My kids have me thinking about Christmas. I was wondering if anyone could recommend some good Christmas books besides “A Christmas Carol” and the Bible story? I am looking for something that would take about 1-2 weeks to read (1-2 chapters a day).
Talk to you all later and thanks.
Our all time favorite is Jotham’s Journey by Arnold Ytreedei. We’ve also enjoyed his sequels, Bartholomew’s Passage and Tabithas Travels. These Christmas stories are absolutely WONDERFUL!
We loved Jotham’s Journey last year!! We are looking forward to reading it again this year. It was a wonderful story.
We also love Jotham’s Journey and the others in the series, we read them for years, and even now occasionally do – but with the girls being older, we do an advent devotional. For younger children though the Arnld Ytreedei books are wonderful and recommended. I think they have been republished because for a while it was hard to find them. Linda
Cool, I’ll have to track them down. Checking my library first.
We loved Ida Early Comes Over the Mountain by Robert Burch — it’s hilarious and a lot of fun!
One of our favorite Christmas books is The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey. This is very popular among homeschoolers. Sorry, can’t think of the author’s name. Also, Patricia Polacco has a good Christmas book called Christmas Tapestry. The Friendly Beasts is about the song of the same name. I think it was illustrated by Tomie de Paolo.
I was wondering what age would you start reading Jotham’s Journey? It sounds wonderful and I’ve had in my wishlist at amazon since last year. My boys are 3, 4, & 6.
We are reading a Jesse Tree book this year and some others like The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey, Peanuts Christmas (dh’s favorite that he read growing up ;0) ), and Legend of the Candy Cane.
Hi Hope! Our oldest boys were 5 & 10 when we began Jothams Journey and for the past 5 years its been tradition in our house to read the series during advent. You really can’t go wrong with it, the little ones can listen in, and even you and your husband will enjoy it! Can I ask you the name of the author of Jesse Tree? Its one we’ve never read and thought we might be interested in. Thanks & Merry Christmas ~ Heather
Heather, we are reading one by Geraldine McCaughrean. It’s great but I would say for younger children. I just got an e-mail today that said Ann Voskamp’s Jesse Tree devotional is free on her website. I just signed up for her feed so I can download it but haven’t looked at it yet though I think some people here recommended it before.
Here is the link in case you are interested,
Julie mentioned Ida Early Comes Over the Mountain, which our family enjoys. There is also Christmas with Ida Early – another favorite.
One Wintry Night by Ruth Bell Graham.
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
Little Drummer Boy by Ezra Jack Keats
I wanted to bump up this post because there are a number of good books mentioned, however….
….I am looking for something for my 15-year old daughter to read for about a month starting around November 25th. She will be finished with her current literature book, but she’s not really interested in A Christmas Carol. We are looking for something that has a holiday setting. She could, if need be, carry the reading over into early January.
I am also looking for a similar item for my 13-year old daughter. She is just finishing Little Women, and the language in that was a bit challenging for her. (It has made for a good vocabulary study, though!)
Here is a post I did in September with a list of some of our favorites.
Sue, how about:
Christmas with Grandma Elsie
The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus (Yesterday’s Classics)
Christmas with Anne and other Holiday Stories (Anne of Green Gables)
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