When it comes to Christmas books, I wanted to start with Children’s books. Mostly, because we all probably read or had someone read us books for Christmas. There are a few good books that I remember having someone read to me when I was younger. Not only do I still love the books that I grew up with but hopefully they never go away as this new generation comes up. With the books that I’ve listed, these books were published before I was even born but a few were done when I was growing up. There might be a lot of Dr. Seuss books because that was my main man growing up.
The Polar Express was published January 1, 1985. A young boy, lying awake one Christmas Eve, is welcomed aboard a magical trip to the North Pole. Through dark forests, over tall mountains, and across a desert of ice, the Polar Express makes its way to the city atop the world, where the boy will make his Christmas wish. For twenty years, The Polar Express has been a worldwide bestseller and Christmas classic. A perfect keepsake for any family, this beautiful edition can be handed down to each new generation of readers. In 1986 The Polar Express was awarded the prestigious Caldecott Medal and hit the New York Times bestseller list.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas was published October 12, 1957. Every Who down in Who-ville liked Christmas a lot but the Grinch, who lived just north of Who-ville, did NOT!” This heartwarming story about the effects of the Christmas spirit will grow even the coldest and smallest of hearts. Like mistletoe, candy canes, and caroling, the Grinch is a mainstay of the holidays, and his story is the perfect gift for young and old. Just like the old classic cartoon TV movie, to our loving Jim Carrey, we will love the Grinch until the end of time. Not only does it show that not everyone will be a Grinch for Christmas but the power of love can overcome everything.
Miracle on 34th Street was published in 1947. For a little girl named Susan, Christmas could be any other day. She doesn’t believe in Santa Claus or magic or miracles of any kind. Then one day she meets Kriss Kringle. As she doubtfully tells him the gifts she most wishes for, deep down Susan finds herself hoping that just maybe, he is the real thing. Based on the original holiday classic, Miracle on 34th Street is a heartwarming story about generosity, imagination, and the spirit of Christmas. I don’t remember much about this book but I remember having it read to me when I was little.
A Christmas Carol was published June 1, 1991. In 1843, on Christmas Eve, Ebenezer Scrooge, a miserly old moneylender at a London counting house, does not share the merriment of Christmas. He declines his cheerful nephew Fred Holywell’s invitation to a Christmas dinner party and rejects two gentlemen’s offer to collect money for charity. His loyal employee Bob Cratchit asks Scrooge to allow him to have a day off on Christmas to spend with his family, which Scrooge agrees before leaving. Scrooge is visited by the ghost of his deceased business partner Jacob Marley, who warns him to repent his wicked ways or he will be condemned in the afterlife. They visit Scrooge’s boarding school and Scrooge sees his sister Fanie, who died after giving birth to Fred. However, the Ghost shows Scrooge how Belle left him when he became obsessed with wealth.
What was your favorite Christmas book?