The holidays are a time to reflect and remember. So many memories come to mind as I think to past years’ celebrations, from my childhood to my adult years. One of the fondest memories I have is the wonderful holiday stories I discovered over the years. There are so many! And they are truly wonderful. Here are some of my favorites:
The Polar Express
OK, admittedly, I haven’t actually read the book. But I love the movie, and would love to get a copy of the book to read during the holidays. This is such a beautiful story, and I believe it’s one that anyone of any religion (I’m Jewish, by the way) would really enjoy. How could you not love the idea of a train pulling up to your house to take you to the North Pole to meet Santa?!
Although this story is highly enjoyable to watch, it’s also enjoyable to read about. I love the adventures of Clara and her prince traveling through the Land of Sweets. The Nutcracker itself is not only a wonderful story to read during the holidays, but books about The Nutcracker are wonderful too. I have a hard copy of The Nutcracker Ballet by Jack Anderson my grandparents gave me for Hanukkah when I was little that I treasure. Not only does it tell the story, but it also tells the story behind the ballet’s production, from the time it was created, to the first performance, to the music, and various performances around the world. It is a book I treasure and will never get rid of.
The Night Before Christmas
How can you not read this book every year on Christmas Eve?
These are my favorite Christmas stories to read throughout the holidays. Some other classics you may want to add to your collection are A Christmas Carol, Miracle on 34th Street, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and Frosty the Snowman.
What’s your favorite holiday story? Feel free to share it with me, and then read it with your family. Happy holidays!
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