Book Reviews,  Holidays

christmas books

It’s no surprise that I have a list of must read Christmas books . . . no surprise at all. And for those who know me, it’s no surprise that some of these are children’s books. These are books that have stood the test of years and are books that I will read over and over again.
Some are even books that have made me cry :D

So, gather ’round the siblings, make some cocoa, and enjoy a new favourite together!

The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey

This book is a favourite of both old and young, even though it’s technically written for children =) This book always, without fail, makes me at least tear up if not just outright cry. But it also makes me laugh and smile at certain parts, as well. The story is so sweet and touching, and the ending . . . oh the ending!

I’m of the opinion that every bookcase needs a copy of this gem — even if you are in your mid-twenties. I’m sure you can find someone to read it to while enjoying it yourself.

A Christmas Carol

This book is a classic, ‘nough said :D Seriously, though, I don’t usually read ghost stories. I didn’t like this book the first time I read it — it creeped me out. Ghosts appearing in the night with rattling chains? That’s what nightmares are made out of!

And then I tried to read it again about 6 years ago . . . and I could see the redemption in the tale, and I fell in love with Tiny Tim, and even Mr. Scooge has a soft place in my heart.

There’s a definite reason that this book is considered a must-read by many. Even if you don’t enjoy Dickens’ writings, try this one — I find it to be a bit different from his other writings in a way, not quite so heavy and deep.

A Pony Express Christmas

This book . . . it perfectly shows what life in the west was like, and it shows what a bit of mercy and friendship and generosity can do.

My sister really, really enjoys Sigmund Brouwer’s works, and she’s the one who recommended my reading this one. And I absolutely fell in love with the story — it’s a great Christmas tale, but it’s also an accurate depiction of an historical time in our nations history.

I enjoyed seeing the struggles the characters faced, from the visionary father to the very practical-minded mother, to the willing child. If you enjoy Christmas stories with a warm, cozy feeling that still leave you wondering about what’s coming next, this one is for you! It’s a fairly short story that’s full of action and adventure, that you can curl up with and read in an afternoon.

The Candle in the Window

Another children’s book, coming at you :P This one is such a redemptive story, so full of hope and joy and all the Christmas-y feelings. Definitely one that I enjoy reading out loud to younger siblings, or reading to myself.
Definitely one I cry over, because it’s so sweet.

This story was originally published in the early 1900’s, and it’s a true story. Lamplighter Publishing reintroduced it years ago, and I’m SO glad they did. The story is such a touching story about a mail man and a candle and the Light of the World. If you read nothing else on this list, read this one you won’t be sorry you did, promise!

Behold

This book was one I had the pleasure of reading and reviewing, and you can read that review HERE.

Overall, this is a collection of short stories that captured so many emotions of Christmas, and it’s one that I enjoy re-reading often. The sibling relationships Faith captured and the dynamics of family life really made this one stand out to me, along with the common theme of military running through these stories. I appreciated the clear message of salvation through Christ alone by faith alone that ran throughout the whole book, in every story.

Little Women

I’m not sure when this became a Christmas book to me, ya’ll. Because Christmas is only featured within a relatively few chapters of the story, compared with the overall length of the book . . . but it is.
Maybe it’s the feeling of nostalgia that comes when I open the book and inhale the pages? Maybe it’s because it’s the first classic book I read, and I fell in love with all the classic writers after this? *shrugs* Maybe it’s because of the strong sisterly ties that are such a tender part of the story?

The copy I have is a beautifully bound copy from my great-aunt that she gave me when I was 12, and I have literally read it at least once a year since then. That’s half my life, guys.

I know there are various feelings on this book — some people love it, some hate it — but it’s a part of my childhood, and I loved visiting with the four March sisters, and I cried over Beth’s death and I exulted in Jo’s writing escapades and I cringed when Meg was so foolish at that party . . . and it’s a story I re-read at Christmas time.

Giver of Wonders

The first Roseanna M. White book I read, and she captured me, hook, line, and sinker =) I can’t say much about this book, because I don’t want to give too much away and I want you to experience the same surprise I did when I finished it, but it was a lovely read.

The historical accuracy of ancient Greece was a huge plus, in my opinion, and I appreciated how the early church was portrayed so well.

As a note, this *does* have a bit of romance in it, but nothing I found I had to skim over or skip. And I wouldn’t recommend it to younger readers because of a certain scene with a certain debt collector . . .

The Long Winter

Another childhood favourite! Ya’ll, I learned to read when I was 3. When I was five and six, I was reading longer chapter books, and it was hard to find books that I could understand as a five year old that were a challenge. The Little House books fit the bill! My grandmother had a new book ready for me at every visit, and my five-year-old self was certain I had been born in the wrong century!

I still have my old copies, that are all beat up and worn out — I wasn’t quite so careful with books nineteen years ago. But they are precious, and this book chronicles an historically difficult and terrible winter season. But even through the difficulties, the Ingalls’ family found a way to celebrate and enjoy the little moments of each day. Seeing Ma make do and Pa figure out a way to provide for his family was a wonderful thing to me. I can’t even begin to count the number of times I have read this book, but it is always enjoyed.

And there you have it! The books I reach for every year at this time! Which of these have you read? Are any of these on your TBR?


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I am a 23 year old young lady who is redeemed and saved from my sin only by the grace of God. A bibliophile at heart with a love of history who desires to see the Word of God practically applied to all aspects of our daily lives -- in our homes, in the grocery store, in the political realm. I strive to put my jumbled, chaotic thoughts down onto paper -- reducing them into black and white rows, letters, sentences. Into some semblance of sanity. And I share them here with all of you, where I can challenge you, make you think, and cause you to ask questions. I am the oldest of eleven children living the country life in the deep south.

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