As we enter into December, we encourage you to spend time with your family by reading and reflecting upon the joy and hope that the Christmas season provides. We have picked a few of our favorite selections, which range from Advent-themed poems and prayers to imaginative letters written by Father Christmas and his wiley sidekick, Polar Bear.
1. Letters from Father Christmas by J.R.R. Tolkien
Delve into the imaginative world crafted by the legendary J.R.R. Tolkien. "Letters from Father Christmas" offers a glimpse into the whimsical correspondence from the North Pole, where Father Christmas and his mischievous companion, Polar Bear, share tales of enchanting adventures and holiday magic.
2. The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry
O. Henry's classic, "The Gift of the Magi," is a poignant tale of love and selflessness. Follow the heartwarming journey of a young couple who, in their quest to give the perfect Christmas gifts to each other, discover the true meaning of generosity and sacrifice.
3. The Nutcracker by E.T.A. Hoffman
Transport yourself to the magical realm of the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Mouse King with E.T.A. Hoffman's timeless "The Nutcracker." This beloved story, accompanied by Tchaikovsky's iconic music, is a holiday staple that captures the enchantment of the season.
4. The Story of Holly and Ivy by Rumer Godden
Rumer Godden's "The Story of Holly and Ivy" weaves a heartwarming narrative of a doll named Ivy, a young orphan named Holly, and the magic that unfolds when their paths intertwine during the festive season. A tale of love, belonging, and the spirit of Christmas.
5. The Crippled Lamb by Max Lucado
In Max Lucado's "The Crippled Lamb," readers experience the tender love that God holds for those who feel alone and different. The story revolves around Joshua, a lamb with a crippled leg, who grapples with the feeling of being left out because he can't run and play like the other lambs. Readers can expect a gentle tug on their hearts as the little lamb's prayers are answered in a truly amazing way.
6. Waiting on the Word by Malcolm Guite
"Waiting on the Word" by Malcolm Guite is a collection of poems that guides readers through the season of Advent. Immerse yourself in these reflective verses that capture the anticipation, longing, and hope associated with the weeks leading up to Christmas.
7. O Come, O Come, Emmanuel: A Liturgy for Daily Worship by Jonathan
Gibson Jonathan Gibson's "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel" offers a liturgical journey for daily worship during the Advent season. Engage in thoughtful reflections, prayers, and scripture readings as you prepare your heart for the celebration of Christ's birth.
This December, let the literary treasures in this Christmas Reading Guide become a part of your family traditions, creating moments of shared joy, contemplation, and connection. As the holiday season unfolds, may these stories kindle the spirit of Christmas in your hearts, fostering a sense of warmth, love, and timeless wonder. Happy reading and Merry Christmas! 📚🎄✨
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