Favorite Christmas Books

It’s December already!  This week, Anna and I will be sharing our families’ favorite Christmas books.  At our house, Christmas stuff comes out of the day after Thanksgiving–we go cut our tree, pull out ornaments, decorations, and the Christmas china, and reacquaint ourselves with our Christmas books.  Here’s what we’ll be reading over the next few weeks:

Our family loves Ezra Jack Keats (of The Snowy Day fame), and The Little Drummer Boy is a wonderfully illustrated book to the words of the Christmas carol.

The next few books are by my all-time favorite illustrator of children’s books, Tasha Tudor:

For those who have loved Corgiville Fair and The Great Corgiville Kidnapping, Tudor revisits the charming animal village for an old-fashioned Christmas celebration in Corgiville Christmas.

After a friend showed me her copy of this Christmas anthology, I scoured used bookstores until I found Take Joy! last year and gave it to the kids for Christmas.  We’re excited to add these stories, carols, and poems to our Christmas traditions.

A Time to Keep is not just a Christmas book–it actually pictures holiday celebrations from all throughout the year–but the Christmas pages alone could be pored over for hours.  I love this book as much now as when I received it almost three decades ago.

My parents still have our childhood favorite Christmas books at their house, for all the grandkids to enjoy, and one of my favorite stories from their collection has been reprinted in color:

Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree is not exactly classic literature, just a cute little story about a Christmas tree that keeps getting chopped and finds its way into several homes down to the little mice who are grateful to have a tree “just like Mr. Willowby.”

Our family also has a tradition of reading the Christmas chapters from the Little House books as well as reading the Christmas story aloud from the Bible on Christmas Eve.  What are your family’s favorite Christmas books?


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