Is it at this time of year when family traditions abound. We dig out the hot chocolate and snuggle up on the couch while watching the snow fall. We also have a large collection of Christmas books and movies to keep us entertained when it is too cold to head outside, or just because we want to sit and enjoy one. While the list of Christmas, holiday, and snow related books can seem endless, I have kept this list to a few of the classics that seem to have been timeless and popular throughout the years.
Classic Christmas Stories for Kids
- How the Grinch Stole Christmas - “Every Who down in Who-ville liked Christmas a lot . . . but the Grinch, who lived just north of Who-ville, did NOT!”
- The Polar Express - A young boy, lying awake one Christmas Eve, is welcomed aboard a magical trip to the North Pole . . . Through dark forests, over tall mountains, and across a desert of ice, the Polar Express makes its way to the city atop the world, where the boy will make his Christmas wish.
- The Night Before Christmas – A classic poem done over and over in many variations. “Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house…”
- Frosty the Snowman – Frosty the Snowman comes to life each year with his magic hat, button nose, and eyes made out of coal. Sing the song, watch the movie and read the book. Anyway you slice it there is fun to be had by all.
- The Gift of the Magi – He sells his prized possession to get her something she will love and she sells hers for him, rendering both their gifts useless. Only they find the true gift is in their love, sacrifice and giving to each other.
- The Nutcracker – Delight in this story by attending a performance of the ballet, watching a production on television or reading only of the many illustrated variations and watch Clara’s precious nutcracker come life!
- Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer – “You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen,
you know Comet and Cupid and Donner and Blitzen, But do you recall, The most famous reindeer of all?”
- 12 Days of Christmas – We even made our own variation of this classic song that pertained to our family! This classic rhyme is a fun and fancy free book to read each year with your children and sing along to the classic song (or even the Disney version with Goofy that we love so much)!
- A Christmas Carol – Each year around Christmas we love watching all the many variations of this story on tv. Even though we know how it all ends we all delight in seeing that even mean old Scrooge can change his ways!