The silhouette of Father Christmas and his reindeer soars through the air on this year's chosen card.

Freya submitted the design, complete with a Big Ben without scaffolding and baubles, to Dame Eleanor Laing's annual Christmas card competition.

The MP visited Freya at Braeside School in Buckhurst Hill to hand her prize and a selection of the printed cards.

Dame Eleanor choose the design from hundreds of entries received from more than 20 schools.

She said: "I was delighted to visit Braeside School and to thank the pupils and teachers who had put so much effort into my Christmas card competition.

"Freya’s design is really brilliant. So full of colour and activity, a lovely bright reflection of the Christmas spirit.”

Loughton-based Haslers Chartered Accountants again sponsored the competition this year.

Haslers chairman Jon O’Shea said: “We would like to congratulate Freya on her fantastic design, which really sums up the Christmas spirit.

“We have supported this competition for a number of years and are always extremely impressed with the quality of the submissions from local schools.

“This is a fantastic way to get young people to engage with the wider community and we feel very fortunate to be given this opportunity by Dame Eleanor.”

More than 900 copies of Freya’s design have been produced and will be sent out to fellow MPs and leading dignitaries, including Prime Minister Theresa May.