December is here and Christmas is a few days away. It’s time for you to get cozy with a blanket, coffee, and a book. Always enjoy the season as it is they say. However, if you are not a feel-good reader, we got you. Here in this list, we have a little bit of everything – romance, mystery, and adventure. In this article, we are going to read about the 15 best Christmas story books. Christmas story books are important because they help to preserve and share the traditions and values of the holiday season. These stories often revolve around themes such as family, generosity, and the true meaning of Christmas, which can provide valuable lessons and reminders for readers of all ages.
15 Best Christmas Story Books
- A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
- The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore
- In a Holidaze by Christina Lauren
- The Nutcracker by E.T.A. Hoffmann
- The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey by Susan Wojciechowski
- The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson
- How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss
- The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry
- One Day in December by Josie Silver
- Skipping Christmas by John Grisham
- The Twelve Dates of Christmas by Jenny Bayliss
- Hercule Poirot’s Christmas by Agatha Christie
- The Santa Suit by Mary Kay Andrews
- Christmas Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella
- A Charlie Brown Christmas” by Charles M. Schulz
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
This book is a classic, moving, and fascinating book to read in December. It focuses on the grumpy miserliness of Ebenezer Scrooge. Ebenezer gets a second opportunity in life to figure out the significant aspects of his life. He will receive the assistance of some ghosts who have given him an unforgettable narrative of “This is Your Life.” Like, other Charles Dickens works, A Christmas Carol is also quite instructive, especially if you are interested in Victorian culture or period.
The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore
“The Night Before Christmas” is a beloved Christmas poem written by Clement C. Moore. It is also known as “A Visit from St. Nicholas” or “Twas the Night Before Christmas”. The poem was first published anonymously in 1823 and has since become a classic Christmas story, often recited or read aloud during the holiday season. The poem tells the story of Santa Claus, who arrives on Christmas Eve in a sleigh pulled by eight reindeer. He enters the house through the chimney and delivers presents to all the good boys and girls who are asleep in their beds. The poem is known for its playful and whimsical language, which has helped to make it a favorite among children and adults alike.
In a Holidaze by Christina Lauren
Christmas is the most amazing time of the year but not for Maelyn. She lives with her parents, detests her stagnant job, and has made a romantic error of epic proportions. This Christmas is perhaps the worst as this is the last time Mae will be at her favorite place in the world – Utah cabin. She and her family have spent every holiday in this cabin since she was born. The next thing she knows, metal collides, tires screech, and everything turns black. When she wakes up she is on an airplane to Utah and she prefaces her holiday all over again.
The Nutcracker by E.T.A. Hoffmann
“The Nutcracker” is a short story by E.T.A. Hoffmann, which was published in 1816. The story follows a young girl named Marie who is given a nutcracker doll as a Christmas present. She soon discovers that the doll is actually a prince who has been cursed by an evil mouse queen. The story is well known for its use of magical and fantastical elements, and it has been adapted into many different forms, including ballets and films.
The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey by Susan Wojciechowski
In “The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey,” a young boy named Thomas asks the grumpy, reclusive woodcarver, Jonathan Toomey, to carve a Nativity scene for his family’s Christmas. Despite his initial reluctance, Toomey agrees and begins to work on the carvings. As he spends time with Thomas and his family, he begins to open up and rediscover the joy and meaning of Christmas. Through the boy’s persistence and kindness, Toomey is able to let go of the pain and loss he has experienced in his past and find happiness once again. This heartwarming story is a reminder of the power of love and forgiveness during the holiday season.
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson
In “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever,” the Herdman siblings, known for being the most misbehaved and disruptive children in town, accidentally end up taking the lead roles in the annual Christmas pageant. Despite their initial reluctance, they end up surprising everyone with their dedication and effort in rehearsals. As they learn the story of the birth of Jesus, they begin to see the true meaning of Christmas and change their behavior for the better. This humorous and heartwarming story is a reminder of the transformative power of the holiday season.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss
Grinch has lived for 53 in a cave looming above the Whos in Whoville. The infernal signing and noisy holidays of the happy citizens irk him to death. Grinch decides that this merriment should come to an end now. He plans to design and dress up himself as Santa, make his dog Max look like somewhat of a reindeer, head down to Whoville and stop the ecstasy once and for all. The Grinch steals gifts, food, and even logs. He dumps everything on Mount Crumpit and waits to hear the sobs. However, what he hears is children singing not weeping.
The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry
“The Gift of the Magi” is a short story by O. Henry that was first published in 1905. The story is about a young couple named Della and Jim who are very poor but deeply in love. On Christmas Eve, they want to buy each other gifts, but they only have a few dollars to spare. Della cuts and sells her long, beautiful hair to buy a watch fob chain for Jim’s watch, and Jim sells his watch to buy combs for Della’s hair. In the end, they both realize that the gifts they bought are now useless, but they are still happy because they showed their love for each other through the sacrifices they made. The story is a classic example of the true meaning of Christmas and the power of selflessness and love.
One Day in December by Josie Silver
Laurie is not a believer in the love at first sight notion. However, one day through a misted bus window on a snowy December day she sees someone who she knows is her Mr. Right. There was a moment of magic, their eyes meet, and then the bus continued to move. Laurie spends a year scanning every café and bus stops in London. She couldn’t find him. However, they reunite at her best friend Sarah’s Christmas party where Sarah introduces, Jack, as her new boyfriend.
Skipping Christmas by John Grisham
When Luther and Nora decide to skip the holiday together, they are thinking of a year without crowded shops, corny parties, fruitcakes, and unwanted presents. It’s only their house that won’t have a snowman and they are not even going to have a tree. However, they would learn that skipping Christmas can have unimaginable consequences.
The Twelve Dates of Christmas by Jenny Bayliss
Thirty-four-year-old Kate Turner looks at relationships with a bit of meh! Blexford is not brimming with hopes. However, Kate is content with her career as a designer and her side job of baking for her friend Matt’s café. Matt signs her up for a dating agency that promises to find love for people before the holiday arrives. Twelve dates with twelve men – Christmas is twenty-three days away. Each date is more horrendous than the previous one. Perhaps, what she is looking for was always around.
Hercule Poirot’s Christmas by Agatha Christie
If it’s Agatha Christie, you know it’s anything but a MERRY Christmas. A family reunion is stained by murder and the notorious investigator is quickly on the matter. Simon Lee has demanded her four sons and their wives return home for Christmas. However, a heart-warming holiday is not, particularly what Simon has in mind. He insults his sons and announces that he is changing his will. And, it is all up to Poirot to find out.
The Santa Suit by Mary Kay Andrews
Ivy Perkins is newly divorced and she is certainly looking for a change in her life. The previous family has left a lot of furniture in the Four Roses, as the farmhouse is called. It is now a full-time job for Ivy to sort things out. Ivy finds a beautifully made decades-old Santa suit at the top of a closet. In the pocket of the suit, there is a note from a little girl who wishes her father to return home from the war. Now, Ivy is on a mission and she needs answers. Who wrote that letter and did the father come home? All that Ivy was looking for is a quiet Christmas but now she will have a welcoming home, a family reunion, a solved mystery, and a second chance in love.
Christmas Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella
Becky adores Christmas. Her Christmas is always the same with mum, dad, mum pretends to make the pudding, carols playing, and neighbors come around for sherry in their terrible-looking jumpers. However, this year seems to be a little different. Her parents have asked Becky if she could host this year. Husband Like wants aftershave again, sister Jess demands a vegan turkey, and Minnie insisting a particular hamper, along with the arrival of an ex-boyfriend with his pushy girlfriend – seems like a party Becky can handle.
A Charlie Brown Christmas” by Charles M. Schulz
In “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” the iconic character Charlie Brown struggles with the commercialization and lack of meaning in the holiday season. Despite his friends’ attempts to help him get into the Christmas spirit, he remains depressed and disillusioned. However, when he is tasked with directing the school’s Christmas play, he begins to rediscover the true meaning of Christmas through the story of the birth of Jesus. With the help of his friends, he is able to put on a simple but meaningful Christmas pageant and find joy in the holiday season. This beloved classic is a reminder of the importance of staying true to the spirit of Christmas.
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