Favorite Christmas Stories

Christmas stories are inspirational and uplifting. Our family loves to read them. Our favorite is the story of the very first Christmas. You can find the actual account of Jesus' birth in the Bible - See Luke Chapter 1 and Matthew Chapter 2. We read about the coming of baby Jesus each Christmas morning - before opening gifts (we read quickly).

For a quick summary of the Christmas Story, check out these links:

Origin of Christmas and Christmas with Jesus.

One of my family's favorite things to do at this time of year, is to read Christmas stories under the Christmas tree (I know- it sounds strange, but click on Christmas Activities to get the full picture.)

My kids and I have bonded by reading books and stories about Christmas together each year. It became a tradition we looked forward to. Your family will enjoy this closeness too when you read together.

We kept it fun and exciting by making it interactive. Get them involved by having them picture themselves in the story, ask them leading questions, startle them at times (that gets their attention), use lots of inflections in your voice to keep it interesting to them. Younger kids love "lift the flap" or "pop-up" books.

Christmas Stories for Kids:

One of my all time favorite Christmas stories for younger kids is Follow the Star by Alan Parry.

I've had this book for about 10 years and read it each year (now only my 10 year old wants to). Actually, we do more than read it. It is full of activities, like jig-saw puzzels, lift the flaps, and follow the trail and a real star ornament you can hang on your tree. The story of the coming of baby Jesus is told in a fully interactive way. (After all my kids outgrow it - I will save it to read to my future grandchildren.)

I highly recommend getting and reading "Follow the Star" to your young kids!

Christmas Stories

When I asked my teens and my pre-teen what their favorite Christmas stories were they all answered: The Grinch Who Stole Christmas by Dr. Suess.

We were reading it even before it became a popular movie starring Jim Carrey as the Grinch. This story evoked such emotion from my kids - they would get upset with the Grinch's behavior, especially with how he treated his dog. But when the Grinch realized that all his actions couldn't stop Christmas from coming, he repented and his heart grew larger and love was overflowing! My kids would cheer and high five each other! And so will yours! Just lots of fun for all!

Let me share some more of our favorite Christmas stories:

The Mitten by Rita Walsh. An adorable story of a little girl who loses her mitten in the forest. The animals, from the tiniest bird to the largest bear, all climb in to get warm.

Why Christmas Trees Aren't Perfect by Richard Schneider The wonderful story of a warm hearted and giving pine tree that wants to grow up to be the perfect Christmas tree. A great lesson to be learned in this story. Read it to your kids.

The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg - a magical story of a young boy being picked up on Christmas Eve by Santa and taken on a journey with other children aboard an Express train to the North Pole. My kids loved it so much they wanted to be that boy on that train. Your kids will too!

Where's the Baby King? by Karen King - a fun lift-the flap book for younger kids. They will learn about how a little shepherd boy searches everywhere in Bethlehem looking for the newborn baby King that was sent by God to save all people.

The Beginner's Bible - Timeless Children's Stories - A great bible for the little ones. Short stories and terrific illustrations to captivate their attention. They will love to read a bit each night about the events leading up to the glorious birth of baby Jesus.

The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree: An Appalachian Story by Gloria Houston - it's one of those Christmas stories that teach valuable lessons from generation to generation - the value of family traditions and perserving in difficult times. It a perfect story to read each year to your kids.

Christmas Day in the Morning by Pearl S. Buck - she wrote my favorite book of all time, The Good Earth. This Christmas story shows how the best Christmas gifts don't come from stores. They are gifts of love and of service to others. A very touching and inspiring tale.

The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey by Susan Wojciechowski - this one will have you and your kids sniffling. It's a story of a lonely wood carver who has experienced tremendous loss - until a young boy and his widow mother come into contact with him. It's about love and loss and finding love again - against all hope. The message of Christmas love rings true in this Christmas story. I recommend getting this beautiful story.

Reading Christmas stories encourages and inspires you. Read them year round.

Do you like poetry? See my list of short Christmas poems to put you in the Christmas spirit.

E-readers,like NOOK or Kindle have also made searching for and purchasing books so much easier - I find myself and my kids reading more than ever!

(E-readers also make great gifts! Click here for more info.)

Some wonderful Christmas stories for Adults that I recommend are:

Christmas in My Heart Series by Joe Wheeler - Each short tale takes you back to a time when life was simpler. They will flood your heart with emotions - love, joy, sorrow, hope, faith... They are delightful to read and you will thoroughly enjoy each one of them!

Louisa May Alcott Christmas Treasury - 15 enriching selections of Louisa May Alcott's stories each describing lessons on Christmas charity, goodness, redemption and love.

Chicken Soup for the Soul by Jack Canfield and Mark Hansen - Chicken Soup for the Soul; Christmas Treasury, Book of Christmas virtues, Inspirational Stories for Holidays, Christmas Cheer.

A Treasury of Christmas Miracles: True Stories of God's Presence by Karen Kingsbury - a popular author who normally writes fiction. However, this collection is of true Christmas stories and miracles. It tells of people who have experienced a miracle from God and who are forever changed by it. A faith-builder!

Stories Behind the Best Loved Songs of Christmas by Ace Collins - learn about the origin of some classic songs we hear and sing at Christmas. What was the meaning behind the song and how did it get popularized. Very interesting read!

Finding Noel by Richard Paul Evans - A heart warming tale of triumph of the human spirit. An emotional rollercoaster at times, but such a well written read. Read this one!

The Christmas Train by David Baldacci - A Christmas love story aboard a Transcontinental train ride, with humor, romance and mystery. Well written and surprise ending too!

A Redbird Christmas by Fannie Flagg - A man who is dying moves to a small country town in order to spend his last days in warmer more pleasant surrounds. He finds so much more than he imagined - friendship, love and human decency - not to mention a redbird.

Do you like to laugh? or chuckle? or grin? when reading a story? Then I have some funny Christmas stories I want to recommend.

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