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!

Comments (10)

  1. Heather Ashby

    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. bellwriter

    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. Wendy LaCapra

    Your post made me want to snuggle up with a few of these again! Thank you for igniting those happy memories!

  4. natmegevans

    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.

  5. tamrabaumann

    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! 🙂

  6. Kay Hudson

    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. Jean Willett (Post author)

      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…

  7. Sharon Wray

    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. 🙂

    1. Jean Willett (Post author)

      LOL, yes, reading to the cats and dogs in the household is legitimate. I plan to have brand new copies available for my sons under the tree this year. A memory gift to share 🙂

    2. Heather Ashby

      LOVE “read them to the dog,” Sharon!!! Hugs.


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