A list of favorite Christmas tomes that adorn my bookshelves:
Christmas With Anne by L.M. Montgomery.
- A fellow Anne fan gave this to me a couple years ago and I have read it every Christmas since. Christmas with Anne is a collection of 16 holiday stories, including favorites like “Matthew Insists on Puffed Sleeves” and others that have never appeared in book form.
Christmas Cookies by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
- I was charmed by Amy’s first book, Cookies: Bite Size Life Lessons, and was so excited to see a Christmas themed follow-up. Gorgeous illustrations accompany a delicious ABC dictionary of holiday lessons.
GRATITUDE means taking a minute to look around the table and be thankful for all the people and all the cookies.
The Greatest Shepherd of All: A Really Woolly Christmas Story by Holley Gerth
- Grandpa Woolly shares the story of THE Shepherd to his little woolly grandkids – Faith, Hope, and Joy. The whole Really Woolly line (brought to life by Julie Sawyer Phillips) makes me smile and this book is a prime example why. Part allegory, part kid’s book, this little gem manages to be cute without being simpering.
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
- It just so happens that one of my favorite novels also has plenty of Christmas spirit. Little Women is wholesome and worth reading no matter what holiday is around the corner, but there’s something special about snuggling up to read the March women’s timeless story during the Winter months.
The Gift of The Magi by O. Henry
- The twist ending in this popular short story has long lost its surprise, but O. Henry weaves a sentimental tale that continues to resonate with gift-givers everywhere.
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
- Beneath the ethical and emotional transformation of Ebenezer Scrooge lies the subtle comedy of Dicken’s literary genius. The story is oft adapted, but the original definitely earns its classic status.