Our Favorite Christmas Stories

I’m super excited to be sharing some of our family’s favorite Christmas books! Like Emily’s family, our Christmas stuff comes out the day after Thanksgiving. For us, this means the artificial tree and all the wreaths from non-alive materials (allergies!), as well as all of our favorite books. I have been collecting Christmas books for many years, and each year I buy one or two more to add to our collection. This year, maybe I’ll add some from Emily’s list!

Where do I even begin? I guess with our favorite, The Night Before Christmas.

Growing up, my family had a tradition of reading this wonderful poem on Christmas Eve, and we have continued that with our kids. I love this book so much that we have collected several versions, including one illustrated by Jan Brett.

The Nutcracker is another classic tale that we have several versions of, one with pictures by Roberto Innocenti and another with illustrations by Maurice Sendack. (Warning: this is not a story for the faint of heart, or those who have nightmares!)

Another of our favorites is Turkey for Christmas, by Marguerite de Angeli, a sweet tale of a poor family who has to choose between giving presents and having a turkey for Christmas dinner. The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree is another wonderful story about a mom and child waiting for dad to come home.

For the littler set, we love Snowmen at Night, Bear Snores On, and Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening.

This year, I’ve already picked up two new books, but haven’t showed them to the kids yet: The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey, and a collection of Christmas tales by George MacDonald. I am especially looking forward to the George MacDonald stories.

What are your favorite Christmas stories? I’d love to have ideas for next year!

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4 Responses to Our Favorite Christmas Stories

  1. Emily says:

    We love the Nutcracker (Diane Goode version), but I didn’t know there was a Maurice Sendak version. Adding to the wishlist!

  2. Becky says:

    I love the Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey! I just added that to our collection this year too. I have The Gifts of the Child Christ and other Stories and Fairy Tales of George MacDonald (it’s on Amazon, I just searched for it). My mom got it for me in 2001 at Christmas. It’s a very nice collection of stories.
    Thanks for putting these lists of books together! I love getting new ideas. 🙂

  3. Kaitlyn H. says:

    Holly and Ivy by Rumer Godden and illustrated by the wonderful Barbara Cooney!

  4. Elsa says:

    We love Bear Snores On and Stopping by Woods… I finally got our Christmas/winter books out, so here’s a few of mine (mostly nostalgic rather than literarally excellent): Katy and the Big Snow, The Puppy Who Wanted a Boy, Babar and Father Christmas, The Snow Bears.

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