Best Holiday Themed Books and Stories
As the days get longer and the holidays approach, one of the best things to do is curl up with a good book that puts you in the spirit for the upcoming holidays. Every family has a different approach to celebrating, and it can be fun to learn about new customs and religious traditions through the lens of a story.
This year, we’ve gathered together some fun holiday reading for you. Whether your family is made up of children, adults, or both, there’s something on the list for everyone!
A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
A Christmas Carol is one of the most classic holiday stories. It tells the tale of Ebenezer Scrooge and his rediscovery of Christmas. Written by Charles Dickens in 1844, it came out at a time when British people were re-examining their long-held Christmas traditions. This story single-handedly paved the way for a brand-new approach to celebrating Christmas.
A Christmas Carol has never been out of print since it was first published in 1844. It has been adapted into countless plays, musicals, ballets, audiobooks, and films. The story of Scrooge, Marley, and the three Ghosts of Christmas remains as timely today as it was when it was first written. It deals with themes like poverty, charity, and family in a way that both adults and children can understand.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas! – Dr. Seuss
One of the most beloved modern Christmas classics is How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, a picture-book written and illustrated by Dr. Seuss. It tells the story of a mythical creature named the Grinch, who has long despised the Christmas traditions of his neighbors, the Whos of Whoville. He sets out to steal all their Christmas decorations, and gets away with it until he realizes that the Whos are joyful and happy anyway. Their joy teaches him about the true meaning of Christmas, and he returns their gifts to them after being welcomed into their feast with open arms.
The Nutcracker – E.T.A Hoffmann
There are tons of different books that tell the story of The Nutcracker – a joyful holiday ballet scored by renowned Russian composer Tchaikovsky. The original libretto of the ballet was based on a story written by E.T.A Hoffmann, and there are tons of modern editions of his story, like the one by Maurice Sendak.
The Nutcracker tells the story of Clara, a young girl who becomes fascinated by a toy nutcracker that comes to life and whisks her off to a magical kingdom of candy.