home Alone on Christmas Eve whilst we prepare all the veg ready for Christmas Dinner!

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  13. Louise R says

    I have subscribed by email. We always re-arrange the tree decorations on Christmas Eve night. No idea why it started.

  14. Tina Mansfield says

    I have joined etc and my cristmas tradidtion is to buy one christmas decoration from each country or place we visit. Then when we put them all on the tree at christmas we can think of all the fun sunny holidays we have had!! ( and yes I even have a stingray in a santa hat!)

  15. fiona waterworth says

    have followed your blog.
    Every christmas eve the children get new pjs and slippers, have a bath then hang up their stockings, we then watch a christmas dvd, most importantly put out the mince pie and carrot. We have done this for 30 years and now its the grandchildren who follow this routine

  16. caroline kelly says

    This is my first christmas in my house – just me and my 2 year old daughter so looking forward to starting some nice traditions, we’ve already decorated our own christmas baubles 😉 Bought them for just over a pound and kept her quiet for ages!

  17. vicky m says

    I have followed via email. My christmas tradition is that w always go and see my grandma in the morning. Not very wierd or wonderful!

  18. Joanna Orr says

    Am already signed up for emails!
    We cook our Christmas Turkey on our BBQ (after we went on a BBQ Christmas Cookery Course!!) So what that it was snowing last year – it was good fun!!!!!

  19. Laura Pritchard says

    I’m signed up.

    My favourite tradition my dad started is the ‘After Christmas Present’ – Dad realised that after 2 or 3 days of getting loads of presents we were all deflated & depressed when we realised that was it.
    So he’d emerge one evening a few days after Christmas with another present each & would say, ‘It’s that time when you think, ‘If only I could have just one more present…’ – I’m intending to continue it with our kids.

  20. Katherine De Riera says

    Lovely competition thankyou! I love watching this film at Christmas!
    Our family traditions are for the kids to be up very early to open their presents then we have a leisurely breakfast and either go to my mums for lunch or my mum comes to ours! I just love Christmas! :)

  21. says

    We haven’t got any traditions as yet but I am trying to form some as LO gets older. Does getting the Radio Times and circling everything we want to watch count 😉

  22. Polly Bastow says

    Have signed up for emails and following on twitter.

    I am a Grandma trying to win this delighful film for my Granddaughter. She spends Christmas day at home and then I visit them on Boxing day to see her playing with her new toys and give her a Christmas kiss x

  23. Lorna Peppiatt says

    We do a family Secret Santa, and get together on Christmas Eve to give out our presents, it’s a lot of fun!

  24. says

    I’m following on email!

    Ooh, Christmas traditions – we need more of them! We always go to the local at noon for a pint. And before we do presents, we get the kids to take them all from under the tree and put them in lines for each person. The deal is: Grandad’s line MUST be the longest! :)
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  25. Kirsty Fox says

    I follow via email

    We always have to make a gingerbread house the day before, and christmas morning we all have to take it in turns to open a present but we have to still be in our pyjamas. This year we are starting a new tradition, we are all going to have a new pair of xmas pyjamas to wear on christmas eve

  26. kathryn mackinnon cook says

    We get out a terrible old Bing Crosby album and play it while putting up the tree – every year. and there has to be mulled wine & mince pies too!

  27. Julie brooke says

    Have followed your blog :). We have a tradition where all the family members that don’t like sprouts eat at least one!!

  28. shelagh milne says

    Have followed your blog.We leave present opening until everyone can sit down together whilst the turkey’s cooking.We eat about 5pm and then people start falling asleep,its the same every year.

  29. Angela Wilcox says

    Following your blog via email.

    I always make my own christmas cake. I bake it august and then feed it brandy every month til Christmas. I also make my own mince pies, while playing christmas music. My mum has always done this so I do too :)

  30. Eleanor Powell says

    It’s my daughters Birthday Christmas day, so we have Christmas in the morning and Birthday in the afternoon. We never have Christmas cake only Birthday cake. It’s hard to keep the two separate and to keep it a bit special for her

  31. lorraine polley says

    already a subscriber.
    we always open one present each at midnight on xmas eve, that means staying up and having a late night and not so early morning!!!!

  32. Katherine Coldicott says

    Signed up for email updates.

    Our Christmas traditions are to always go for a long walk before Christmas dinner, gold star on top of the tree and the dogs get to eat Christmas dinner too (but not at the table).

  33. Sheila Reeves says

    subscribed to updates – Traditions are no tv on Christmas Day, so we can play the new board game that has been bought, and a walk after lunch whilst still wearing our paper hats from the crackers

  34. Anna Aird says

    We always leave a mince pie and glass of wine out for Father Christmas on Christmas Eve and hang stockings on the fireplace. Oh and watch the Downton Abbey Christmas special of course (a relatively new tradition!). x

  35. Sarah Lee says

    Have followed you on twitter! we go to the panto on xmas eve then we get up on xmas day open some prezzies and save some for after lunch when all the rest of the family are over!

  36. SUSAN L HALL says

    I have followed you and it might be kookie but i always have an eggnog to start Christmas morning ..but just the one! ( sort of :-) )

  37. Deanne Harrison says

    on xmas eve we all have a bath and have our new jarmies on the radiator , they have to be red jarmies :) and a new red dressing gown , then we leave some milk and cookies out for santa , on xmas morning our tradition is that I creep down stairs first while the kids wait at the top of the stairs i shout SANTASSSS BEEENNN :) XXX

  38. Hannah WHitling says

    Have signed up for the e-mail.
    We dont have any family traditions really, my mum died unexpectedly a few years ago, so all that matters for us at Christmas is to just be together and enjoy each others company. We have a traditional Christmas dinner, and take the dog out afterwards, but nothing else really other than have a laugh, watch some tv maybe, talk and everyone just relax.

  39. sian hallewell says

    Have signed up.
    On Christmas Day presents from under the tree are opened after dinner – which seems to get earlier each year! We also play some traditional games like Charades with varying success.

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