We love to read together as a family, but especially in the days before Christmas. It slows things down and these are our Favorite Christmas Books!
When I was growing up we had the best Christmas traditions. We would spend all month finding ways to serve as a family, ditching goodies or groceries on doorsteps or sliding envelopes of cash into doors. My parents really emphasized that it was the season for giving, not receiving. They gave to us as well with fun traditions that made us come together as a family and enjoy time together versus just stuff which is quickly forgotten.
Every Christmas Eve my mom read us a few favorite Christmas stories, always ending with the bible story of the birth of the Savior. I wanted a similar tradition with my own family, but we’ve changed things up a bit because I noticed almost immediately after having children that we had a problem.
All season long we rushed here and there and the reason for the season was quickly lost in the shuffle. I vowed to get shopping done before December, give more than receive like my parents had taught me and to slow down and be present.
Thus began our Favorite Christmas Books tradition. Each year we buy a new book or two and wrap them, along with the books from previous years. The kids pick out one book a night which we snuggle up under the glow of the Christmas tree and read together. It is quiet and wonderful.
A time old classic, The Night Before Christmas absolutely has to be included for it’s magic in the reality of Santa, even for adults.
With beautiful illustrations and a fun, but important story about Teeka’s humorous attempts to control the rambunctious reindeer in time for their Christmas run, your children are sure to enjoy this Christmas story.
Get ready to cry your eyes out in the best way possible while you listen to the inspired story about a boy who decides to give his Father the ultimate Christmas gift, one that he can’t hold, but will never let go of.
Oh how we love this book! Have you ever wondered what snowmen do at night? This author has and not only is the story adorable and fun for the family but the illustrations have hidden pictures for your kids to find!
I am an easy crier but there’s just something so tender and true about the Tale of the Three Trees. Three trees all aspire to be something one day, but they never imagined they’d be chopped down and turned into mundane objects that end up the most precious in all the world because of the person who uses them.
Clara is the beautiful little girl who goes on a wild and beautiful adventure with an unexpected hero. This classic ballet is quickly being forgotten, but not by our family. Every child should hear the story of the nutcracker.
When bear decides not to hibernate so he can enjoy Christmas all the animals decide to help. Is he able to stay awake? Read to find out!
Oh how we love this tender story about a little lamb who isn’t like the other lambs, he has a crippled leg. The shepherd has no choice but to leave him behind as they make their journey, but maybe there is something better in store for him. A great book to talk about differences and how we each have a purpose for being here.
This is the true story of a little girl named, Virginia who wrote a letter to the paper asking if Santa Clause is real and the response is just beautiful!
One of my favorite Christmas books as a little girl was, The Biggest Most Beautiful Christmas Tree. It’s about a whole bunch of forest animals who try to make the best Christmas tree in order to let Santa know they live there so he will visit. It’s adorable and perfect for little kids.
Jonathan, the best woodcarver in the valley, keeps to himself and never smiles or laughs. Then one day he has visitors, and the quiet request of one of them, a small boy, changes everything.
Big Ox makes room for animal after animal in his warm stable, but the most important one that joins the group isn’t an animal at all.
We LOVE this book that not only takes you through the nativity but also provides free downloads for ornaments and especially questions along with the story to really inspire the family discussion and allow teaching moments.
Little Nell lives with a bunch of BIG girls who are always telling her she’s too little to do anything. Until she proves that even the smallest person can do big, important things.
Follow the outrageous shenanigans of the Herdman kids, or “the worst kids in the history of the world.” The siblings take over the annual Christmas pageant in a hilarious yet heartwarming story involving the Three Wise Men, a ham, scared shepherds, and six rowdy kids. This book is longer so you’ll want to read it over a week’s time.
Every year a town person gets to pick out the Christmas tree for the town. This year a father and daughter pick it out but then he is sent off to war and the little family struggles to have the things they need. This story is one that we read and then we place the angel on top of our tree. We talk about the significance of all angels, including what this one means to us from the story.
A Dr Seuss classic, you can’t have Christmas without it!
This is one of those books that my mom read on Christmas Eve and I now read with our children. We love the magic and quiet, peaceful story that inspires hearts to always Believe. It’s perfect with a cup of hot cocoa too!
Now let’s hear from all of you, what book should we get next?
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