We all have our favorite Christmas stories that we share with our children or remember from our childhood. These stories are often great jumping stones for talking about the meaning of Christmas, the importance of giving, and about cultural and family traditions. As parents, we can use stories to teach greater themes and give meaning to a holiday that is often over run by commercialism and entitlement.
We compiled a list of our favorites, using some old and traditional books and a few newer stories as well. Like many people, we love reading Christmas stories by the tree while listening to Christmas music, drinking hot chocolate, and watching the snow fall. There are so many wonderful books out there, what are your favorites?
- The Night Before Christmas, Jan Brett
- The Gift of the Magi, O. Henry
- The Christmas Magic, Lauren Thompson
- The Little Match Girl, Hans Christian Anderson
- A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens
- The Elves and the Shoemaker, Brothers Grimm
- Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, Robert L. May
- The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, E.T.A. Hoffman
- Drummer Boy, Lauren Long
- How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Dr. Seuss