Wednesday, December 4, 2013

5 Favorite Christmas Books For Kids

I have fond memories of Christmas books and movies from childhood. The classics that held on year after year, never diminishing in their charm and wonder - the welcoming presence that celebrated Christmas alongside of me. I wanted to share 5 of my favorite holiday children's books. Some are new, some old friends but I believe each has a personality and unique story that can bring delight to any child (or adult!). I have a longer list of family movies - coming soon - so I wanted to make the book list a bit shorter. Each of these give me a wave of happiness every time I read them and really help in making that Christmas spirit sparkle and shine.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
Dr Seuss

“Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before! 
What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store. 
What if Christmas...perhaps...means a little bit more!” 

The Night Before Christmas
Clement C Moore

"Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St Nicholas soon would be there."

A Wish to Be A Christmas Tree
Colleen Monroe 

"Every year as traditions go,
they get in their cars at the first sign of snow,
and head to the farm at the edge of town,
to cut the family Christmas tree down."

The Polar Express
Chris Van Allsburg

"ON Christmas Eve, many years ago, I lay quietly in my bed. 
I did not rustle the sheets. I breathed slowly and silently. 
I was listening for a sound - a sound a friend had told me I'd never hear-
the ringing bells of Santa's sleigh."

Snowmen at Christmas
 Caralyn Buehner

"One Christmas Eve I made a snowman,
Very fat and jolly.
I dressed him up in red and green.
And trimmed his har with holly."

What are some of your favorite books to read at Christmas-time? Are there any that bring up nostalgia from childhood? Please share them with me! 

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