And I don't have to look far to find where that love came from - my mom loved Christmas stories. I can remember at least one year when she wrote the titles of all our Christmas stories on slips of paper and each evening we drew out a slip. In the midst of the busyness of the holiday season, it was a cozy kind of tradition.
We didn't have enough books for every day in December. But some days were too busy to read anyway. And besides picture books, she also included the Christmas chapters in some of our favorite books. The Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder has many great Christmas stories. The contrast between the Christmas in The Long Winter and By the Shores of Silver Lake is worth reading. Or compare Almanzo's Christmas in The Farmer Boy with Laura's Christmas in The Little House in the Prairie. Other books with good Christmas chapters are Little Women and The Wind in the Willows.
If you are looking for some good Christmas books, I'll share our favorites. Some of these I have read since a child, some are new discoveries, but all have been read over and over again.
Just a note...if you borrow these books from your library (like I do) be considerate of others and only keep them for a short time. Others may be waiting to reread their favorite Christmas books this season too.
May you enjoy lots of good cuddle-on-the-couch time with your little ones.
Nativity Picture Books
Books for children that share the Christmas story
A mother shares the the true story of Christmas, with her son. Includes the text from Luke 2. Excellent illustrations with attention given to accuracy. One of the best.
A crippled lamb becomes one of the first to witness the first Christmas. Sweet illustrations.
Room for a Little One - Martin Waddel
The Legend of the Candy Cane - Lori Walburg
Christmas Picture Books
Well-loved stories from the Christmas season
Every year the family decorates a tree in the woods with food for the animals. A fun idea your children may want to adopt.
Christmas isn't about the presents and food. A favorite children's book that is a good reminder for parents too!
If You are Missing Baby Jesus - Jean Gietzen
A family finds blessing in giving to others at Christmas. A true story.
Tomorrow I'll share some more favorite Christmas tales.
I'd love to hear the books in your Christmas basket.
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