Every Christmas Eve my sisters and I would get to open one present from under the tree, just one. That gift was always a Christmas book that our parents had picked out specifically for each of us, and once my Dad got a fire going, we would spend the evening reading them together as a family. There is something truly magical about Christmas stories. So, this holiday season don't miss the chance to share a family moment with these ten wonderful books.


How The Grinch Stole Christmas - by Dr. Seuss

Arguably the grandfather of Christmas classics, Dr. Suess writes a tale of whimsical, winter, word-play that everyone will enjoy. The Grinch, who despises Who-ville's Christmas cheer, seeks to steal the treasured holiday from the unsuspecting Whos. To his amazement, Christmas arrives anyway, and the Grinch learns the true meaning of Christmas.

 

Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree - by Robert Barry

Another Christmas book that's great for children, when old Mr. Willowby discovers that his tree is a bit to big for his parlor, he chops off the top and gives it to the maid. The maid in turn finds the treetop is too big for her table, and clips off the top before passing it on. The treetop continues in this fashion until it finally comes to a family of mice, who decorate it with cheese and find it just right for their little hole.

 

The Polar Express - by Chris Van Allsburg            

Celebrating its 25th Anniversary this year, The Polar Express has never failed to capture readers with its wonderful story and beautiful illustrations. As a young boy lays awake on Christmas Eve, he hears a noise and looks out his window to discover an old-fashioned steam engine in the winter snow. It is a train that every year takes children to the North Pole to meet Santa before his annual sleigh ride. 

Letters From Father Christmas - by J.R.R Tolkien  

Every Christmas, a letter bearing the crest of the North Pole would arrive for J.R.R. Tolkien's children. Accompanied by colorful drawings or detailed sketches, Father Christmas would tell the children wonderful stories of how the clumsy North Polar Bear fell through the roof onto the kitchen table, or how the reindeer got loose and scattered presents everywhere. The brilliant mind behind The Lord of the Rings will certainly enchant readers with this Christmas gem.

 

The Gift of the Magi - by O. Henry

It's either a happy story or a sad story depending on how you look at it (and depending on which copy you buy). Still, this Christmas story is incredibly touching, and worth taking the time to read during a holiday that has become dominated by consumerism. Faced with the reality that there is no money to afford a present for her husband, Della, a young housewife, chooses to sell her greatest and only treasure. Her long, beautiful hair is cut and sold to buy a gift for the man she loves.