Hello, everyone! It’s only three days until Christmas and you know what that means. Time to pull out those books to read kids to sleep. As a bibliophile, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to share with you a few of my favorite Christmas reads.
*How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss
I love the movie, so of course I love the book, too! This is a classic Christmas read with a great lesson about what’s really important during Christmas–the people you share it with. I don’t know a person who doesn’t know the story about the Christmas hating Grinch whose heart grows three sizes.
*What Child is This? by Caroline B. Cooney
I discovered this book back in Middle School, I believe, and have loved it ever since. It is probably the book that first sparked my desire to one day adopt. This book follows the lives of five different people, their lives all entwining as Christmas approaches. It’s a book about the heartbreaking reality of being a foster child, of not knowing your place while desperately wishing to belong. Its about having every comfort available and still searching for something that’s missing. It’s about trying to endure a holiday after a terrible loss. Honestly, this is a book I think we all need to read this year because while it’s about all of these heartbreaking situations, it’s also about hope.
*The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore
“T’was the night before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.”
Another well known Christmas classic. While I thoroughly enjoy listening to Family Force 5’s musical rendition, I thought a book would be a calmer way to share the story with the kids at night. I found this book at Target a few years ago and loved the illustration so much I had to buy it. Though my children know the true story of Santa, this is still a book I like to pull out and read to them on Christmas Eve.
*The Christmas Story
Every year I read the full Christmas story from the Prophesies to the Gifts of the Magi. This year I’ve been breaking down the Christmas story into four parts on Thursdays for my Blogmas. Jesus’ birth was the first step in the story of reconciliation between humanity and God. There’s a reason there are so many songs about it. Long before He was born, though, God had been weaving together His plan and giving clues to humanity; signs of hope that the separation caused by Adam would finally be brought to its final end. Both Matthew and Luke give an accounting of Jesus’ lineage and birth, though Luke is a bit more detailed.
There you have it, my four favorite books to read at Christmas time. Do you have a favorite book to read at Christmas? Are any of these a part of your library already? Let me know down in the comments! Happy Blogmas!