The other day we decided to ask our staff members and families what their favourite Christmas books were. We were surprised when most of them couldn’t think of any. We then asked them what their favourite Christmas film was, and as expected, answers came in abundance.
What they didn’t know, however, is that many of their favourite Christmas films have originated from books. We guess nowadays many people spend the Christmas period snuggled up around the TV watching classic Christmas films, not reading a book. We’re all guilty of it.
We have come up with a list of 10 books you should give a read this Christmas, whether it’s a bedtime story for the children or a storytelling session after Christmas Dinner.
Our Top 10 Christmas Books
A Christmas Carol By Charles Dickens
Story of an old bitter man who doesn’t like Christmas. After ghosts from the past, present, and future pay him a visit he slowly starts to transition into a loving and kind-hearted man.
The Polar Express By Chris Van Allsburg
A young boy begins to realise that Father Christmas may not be real after all. On Christmas Eve he boards The Polar Express which takes him to the North Pole for his last chance to believe.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas By Dr.Seuss
The Grinch who hates Christmas decides to ruin the holiday cheer for all in Whoville, but one little girl tries to change the Grinch’s view on Christmas
The Snowman By Raymond Briggs
On a wintry day, a little boy is excited to build a snowman. One night the snowman comes to life and an amazing adventure ensues.
The Nightmare Before Christmas By Frank T.Thompson & Tim Burton
Written and illustrated by Tim Burton, The Nightmare Before Christmas is a story about the head of Halloween Town, Jack Skellington, not feeling quite right about Halloween Town. He stumbles across a place called Christmas Town and that’s when Jack decides to bring Christmas to Halloween.
The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe By C.S.Lewis
Four siblings happen to come across a magical wardrobe that leads them to the mystical land of Narnia. Frozen in winter and enslaved by the White Witch, the presence of Peter, Susan, Edmund, Lucy, and the return of the Great Lion, Aslan changes it all.
Letters From Father Christmas By J.R.R Tolkien
This books holds the collection of the captivating letters and pictures that Tolkien’s children received from Father Christmas between the years of 1920-1940. The letters tell tales of the wonderful life of living at the North Pole.
The Night Before Christmas By Clement C.Moore
‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.’ This well-known verse is brought to life in the illustrated story of a magical night where children await the arrival of their presents.
The Twelve Days of Christmas By Jan Brett
This beautiful picture book brings to life the classic holiday favourite, The Twelve Days of Christmas. “On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me…”
The Nutcracker & The Mouse King By E.T.A Hoffmann
This story begins on Christmas Eve, when a little girl’s favourite toy, The Nutcracker comes to life. The two have wonderful adventures together including the defeat against the Mouse King and a visit to a magical kingdom.
Hopefully, you’ve enjoyed this list and will consider it come Christmas time when you find yourself kicking dirt. Reading a book is a truly fulfilling experience! We couldn’t recommend it more! We hope you have a very a merry Christmas.
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