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The Best Christmas Books

Updated on March 18, 2011

Christmas books sometimes get lost in the shuffle of the holidays as DVDs and iPods take on the task of holiday stories and tunes. From "How The Grinch Stole Christmas" to "The Gift of the Magi," nothing conveys the holidays quite like a Christmas story. Although a large-screen high-definition television is a fine alternative, the best story experiences are those that come from a book and our own creative imagination.

Christmas books make the perfect gift for friends, family and co-workers. Choose from novels about the holidays, books on tape for their long commutes or Christmas books for children for the young families in your life.

When my children were young, we had a tradition of reading one Christmas story every night before they went to bed from Thanksgiving up until the big day.They looked forward eagerly to choosing the story we would read that night, and your children will too.


Short Stories for the Holidays

A book of short stories is a great way to get your family involved in reading a story a day until Christmas. Choose from classic Christmas stories, a collection of modern favorites or traditional stories from around the world. Don't worry about getting picture books for the little ones, as when the entire family gathers to read a story together, they will be enthralled just by listening and watching the adults savor the story.


Classic Christmas Stories

It wouldn't be Christmas without a reading of A Christmas Carol, so be sure to include it in your Christmas book collection. Many classic Christmas stories can be found in the short story collection books, but there are still plenty of full length classic stories to keep you in the holiday spirit.


Children's Christmas Books

Most every Christmas story is available for children, including picture books, pop-ups and coloring books for the little ones, and full-length paperbacks for the tween and teen crowd. Choose some of the classic childrens' stories, like The Night Before Christmas or Polar Express, or select more current titles like


Novels With a Christmas Twist

The many Christmas novels available will satisfy your need to read while instilling the spirit of the holidays in you. Gift them in your office Secret Santa gift swap, to your favorite daily commuter or keep them for yourself. Instead of a cookie swap this year, gather your friends for a Christmas book swap and start a tradition that your friends will look forward to each holiday season.


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      Sunnyglitter 7 years ago from Cyberspace

      I love a good Christmas book!

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      Great and well chosen Christmas books. Fullmarks.