Curl Up With A Good Book

23 12 2009

There’s nothing better on these long, winter days than snuggling up around the fire, snug in your pjs and blanket with a big cup of hot chocolate (with tiny marshmallows, of course), and reading a good book.

Unless that something better is getting to snuggle up with a little one in your life — your son, daughter, niece, nephew, or just a family friend. There’s something magical about children during these Christmas days. They have the light of belief and hope in their eyes.

So, if you’re lucky enough during the next few days to tuck in with one of those little ones, take advantage now and pull off the great Christmas stories from your shelves. You might just find you enjoy re-reading some of these childhood favorites.

The first, of course, is a must. ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas is loved year after year, from 1823, when it was first published, and is still a tradition today.

Another must read in our family is The Polar Express. This has quickly become a favorite, especially since the movie was released a few years ago. Perhaps you could read the book, then watch the movie and compare the two.

Who can forget the original How the Grinch Stole Christmas? Another story that has been turned into (two!) movies, the book is so fun, with all the rhyming language and funny imagery. Kids from 1 to 92 will love it.

For a holiday tale that actually takes place on New Year’s Eve, but is a classic fairy tale by Hans Christian Anderson is the Little Match Girl. This can be a little sad for the younger ones, but remind them about how important it is to be kind to others, especially this time of year.

For the older readers in the house, you could delve into the dark and spooky A Christmas Carol (the perfect introduction to Dickens), The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (who could forget the six Herdman children?), or The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe (though not technically a Christmas book, Christmas and Father Christmas feature heavily in this volume from the Chronicles of Narnia and if you and your family haven’t already read the full 7 books, well hop to it right this instant)!

[I have many more to share, but I get so excited long-winded about books, I had to break this up into two separate posts. More modern classics to come tomorrow!]




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