Christmas decorations, baking, and music have filled my mind a little sooner than usual this year. We’re doing a pick-your-own Christmas tree event for our real estate clients on Thanksgiving weekend so we’re planning on having our Christmas decorating done by Thanksgiving Day (Don’t hate me, no-Christmas-before-Thanksgiving people! ?).
One of the kids’ favorite memories was from a couple of years ago when I got a bunch of Christmas books from the library, wrapped them up, and they got to open one each day and we’d read it together, so we’re doing it again this year and I thought I’d share some of our favorite books – in time for you to put them on hold at the library, too!
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The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree – The Armistice has been declared, but still there is no sign of Ruthie’s father in their little Appalachian town. So, in accordance with the traditions of Pine Grove, it falls to Ruthie and her mother to bring home the perfect Christmas tree to donate to the town.
Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree – The tree was so tall, it couldn’t stand up straight in his parlor. Mr. Willowby asked his butler to chop off the top of the tree. What happens to the treetop? Where will it be for Christmas?
The Christmas Tree Ship: For more than twenty years, Captain Herman Schuenemann had brought Christmas trees to the citizens of Chicago aboard his schooner, but when a blizzard fells his ship, it is up to the captain’s family to carry on the tradition in their own way.
Christmas Farm – When Wilma decides her garden needs a new beginning, she gathers string, scissors, shovels, sixty-two dozen balsam seedlings, and Parker, her five-year-old neighbor. Year after year, Wilma and Parker nurture their trees, keeping careful count of how many they plant, how many perish, and how many grow to become fine, full Christmas trees.
Christmas in the Big Woods or The Little House Christmas Treasury – we have the Little House books but I like being able to just read the parts about Christmas without having to search through the book.
And a few more we love:
- The Gift of the Magi
- Katy and the Big Snow (not Christmas but winter-themed)
- Christmas with Anne (short stories of Christmas from characters in L.M. Montgomery’s Avonlea)
- The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
- Merry Christmas, Amelia Bedelia
And for some books that are new to us this year but I’m really looking forward to reading:
- The Story of Holly and Ivy
- One Wintry Night
- The Twenty-Four Days before Christmas
- Bear Stays Up for Christmas
- Christmas from Heaven
I’m trying to build our own library of Christmas books that I will keep put away with Christmas decorations, but until then, we check most of them out from the library. (I promise we’ll be returning most of these books once we are finished with them – I know other people are in line!)
Here’s a few more books that we’ve added to the list of Christmas picture books we love:
- The Steadfast Tin Soldier
- The Little Match Girl (it’s super sad, though!)
- Silver Packages: An Appalachian Christmas Story
- Christmas from Heaven: The True Story of the Berlin Candy Bomber
- The Snow Globe Family
I’d love to hear what your favorite Christmas books are and if you have any traditions surrounding reading them!