Talk Back: What is your favorite holiday book to read to your kids?

One of the highlights of unpacking my "Holidays Decorations Box", is getting to unpack a stack Christmas books that steadily grows every year.  My kids get so excited to see their books that have been tucked away safely, and we read them over and over throughout December.

Our current favorites are:

What are your favorite books to read during the holidays?  Do you have any Christmas traditions that involve books?


  1. Oh my I have so many!!! My girls love Max and Ruby Christmas right now...I have been up all night with a child and I can't think of one title right now..but I love Christmas books!
    -sandy toes

  2. A Tale of Three Trees, A Christian Folk Tale. I read it at Christmas and Easter. It is the story of three trees and what they become (the manger, a fishing boat, and the cross). It is a beautiful story. heck it out on Amazon and read teh reviews, they are much more eloquent than I am.

  3. I was so excited to find Christmas Cookies around Thanksgiving. What a great way to teach little life lessons, and so appropriate for our family, as we always give baked goodies as Christmas gifts.

    Growing up we loved reading The Polar Express, which we had in a set along with the narrative on cassette and a shiny silver bell to jingle during the story.

    But by far the most special book tradition to me was reading The Night Before Christmas to my three younger siblings each Christmas Eve, before setting out cookies for Santa and going to bed. I knew it by heart. My favorite-ever gift from my dad was to my oldest daughter on her first Christmas Eve. He gave her a copy of the book, inside writing how important the book was to our family, and if she would read it the night before every Christmas, she was sure to have a happy one forever. Of course, I have continued the tradition with all of our children, and they are just as excited to pull the books out of my Christmas boxes each year as I was with my family.

  4. When I was a kid, my dad used to read The Father Christmas Letters to us. I loved those when I was little.

    My family and I actually have a really great Christmas book tradition. We spend every other Christmas away from home with our extended family. We really wanted to create a tender tradition that we could do at our at-home celebrations as well as on our traveling Christmases. We also really wanted to focus our mornings on family, being together, and on Jesus' birth, rather than having our first focus being on presents. So each Christmas I buy a new Christmas book. This year's book is "The Christmas Tapestry." Past years have included "Dream Snow," "Miss Spider's Christmas," "The gift of the Magi," and several others. I make hot chocolate and wrap the book - it's their fist gift of the day. We all climb in mom and dad's bed together, sip our hot cocoa, snuggle and read our book before going downstairs to open gifts.

    I absolutely LOVE this tradition. My kids tell me that it is one of thier favorite traditions as well. They honestly look forward to it. I sincerely hope that we will still be doing this with them well into their teens when they are "too big" for a cup of hot chocolate and a Christmas morning story. :)

  5. We've really been enjoying Olivia Helps with Christmas this year - it's a fantastic book for reading out loud!

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