I have loved to read since I was a child; therefore, I have several favorite Christmas books. Since my nephew was born, then my daughter and now several godchildren, I have made it a Christmas tradition to give my favorite Christmas books as gifts to the children in my life. I want to pass along to them these beautiful Christmas stories as well as helping them to learn the joy of reading. Below are my top five favorite Christmas book gifts that I give to a child each year.
1. One of my all-time favorite Christmas books is by Barbara Robinson entitled The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. This I the story of the Herdmans, a family of poor children who live alone and take care of themselves. According to the book, “The Herdmans were absolutely the worst kids in the history of the world….” Nevertheless, someone invites them to church and they stay because of the free drinks and cookies and end up taking the staring rolls in the Christmas pageant. Through their rough and rowdy ways, the Herdmans remind us all of the true meaning of Christmas. This book is filled with laughter as well as a touching message of hope, love and kindness.
2. Of course it is not Christmas for our family if we do not read How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss. The cartoon version is wonderful and we never miss it each year; however, there is something to be said for reading the original book. My daughter read this book until she could quote it each year.
3. Gifting favorite Christmas books is a way my family shares the joy of Christmas with others. My daughter always loved the message in the Gift of the Magi by O. Henry. The story is simple but touching and charming as you see the sacrifices that this young couple each make in order to buy the perfect Christmas gift for the other.
4. It was a hit movie starring Tom Hanks but the books is even better. The 1986 Caldecott Medal winning book by Chris Van Allsburg, The Polar Express tells about a magical train ride to the North Pole to meet Santa Claus. This touching story is filled with wonderful descriptions and touching moments. The illustrations in this book are phenomenal and bring the story alive.
5. Why Christmas Trees Aren’t Perfect by Richard H. Schneider is another on of my favorite Christmas books for children. I love the message in this book – – that living for others and giving of yourself shapes you into the “perfect” Christmas tree. This little Christmas tree, Small Pine, dreams of being in the Queen’s castle; however, by sheltering its friends in the forest it looses its beauty but the Queen sees its inner beauty and bestows a great honor upon Small Pine. A heart-warming and touching story of Christmas spirit and the beauty of character.