Ten Favorite Christmas Books

Christmas Books

For 48 weeks of the year, my Christmas books nest in a box under our front stairs where they get tucked away every January. I sent my husband on a mission to dig them out last weekend and now the collection teases me every time I walk into the living room, begging me to stop and browse.

Believe me, I have culled and donated over the years but these titles have lasted over many Christmas seasons and provide my bedtime reading for the rest of the month. Some of them are older (just like me!) but are timeless in their true stories of wonder and hope. Others are fictional enchantments but still inspire and entertain me each time I re-read them.

Here are the ten I love the most, at least this year!

  1. The Twenty-Four Days Before Christmas: Madeleine L’Engle http://amzn.to/1G7JzWr Need I say more? Easily read in one sitting, I am always inspired to do one thing each day for Christmas just like the Austin family.
  2. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: Barbara Robinson. http://amzn.to/1Bu0hPT No doubt you have read this along the way but it might have been awhile. We’re looking forward to reading it to the grandchildren.
  3. Christmas Miracles: Cecil Murphy and Marley Gibson. http://amzn.to/1wTVjdH One of several books by the same title because there are a lot of Christmas miracles to talk about!
  4. A Treasury of Christmas Miracles: Karen Kingsbury http://amzn.to/1z0j95R I give this away and re-buy it for myself and give it away again. The last story is the best.
  5. Norman Rockwell’s Christmas Book: Revised and Updated http://amzn.to/1Irhj35 Chock full of stories, carols, recipes and poems, this book never gets tiring. I have the original edition and reach for it every year.
  6. Christmas Miracles (Magical True Stories of Modern Day Miracles: Miller, Lewis Sander. http://amzn.to/1sdvCOE This link is for the Kindle version but the hardback is still available used too. My all-time favorite story is the first one on the book.
  7. Miracle on 10th Street and Other Christmas Writings: Madeleine L’Engle . http://amzn.to/1wTXHRH An anthology of Christmas essays and poems written by Madeleine L’Engle/ Yup, I really like her!
  8. The Christmas Conversation Piece: Nicholaus and Lowrie http://amzn.to/1sdCX0w Creative Questions to Illuminate the Holidays. Yes, some are cheesey but most are fun especially for holiday gatherings.

Two for Kids:

  1. Peter Spier’s Christmas http://amzn.to/1zkiaOM A no-words picture book Tom and I loved so much we never stopped bringing it out long after our children moved on.
  2. Jesus is Born http://amzn.to/1Bu998l Yeah, I know this is the title for a LOT of books but this edition was our kid’s favorite. Only available used but not pricey.

What’s in your stack?

Hope for the Best,



3 Responses to “Ten Favorite Christmas Books”

  1. 1 Mary Nelson December 8, 2014 at 4:40 PM

    The Red Gloves Collection by Karen Kingsbury, A cup of Comfort for Christmas, Louisa May Alcott’s –Christmas Treasury, Children’s Favorites: (so excited, just organized them today!) The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey, Max Lucado’s Angel Story, Christmas Child, One Special Moment and the Heart of Christmas. the Christmas Lamb, Papa Panov’s Special Day, Will Moses’ Special Night. —Just for Fun, I Spy Christmas and Find the Gifts.
    Enjoy your time reading—-I will pray you don’t hurry through the Holy Days–pray for me when you think of me to do the same!!! Enjoy it all.

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