Obviously, I love reading. In fact, Christmas books are one of the things that I look forward to most this time of year.
Christmas books take me back to being a kid. My grandmother would read them to me, and I would read them myself. Now that my kids are older, these books remind me of when they were little babies, curling up on my lap to hear a story. It’s a strange double memory, seeing back into my past twice.
Today, I wanted to share with you the books that my family reads for Christmas. I really don’t intend to give you a breakdown of these books because you’ve probably already read them.
Santa Clause and His Elves by Mauri Kunnas
This book is one that my grandma read to me when I was a kid. Because of this, I read it to my kids exactly the same way she read it to me.
The Polar Express, by Chris Van Allsburg
I do enjoy the movie, despite the uncanny valley issue with the characters. But there’s nothing like reading this beautifully illustrated book to your kids. Mine will still let me read it, even though they’re 13 now.
The Joy of a Peanuts Christmas, by Charles Schultz and distributed by Hallmark
This was literally a holiday book that Hallmark put out and I found at a second-hand store. It’s just a collection of strips from through the years.
Letters from Father Christmas, by J.R.R Tolkien
If you’ve never heard of this one, it’s a collection of letters that Tolkien wrote for his children. It’s quite touching.
The first few chapters of Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott.
“Christmas won’t be Christmas without presents,” muttered Jo. And it just gets better from there.
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, by Barbara Robinson
Did anyone get through elementary school without reading this book? Does anyone else start crying at the last line? “Hey! Unto you, a child is born!”
A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens
Nothing can be said about this book. It’s the perfect Christmas book, and I start reading it every Black Friday.
And don’t forget, the 12 Days of Short Stories starts tomorrow! I’ll be posting welve short holidays stories, one every day until Christmas Eve! They’re all origional, never posted anywhere else. I hope you enjoy them, as my Christmas gift to all of you.