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December 11, 2013

Holiday Reading: Top Ten Christmas-Themed Tales

christmas (1)The holiday season is one of the best times for reading. There are few things in life more lovely than curling up under our favorite blanket with some good holiday books. If you’re like me, you probably enjoy re-visiting some good Christmas favorites every time the holidays roll around, and I have my own list of Top Ten Christmas-Themed Tales to share with you: 1.How the Grinch Stole Christmas! is easily one of Dr. Seuss’ most popular works and a must-read during the holidays. With its quirky rhymes and its heart-warming tale about forgiveness and the spirit of giving,  this is a story which will give you a warm fuzzy feeling – no matter what age you are. 2. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens is one of the most well-known and beloved Christmas tales out there. And there are plenty of ways to enjoy this story, whether it be book, play, or movie (or all three)! 3. The Night Before Christmas by Clement Clarke Moore may be a short and quick read, but it’s a definite holiday must! And look at the bright side: you can easily learn it by heart and awe those little ones in your life by an impromptu recitation. 4. The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry is another short one but a good one. This story is all about the true spirit of giving and may, just may, melt even the coldest of hearts. 5. The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg has gained a lot of popularity over the past few years due to the animated film by the same name which was released in 2011. I’d recommend giving both the book and the movie a try; after all, who can resist a magical Christmas adventure? 6. The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Andersen is another one of those poignant Christmas stories which is bound to make you sniffle. But for me it’s a Christmas must and a great reminder of how important it is to sympathize with and help those who are less fortunate. 7. Christmas in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder will probably bring back a lot of nostalgic childhood memories, and is perfect for when you want to spend a snowy afternoon curled up in front of the fireplace reading. 8. The Charlie Brown comics by Charles M. Schulz are enjoyable reads regardless the time of year. But I particularly love the Christmas season when we start to see reruns of some of the most beloved Charlie Brown Christmas-themed comics. 9. The Father Christmas Letters by J.R.R. Tolkien doesn’t fall too far from the typical, well-known Tolkien love for fantasy. These are a series of letters Tolkien wrote as Father Christmas for his children. An added bonus to Tolkien writing these letters is that he illustrated them as well! 10. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott may not directly seem like a Christmas story, but there are sections of this famous book which definitely are! The Christmas scenes in Little Women are an important part of holiday reading because they remind us of how wonderful family is during this special time of year. What are some of your favorite Christmas reads? Share away and I’ll add them to my list! Happy reading! :D