Need a new Christmas story?

Christmas Stories for Kids For many years when we had a whole slew of little ones, each November I would secretly gather together all our Christmas story books, wrap them up individually in gift wrap, and then let our kiddos open one story book each night during the weeks before Christmas.  Always I would sneak in at least a new book or two, so that along with rediscovering the old favorites, the kids were also surprised by a new book.  In case any of you are interested in such a tradition, I thought I’d share some of the stories we’ve enjoyed most over the years.  (Don’t tell the other books on the list but these top two are our very favorite!)        

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  1. “The Christmas Tree that Grew” was always one of my favorites. 🙂

  2. i have long loved this tradition of yours, and plan to do it this year!

  3. Mine also like “God Gave Us Christmas” and others in her “series.” Especially fun because we have twins!
    We read the chapter books “The Christmas Bus” by Melody Carlson and “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.” The later I did do some editing in due to a few things I didn’t want to read to my kids esp. year after year. Very funny short book! Lastly, we also read (or we TRY to read these three) “One Wintry Night” by Ruth Bell Graham.

  4. What a great idea! I think I’d like to do that this year. 🙂

    We also love Jan Brett, the “Snowmen” series and the Eloise Wilkin “Christmas Story”.

    I’ve got our Christmas books packed up with the decorations, so I can’t remember the titles at the moment, but one of my personal favorites is “The Gift of the Magi” by O. Henry.

  5. Thank you! We do the Christmas books a little differently in that we have them all out during Advent and a new one is waiting to be opened on Christmas Eve when we get home from church. We have so many and my cursory searches had not turned up anything we didn’t already have or that I wanted to purchase. You have a couple on your list that we do not own and now I can check one more thing off my to do list.

    I’ll add that a couple of our very favorites are Wombat Divine by Mem Fox and A Small Miracle by Peter Collington.

  6. the Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey

  7. The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree by Gloria Houston and illustrated by Barbara Cooney.

  8. jennifer bubolz-miller says:

    who is coming to our house