Christmas is only twelve days away and everyone is getting ready for the most wonderful time of the year. That even means reading some of your favorite Christmas books. I have put together a list of the five best Christmas books out there for you to enjoy over the holidays!
We all know the story of Ebenezer Scrooge and his partner Bob Cratchit. Scrooge had a lot of hate in his heart and on the night of Christmas Eve, he was visited by three spirits: The Ghost of Christmas Past, The Ghost of Christmas Present, and lastly, The Ghost of Christmas Future. They all essentially tell him to straighten up or he’ll be going down under when he dies. The actual book itself though is quite boring, but it is a classic. Therefore it lies at number 5 on my list.
4) How the Grinch Stole Christmas! – Dr. Seuss, 1956
This is another classic, which has been made into two movies that I’m aware of. How the Grinch Stole Christmas is a timeless tale of a grumpy, green, hairy beast who doesn’t like the who’s in Whoville and absolutely cannot stand Christmas. He hates it so much, that he decides he’ll steal it, so it won’t have to come. But he then learns that the true meaning of Christmas is to spend time with one another, so he puts Christmas back and is a whole new person. Considering he gave Christmas back, I think it should say how he borrowed Christmas instead of stole it, but whatever. Personally, I think it’s an overused story around this time of year so it’s number 4 for me.
I’m not sure how well known this story is, but it is way too underappreciated. Genuinely, this book was one of the best ones I had ever read. The movie was really good as well. It’s about six misbehaved children: Imogene, Claude, Ralph, Leroy, Ollie, and Gladys, who do things such as steal, smoke and drink (should make a note that the parents are not really in the picture). They all decide to go to church one day because they are told that the church offers snacks, and while there, they are given roles to be in the Christmas pageant to tell the story of Christ. They surprise everyone by actually showing up and telling the birth of Christ in a unique way.
2) The Polar Express – Chris Van Allsburg, 1985
A lot of people are unaware that The Polar Express was even a book because the movie is so big. The book though is mainly pictures and is a pretty vague story but it’s known for the illustrations. They match the movie very well. It’s about a boy who goes on a train called the Polar Express to meet Santa Claus because he is starting to lose faith that he’s even real. On the train he meets a sweet joyous girl, a nerdy know-it-all boy, and a little boy named Billy. The conductor is also a very iconic character and the tickets are symbolic. I don’t think the book had that much detail, but he gets on a train, meets Santa, can’t hear the bells, goes home, then hears the bell. A really good book.
I can’t express to you how hard I searched to remember the name of this book. It was read to me in 3rd grade, and it has stuck with me since. The Little Match Girl is about a very poor girl who has to sell matches in the freezing cold and is not allowed to come home until all of the matches are sold or her father will beat her. She’s getting hypothermia because of how cold it is and walks barefoot because she lost her shoes. She sits down in a nook and lights the matches to keep herself warm and sees lovely visions inside the flames. She looks at the sky and sees a shooting star and recalls her dead grandmother, the only person to have ever loved and showed kindness to the girl, saying that this means someone is dying and going to heaven. She then sees her grandmother in the flames and lights one after another to keep her grandmother there. After running out of matches, the girl dies frozen to death with a smile on her face, and her grandmother carries her soul to heaven and the people of the town feel sorry for her, but they did not show her kindness before her death. Now her and her grandmother are happy in heaven. This story messed me up so much as a child. It nearly made me cry because no one would help her. It’s a really sad story, but it’s the most effective, and I give it a 10/10.