What are the best Christmas books of all time? There are lists to be found everywhere, but the best lists are filled with the books that have proven themselves to be classics.
How The Grinch Stole Christmas Dr. Seuss
“The Grinch, whose heart is two sizes too small, hates Who-ville’s holiday celebrations, and plans to steal all the presents to prevent Christmas from coming. To his amazement, Christmas comes anyway, and the Grinch discovers the true meaning of the holiday.” —Product description
A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens
The three spirits of Christmas past, Christmas present, and Christmas future haunt mean old Ebenezer Scrooge one night, with the intention of turning him into a nice guy.
The Night before Christmas Clement Clarke Moore
“Twas the night before Christmas,
and all through the house
not a creature was stirring
except for a mouse . . .”
The Nutcracker E.T.A. Hoffman
“This vivid tale of intrigue, wicked curses and rodents hot on revenge satisfyingly reveals why the Mouse King and the Nutcracker were such bitter enemies.” —Amazon
The Little Drummer Boy Katherine K. Davis.
“A magical figurine—a regal drummer whose companionship and soulful percussion offer comfort to a lonely child—is accidentally cast out with the trash. The drummer boy braves a string of harrowing encounters with wildlife, a steep fall from a bell tower, and the blustery winter weather the only way he knows how—by dutifully playing his drum.” —Booklist
The Polar Express Chris Van Allsburg
“The tale of a young boy lying awake on Christmas Eve only to have Santa Claus sweep by and take him on a trip, with other children, to the North Pole.” —Amazon
The Gift of the Magi O. Henry
“In a shabby New York flat, Della sobs as she counts the few coins she has saved to buy a Christmas present for her husband, Jim. A gift worthy of her devotion will require a great sacrifice. Jim, meanwhile, has made a sacrifice for Della that is no less difficult. As they exchange gifts on Christmas Eve, the discovery of what each has done fills them with despair, until they realize that the true gifts of Christmas can be found more readily in their humble apartment than in any fine store.” —Product description
The Very First Christmas Paul L. Maier
“Maier . . . sets the story in the American West, where a curious 8-year-old boy named Christopher wants a ‘real’ bedtime story. His mother then tells him the miraculous story of the Nativity.” —Amazon