Christmas is one of the most enjoyable time of year for friends, family and most importantly your kids. It is a time for everyone in your family to come together and celebrate, sharing old traditions and starting new ones.
One of the most popular Christmas traditions is storytelling. There is nothing more magical than sitting around the fire, sipping hot chocolate, snuggling with the children under a warm blanket, and listening to a heart-warming Christmas tale. Whether the books are classics or new, there are many popular Christmas stories out there that will not only be a special to you but your children as well.
Dicken’s A Christmas Carol
One of the timeless Christmas stories that can help get everyone in the spirit of giving and love, is Charles Dicken’s, “A Christmas Carol.” The heartwarming classic shows the series of events that turns Ebenezer Scrooge’s stone heart to a warm loving one through the joy of Christmas. This is a great book to share with children to help teach them that Christmas is not just about getting present but spreading joy and kindness to those who are less fortunate or may need our help.
The Gift of the Magi
Another popular book that shows the spirit of giving is “The Gift of the Magi,” by O’Henry. It is an inspirational book about sacrificing something important to you to provide happiness to others. This is a great learning lesson for children especially to see that Christmas isn’t just about getting gifts but about love and giving.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Another whimsical tale your children might enjoy is “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” by Dr. Suess. The story of an angry town resident who does his best to ruin Christmas for the town is foiled when he realizes that Christmas is not about the material things that come with it but about celebration and joy. Again this is a great story about love conquering the most hardened hearts.
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Another popular Christmas book your children may enjoy is “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” by Robert May. The plot is about a reindeer in Santa’s stable who is different from the others and often picked on. In the end he realizes that his difference is also a benefit and helps Santa save the day. The story of Rudolph, shows children that being different is a good thing and that everyone, no matter their differences, has an important place in this world. Some children may be able to relate to this story directly and it can give them comfort to know that in the end Rudolph was not only accepted but loved.
The Very First Christmas
A great book to share the story of the first Christmas with your children is, “The Very First Christmas,” by Paul Maier. The book follows the story of Mary and Joseph, from their travel to Nazareth, through the birth of baby Jesus. It is a well written, easy to read story, that teaches children about the first Christmas and how this wonderful holiday came to be.
Twas the Night Before Christmas
The perfect read to wrap up your Christmas Eve is “Twas the Night Before Christmas,” by Clement Moore. Put the kids to sleep on the Eve of Christmas with dreams of Santa’s visit in their heads. It will get the kids excited for Christmas morning and is a great way to end a magical evening.
Whether you enjoy the classic tales of Christmas or the new books out, story-telling is a great Christmas tradition that is everyone will enjoy and will look forward to each and every Christmas. Make some hot chocolate and snuggle up to read some of these books as a family every year.