There are a lot of things I love about the Christmas season. We have so many fun traditions and great memories from family Christmases. One of my favorite traditions is that we read a Christmas story together every night of December. Every year as we get out our Christmas decorations we also get out our classic Christmas stories. All year they lie in storage waiting for us to re-discover them. Of all the things we do at this season I think the stories are what excites the kids the most (barring Christmas morning gifts, of course).
Some of them are classic tales and others are short picture books. Some are about Santa and some are about the Savior. Often the stories we read inspire us to find ways to serve our neighbors. They all bring us closer together as a family as we spend hours reading Christmas stories together and thinking about the joys of Christmastime.
Here’s a list of some Christmas stories to check out. Many of them you’ve heard before, but a few may be new. Read some together as a family.
The Night Before Christmas by Clement Moore
The Story Behind the Hymn Silent Night
Goody Santa Clause by Katherine Lee Bates
The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry
How the Grinch Stole Christmas! by Dr. Seuss
The Littlest Angel by Charles Tazewell
The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
Why Christmas Trees Aren’t Perfectby Richard H. Schneider
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Anderson
Christmas From Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
The Christmas Stocking
The Bird’s Christmas Carol
Olive, the Orphan Reindeer
Old Christmas by Washington Irving
Little Girl’s Christmas
How Christmas Came to the Santa Maria Flats
O Little Town of Bethlehem
The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Anderson
The Christmas Sweater by Glenn Beck
And of course . . .
The Christmas Story: Luke Chapter 2