It really is the most wonderful time of the year and one of my favorite traditions is bringing out our basket of Christmas Books! Over the past few years, we have amassed quite the collection of Christmas themed books. To keep them special, they are all in a basket that only comes out this time of year. Normally, I pull the basket out after the kids go to bed one night after Thanksgiving so they are surprised by it in the morning. Without fail, they are always so excited by the “new” collection of books to read.
Most days, our playroom floor looks something like this and I wouldn’t trade it for the world.
My main priority as we prepare for Christmas is to both remember why we celebrate and make sure my kids have a strong understand as well. Books are such an easy and meaningful way to do this. I think it’s important that they get to have fun with the holiday season as well, which is why you’ll find lots of “fluff” books in our Christmas book basket too! Fancy Nancy, Little Blue Truck and Splatt the Cat all have Christmas books that made the basket. But sprinkled in are rich stories that remind us of the true meaning of Christmas.
If you’re looking to start or expand your Christmas book collection, here are my 12 favorite Christmas books for kids (although let’s be honest, adults love them just as much!).
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The Christmas Story by Jane Werner Watson
The Animals Christmas Eve by Gail Wiersum
God Gave Us Christmas by Lisa Tawn Bergren
The Spirit of Christmas by Nancy Tillman
A Special Place for Santa by Jeanne Pieper
The Little Drummer Boy by Irene Trimble
Christmas in the Manger by Nola Buck *This is a great board book for little ones!
The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
A Charlie Brown Christmas by Charles M. Schulz
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer by Rick Bunsen
The Elf on the Shelf by Carol V. Aebersold and Chanda A. Bell *Truth be told, I have a love/hate relationship with “the elf”. Personally, I don’t like him, but the pure delight he brings for my husband and kids make it a harmless tradition worth keeping around.
White Snow Bright Snow by Alvin Tresselt
I recently added a new book to our collection – A World of Cookies for Santa by M.E. Furman – and I’m so excited to use it to learn about different cultures and how they celebrate. It is also filled with recipes to make the various cookies from around the world, which will serve as our inspiration for Christmas cookies this year!
For another wonderful family tradition, don’t miss my Advent Calendar that focuses on Acts of Kindness to do as a family!
I am ALWAYS looking for new books to add to our collection and would love to hear if you have any recommendations that you enjoy with your family!