Christmas stories

Every year I bring up our Christmas books and magazines, tuck them into a basket, and put them somewhere to catch our eyes.  Our daily ‘breakfast and storytime’ becomes ‘breakfast and holiday magic’ time.  The kids are either laughing or I’m crying, depending on the tale.

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Here are a few that we all enjoy:

Two the kids like better than I do:

  • Snowmen at Christmas by Buehner – the rhythm is erratic in this rhyming and playful tale.  Tias still likes to find the hidden cats, Santas, dinosaur
  • Bear Stays Up at Christmas by Wilson – it was charming when they were younger, but now I find it too simplistic

If you can find it:

I’m pretty excited about the books I discovered for the kids at a second-hand ship this year.  Among them is A Newberry Christmas.   I’m so excited to put together a reading treasure hunt for them to follow, with this and some hot chocolate mix and cookies at its end.

What stories are part of your family’s season? Christmas, soltice, wintertime… I’m always looking for wonderful stories, especially since part of our early December traditions include a new book for each child.

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8 thoughts on “Christmas stories

  1. Barb says:

    I know what you mean about crying while reading some of these holiday books! Two that we discovered at the library last week had me in tears–Silver Packages by Cynthia Rylant and Apple Tree Christmas by Trinka Hakes Noble, and there a couple more we brought home which I suspect will have the same result. My kids seemed perplexed at why I was crying, and I was struggling trying to explain the “happy-sad” kind of crying…

  2. Kim says:

    We have a great Tomie dePaola illustrated edition of Twas The Night Before Christmas that we all love. My daughter is a fan of Crispin, the Pig Who Had it All, though it’s likely a bit below your kids’ level. The Olden Days Coat is a gorgeous story by Margaret Lawrence; it’s a lengthy picture book.

    I just love Christmas reading!

  3. tbird says:

    The Christmas Kitten makes me cry, it’s just way toooo sad!

    We have required Christmas reading here too – The Family Under the Bridge and Light at Tern Rock, both out of one of the Sonlight packages, and also some awful tat of “fairy magic” books that my very girlie girl insists I read to her too!

  4. Mariah says:

    We have favorites too.

    The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree by Gloria Houston

    Santa Calls by William Joyce

    Christmas in Noisy Village by Astrid Lindgren

    All picture books.

  5. tracey says:

    I have also created a tradition of books in my family for Christmas. My daughter is 14 now and we have given her a Christmas book or two every year. We write the year somewhere inside the book and it’s amazing to look back at them all…we’ve outgrown our basket. I usually give it to her wrapped as an advent gift. We now have a 19 month old so the tradition will live on through him. There are some on your list that I need to get, so thank you. One of our faves is The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey.

    Thank you too for posting so faithfully during what must be a very busy time in your household. Checking in on your blog and seeing something new is a little gift to me!

  6. Alex says:

    We love Christmas picture books too! The Nutcracker and The Night Before Christmas are 2 books that we own and like, but still take out of the local library to see other illustrators, or other versions.
    In our new favourites this year, the kids enjoyed two fun ones : The Legend of Papa Noel (A Cajun Christmas Story) by Terri Hoover Dunham and Auntie Claus by Elise Primavera.
    We are also reading aloud and enjoying (so far!) Kringle by Tony Abbott.
    Thanks for the great post, we always like having new suggestions for reading!

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