Christmas Books … A Christmas Family Tradition …

Christmas Books … A Christmas Family Tradition 001


I love reading and have always enjoyed bedtime stories with my girls. This was one of my favourite times of every day when we would snuggle up and spend some quiet time together. Reading was part of our nightly routine and a great way to settle and relax the kids before they drifted off to sleep.


In December I always brought out our collection of Christmas books to read together which really added to the magic and spirit of Christmas. I always packed our Christmas books and DVD’s away after Christmas with the decorations so that, when we unpacked them each year, they were special and relevant to the time of year.


Each year I would also buy a new Christmas book to add to our collection and this soon became one of our family Christmas traditions. Even though the girls are now older, we always buy a book each year to read to younger nieces and nephews or any other kiddos who come to visit.


So if you’re looking to build your own collection of Christmas books, here are the titles in our collection that are just perfect for Christmas:


  • The Night Before Christmas
  • Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Clause
  • The Nutcracker
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas
  • Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
  • A Christmas Carol
  • The Polar Express
  • Frosty The Snowman
  • Olive, the Other Reindeer
  • Nightmare Before Christmas
  • Can you find … 1001 Christmas Things
  • The Twelve Days of Christmas
  • Reindeer’s Christmas Surprise
  • The Naughtiest Reindeer
  • Little Ducks First Christmas
  • Santa’s Beard
  • The Christmas Tugboat: How the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Came to New York City
  • Merry Moosey Christmas
  • The Legend of Papa Noel: A Cajun Christmas Story
  • Madeline’s Christmas
  • Charlie Brown’s Christmas
  • The Last Christmas Tree
  • The Christmas Miracle of Jonathon Toomey
  • I Spy Christmas
  • How Santa Got His Job
  • Katie’s London Christmas
  • Lighthouse Christmas


We’ve just come back from a holiday to New Zealand and while we were there I picked up a copy of A Pirate’s Twelve Days of Christmas to add to our collection. It is the most gorgeous book and the Department Store that I purchased it from, Smith & Caughey’s, had their windows set up with animated characters telling the story. It was so beautiful and brought back childhood memories of going into the city in Sydney to see the Myer Christmas Windows every year.


So tell me, do you read Christmas stories through December and which one is your favourite?