Christmas time is fun and festive – but it’s also a time of thoughtfulness, compassion and love. During the holiday season, love is tenderly remembered and cherished in deeds done in time past by family, friends, and even strangers. Thoughts of them warm our hearts and cause us to contemplate how we can gift such a wondrous blessing forward – to our co-workers, neighbors, family and the unknown face before us. Love is a most precious, beautiful gift.
Here is a list of the most beloved, heart-warming Christmas stories. May they inspire and bless your holiday season!
Book Overview: This is a story that rings of warmth, love and hope. And it’s compellingly touching each time it’s read.
It’s a tender tale about a gloomy man who receives two visitors one day and how through their persistent thoughtfulness, change his life. Incredibly well told and with luxurious life-like illustrations, this is a book worth making a family tradition. The moving, lyrical story has been widely hailed as a true Christmas classic. Ages: 5 – 10
Book Overview: This story is poignant, meaningful and thought-provoking. It beautifully drives the message home – “others,” “compassion,” and “love.” Your children will feel it sink into their hearts and will contemplate those around them, and who they could possibly tell about the One, the “Great Joy.”
It is just before Christmas when an organ grinder and monkey appear on the street corner outside Frances’s apartment. Frances can see them from her window and, sometimes, when it’s quiet, she can hear their music. In fact, Frances can’t stop thinking about them, especially after she sees the man and his monkey sleeping outside on the cold street at midnight. Ages: 5 – 10
Book Overview: I love this one! Tender, poignant and beautiful, this story captures the wonderful inner-glow we all feel when we’ve learned it is better to give then to receive.
When the little princess starts becoming ungrateful and thoughtlessly unwrapping gifts only to dismiss them quickly, her parents, the King and Queen, formulate a profound intervention. They present her with three gifts, only three, but ones that have meaning and thought behind each one. A beautiful lesson is presented here, both for children and parents alike. Lusciously illustrated, this is a book your family will always cherish! Ages: 6 – 12
Book Overview: Here’s a not so well-known treasure! Trisha loves the eight days of Hanukkah, when her mother stays home from work, her Babushka makes delicious potato latkes, and her Grampa carves wonderful animals out of wood as gifts for Trisha and her brother. In the middle of her family’s preparation for the festival of lights, Trisha visits her closest neighbors, expecting to find them decorating their house for Christmas. Instead they are all bedridden with scarlet fever. Trisha’s family is one of the few who has been spared from the epidemic. It is difficult for them to enjoy their Hanukkah feast when they know that their neighbors won’t be able to celebrate their holiday. Then Grampa has an inspiration. What they decide to do will touch and warm your family’s heart. Ages: 5 – 11
Book Overview: This sentimental story is a must read for Christmas. Full of warmth, Swedish tradition, family devotion, and Christ-like love, this profound tale will captivate your hearts with it’s lush illustrations and meaningful message.
In turn-of the-century Sweden, finding the almond hidden in the rice pudding is the Christmas Eve highlight for many children, since it means a chance to wish…for a new pair of snowshoes, a mountain of truffles coated with cocoa, an adorable kitten. For ten long years–all of her life–Annika has dreamed of discovering the almond in her own pudding. Will this be her year? Read this one out loud with the family! Ages: 5 – 9