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Preparing for Christmas: Reading List

Preparing for Christmas: Reading List

Over the years we have discovered many charming Christmas stories, and we try to add to our collection each year. Part of my preparations for Advent is compiling a list of books to share together over the coming nights. Here is a selection that we have come to love, and a couple we are to discover this year together. I have a range that is suitable for children of various ages.

We have used this Advent devotional for a couple of years now. Ann’s writing sparkles, and her style invokes a strong sense of Christmas. This devotional leads us through the Old Testament, and points the way to Bethlehem. I also use her adult devotional as well for my own quiet time.

I love this retelling of the Christmas story. The illustrations are beautiful, and complement the text.

We have had this story since Rebekah was a toddler. It tells the Christmas story through the eyes of a little eskimo boy journeying to see the new born baby Jesus. It follows in the tradition of Christmas stories like Babushka. Truly a delightful tale.

My boys love the Alfie books. And this tale of a traditional family Christmas is pure heart-warming joy.

    The Wee Christmas Cabin of Carn-na-ween by Ruth Sawyer

This sad Christmas fairy tale set at the time of the Irish potato famine is unlike the other books listed. It follows the life of a poor abandoned orphan and how the little “gentle people” reward her, as her life of kindness and hardship, comes to an end.

This is a story we have yet to read, so I cannot make any comment on it so far 🙂

I loved this story last year. It is a sheer joy. The text is wonderful. The story is one of hope and healing.

I have not read this but Rebekah enjoyed it. It is the tale of an orphan girl, and old woman, and a doll. I have been told that the boys will really enjoy it.

This is another story we have been reading for a few Christmases now. It is a story of St Nicholas set in a Dutch colonial town in America. The illustrations in this story are also beautiful.

    The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry

This is another one I have not yet read but Rebekah has recommended it to me. I have also seen it appear on a few other Christmas reading lists with high praises said of it.

    Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Match Girl and The Snow Queen

The Little Match Girl is a beautiful but heartbreaking story. And the Snow Queen is a magical story of the power of love to overcome evil.

    The Christmas Angel by Abbie Farwell Brown

This is another Christmas story included at Rebekah’s recommendation. She says it is a very beautiful story.

The last three recommendations we have as part of a Kindle bumper book called The Greatest Christmas Stories of all Time (although some are not exactly Christmas stories- The Tale of Peter Rabbit for one!). And for only 99p it’s worth having it.

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