My Favorite Holiday Books

It’s Writer Wednesday and we’re opening the door to the holidays….


Twas the night before Christmas. . .

And all through the house was a land of Legos and a big stuffed mouse. My sons trailed behind me, reluctant they were, to head off to bed before Santa was a blur.

I pulled out a surprise, a book they held dear. Everyone crawled into bed and lay ready to hear. . .

I read to them softly to lull them to sleep and in came the dog to find her place in the heap. Next came the cat who was up in a leap. And we all snuggled down in a warm and cozy cuddle anxious to step into the story . . . TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS of Santa’s great night.Twas Night Before Christmas[2]

Of course one story would never do, so we fell into laughter with Cindy Lou Who in HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS and gave it back.How the Grinch Stole Christmas[2]

And finally we’d end with THE CHRISTMAS STORY, where Jesus was born on a cold winter’s night and a shining star led the Wise men to the Christ child who lay in a manger so dear.TheStory ofChristmas[2]

Every night we all climbed into one bed and read. Sometimes a single book, sometimes two, but always at Christmas we read our three favorites.

Do you have favorite holiday books you read at Christmas? A favorite tradition?

Please share them with us in the comments below and we’ll have new stories to read and memories to share. Also, take a moment to check out my fellow Firebirds and their favorite holiday books. . . – Natalie Meg EvansLauren ChristopherSharon WrayKay Hudson, and Tamra Baumann

Stop by next month when we share our holiday decor!

10 Replies to “My Favorite Holiday Books”

  1. Hi, Jean. This is a lovely way to kick off the holiday season! I must add “Best Christmas Pageant Ever.” It’s a book now – and video, but i have the original story torn from a magazine back in the 70s. Ladies Home Journal??? I read it to my class every single year that I taught school and they loved it. The video kind of spoiled it for me because the actors they chose are not how I pictured the characters at all. Just like many books to movies. Anyway, Happy Holidays to you and WRITE ON! BLESSINGS, Heather

  2. Jean, these are terrific books, and I must have been a very bad Mommy at Christmas because I watched a ton of Christmas movies, but never read these books to my kids. I even have a dancing Grinch who sings, “You’re a mean one, Mr. Grinch.” I have so many favorite children’s books, e.g. The Velveteen Rabbit, Kermit the Hermit, and others, but just must have missed reading in December. Resolve to remedy that with my soon-to-be-born grandchild.

  3. Aw, now you’ve made me remember ‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.’ And Baba the Elephant goes to the North Pole. My dad used to read that to me. Christmas as a child was such a beautiful, magical time. I wish I could recapture it and sprinkle it into these complex, adult years.

  4. These are the BEST books ever Jean! My kids adored these too! I used to enjoy my kids’ excitement after they’d open the next surprise flap on the advent calendar and then snuggle beside me on cold December nights while I read these to them. It was even a bigger joy when they started reading the books to me! 🙂

  5. I’ve never had kids to read to, but I remember my mom reading Night Before Christmas to me. Probably Dickens’ Christmas Carol, too. But, I have to admit, I was ten years old when the Grinch was published (had to look that up). Maybe I read that one to my little brother.

    1. Kay,
      My sons loved Dr. Seuss books. When the cartoon movie came out with The Grinch it was a Christmas ritual to watch the movie and reread the book. My oldest son sings and played the Grinch last year during their concert choir event at Christmas. 🙂 So, “You’re a big one, Mr.Grinch” is sung at least once around our house…lol. Can’t escape it…

  6. I love all of these books too, Jean. And although my kids are now teens, they still drag them out every Christmas (along with a few others I’ve kept) and read them to the dog. I guess it’s more legitimate that way. 🙂

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