It’s almost Christmas! There are two things that get me into the best Christmas mood: movies and books. I made reservations at the library for some Christmas books to read and wanted to share what I want to get to in the next couple of days. I’m planning to spend the weekend and Christmas with a lot of books and watching a lot of movies. Well, let’s get started.
I haven’t read a lot of Christmas books yet, so I really wanted to get to the most classic Christmas books this year. I looked around on Goodreads and the rest of the world wide webs and tried to figure out what are the books that people read with Christmas and like a lot. I compiled a list of books and made reservations for them at my library. Some of them didn’t make it, because I couldn’t get them before Christmas. I’m already putting those on my list for Christmas next year.
- How the Grinch stole Christmas! by Dr. Seuss
Synopsis: Dr. Seuss’s small-hearted Grinch ranks right up there with Scrooge when it comes to the crankiest, scowling holiday grumps of all time. For 53 years, the Grinch has lived in a cave on the side of a mountain, looming above the Whos in Whoville. The noisy holiday preparations and infernal singing of the happy little citizens below annoy him to no end. The Grinch decides this frivolous merriment must stop. His “wonderful, awful” idea is to don a Santa outfit, strap heavy antlers on his poor, quivering dog Max, construct a makeshift sleigh, head down to Whoville, and strip the chafingly cheerful Whos of their Yuletide glee once and for all.
Looking quite out of place and very disturbing in his makeshift Santa get-up, the Grinch slithers down chimneys with empty bags and stealing the Whos’ presents, their food, even the logs from their humble Who-fires. He takes the ramshackle sleigh to Mt. Crumpit to dump it and waits to hear the sobs of the Whos when they wake up and discover the trappings of Christmas have disappeared. Imagine the Whos’ dismay when they discover the evil-doings of Grinch in his anti-Santa guise. But what is that sound? It’s not sobbing, but singing! Children simultaneously adore and fear this triumphant, twisted Seussian testimonial to the undaunted cheerfulness of the Whos, the transcendent nature of joy, and of course, the growth potential of a heart that’s two sizes too small.
2. Letters from Father Christmas by J.R.R. Tolkien
Synopsis: Every December an envelope bearing a stamp from the North Pole would arrive for J.R.R. Tolkien’s children. Inside would be a letter in a strange, spidery handwriting and a beautiful colored drawing or some sketches.
The letters were from Father Christmas.
They told wonderful tales of life at the North Pole: how the reindeer got loose and scattered presents everywhere; how the accident-prone North Polar Bear climbed the North Pole and fell through the roof of Father Christmas’s house; how he broke the Moon into four pieces and made the Man in it fall into the back garden; how there were wars with the troublesome horde of goblins who lived in the caves beneath the house.
Sometimes the Polar Bear would scrawl a note, and sometimes Ilbereth the Elf would write in his elegant flowing script, adding yet more life and humor to the stories.
3. A boy called Christmas by Matt Haig
Synopsis: You are about to read the true story of Father Christmas.
It is a story that proves that nothing is impossible.
If you are one of those people who believe that some things are impossible, you should put this book down right away. It is most certainly not for you.
Because this book is FULL of impossible things.
Are you still reading?
Then let us begin . . .
A Boy Called Christmas is a tale of adventure, snow, kidnapping, elves, more snow, and an eleven-year-old boy called Nikolas, who isn’t afraid to believe in magic.
4. The Snowman by Raymond Briggs
Synopsis: Illustrated in full color, this is a wordless story. The pictures have “the hazy softness of air in snow.” A little boy rushes out into the wintry day to build a snowman, which comes alive in his dreams that night. The boy invites him home and in return is taken on a flight high above the countryside.
5. The Night before Christmas by Clement C. Moore
Synopsis: As St. Nick and eight tiny reindeer descend through a brilliant night sky onto the roof of a Victorian house in a snowy New England village, the famous Christmas poem begins. The father of the family narrates the words just as Clement Moore wrote them, and artist Jan Brett captures the spirit in brilliant illustrations that reflect this memorable night. Visually she extends this favorite Christmas story for children, who will delight in watching the two mischievous stowaways from the North Pole enthusiastically exploring the sacks of gifts on the roof while St. Nick, unaware, journeys down the chimney… until the toys spill down onto the lawn and he turns with a jerk!
Antique toys and exquisite ornaments frame the borders in which sometimes the father, St. Nick, or the family cat and dog look on, as the story unfolds.
A unique and beautiful edition to be cherished for years to come by all the family, especially the youngest, who find the night before Christmas perhaps the most exciting night of the year.
6. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Synopsis: Charles Dickens classic, “A Christmas Carol,” in a full cast dramatization, on CD for the first time
As much a part of Christmas as mistletoe, Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” warms the heart of listeners with its tale of the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge.
This enchanting, full-cast recording brings Dickens’ London to life on a Christmas Eve when Mr. Scrooge, who loves money more than people, is visited by his old, dead business partner Marley and three Ghosts who show him Christmas Past, Christmas Present, and Christmas Yet to Come.
Through the fine characterizations of acclaimed actors led by Sir Ralph Richardson and Paul Scofield, Scrooge’s journey through his life and the lives of those around him charms and delights the listener as he, and they, learn the true meaning of Christmas
So these are the books I’m trying to get around to this Christmas or the week around Christmas. I have some non-Christmas books as well that I hope to get to. Do you have any recommendations of Christmas books I should read next year? Please tell me, and I will add them to my list for next year. Also so I can get them on time for december. 🙂
Have a merry reading and a merry Christmas!