Season’s greetings everyone! Inspired by the new fallen snow in my hometown, I decided to share with you my top 5 Christmas books for the young and old this holiday season.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss
How could anyone not love Dr. Seuss? More importantly, how could this children’s book not be included in everyone’s top 5 Christmas list? The story of this grumpy green creature is a classic in North American homes and let’s just lay it all out there; Dr. Seuss was one badass philosophical dude. If your knowledge of this tale is through film, do yourself a favor and go pick up the print version.
The Christmas Box by Richard Paul Evans
Yes, it’s more than a little sappy but what would the holidays be without some warm fuzzy feelings around a yule log fire? The message of this book is simple; love and cherish your family while they are still here. It reminds us of the true meaning of Christmas. Fair warning – keep of box of tissue handy. You’ll be needing it!
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
This has to be one of the best known Christmas tales there is. Everyone knows (or is at least familiar with) the story of the cheap, cold-hearted Scrooge who, when confronted with his memories and the future that awaits him, changes for the better. Albeit the style of writing may be a tad confusing (why so many semicolons, Dickens?) however it remains one of my most beloved classics of the season.
The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
This is one of those children’s books that has the ability to bring up a large element of nostalgia in its adult readers. And although some critics have said they feel the story appeals more to adults than children, my kids love the book and we read it every holiday season. Additionally, the gorgeous illustrations found in the book were created by the author himself and it’s great to see such multifaceted talent.
The Little Match Girl – Hans Christian Anderson
Ok, if this book doesn’t bring tears to your eyes, you’re a freakin’ robot. Obviously, I’ve only read the English version and not the original Dutch; however I’m convinced the essence of the story has remained intact. Without spoiling the ending, I feel that it’s important to give potential readers a heads up that this tale doesn’t exactly end the way most kids are used to. That being said, it’s a beautiful story which is why I still chose to include it in this list.
There you have it, folks! I hope you pick up some of these books and cozy up with them and a cup of hot Irish coffee this holiday season. And please, comment below and share you favorite Christmas/holiday books with me as well!