Our week of holiday favorites continues!
While I am fond of Little Women and A Christmas Carol, the holiday stories I love best are definitely children’s books. Tucked away from the bustle and commercialism of our modern adult lives, here are some of the classics I revisit again and again whenever I need to experience the wonder of human kindness and the transformative power of faith and love.
The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams
One Christmas Eve, a boy receives a stuffed rabbit in his stocking. If you’ve ever had an attachment to a toy from your childhood, you’ll love this beautiful picture book, which overflows with tenderness and wisdom. I strongly recommend the edition with the David Jorgensen illustrations, or the film version that is a faithful word-for-word reading of the text by incomparable Meryl Streep.
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson
This hilarious middle grade novel follows the horrible Herdman kids, who lie and swear and do all kinds of things nice children have no business doing. But lo and behold, the school’s annual pageant brings out all kinds of unexpected behavior…
All of a Kind Family by Sydney Taylor
This charming series is about a group of 5 bookish sisters growing up in early 1900s New York. These old fashioned books are brimming with warm family feeling, as well as lovely depictions of traditional Jewish customs observed throughout the different holidays.
Little House Series
No stories embody the spirit of the holiday season for me more than Laura Ingalls Wilder’s books, however. (I even made Little House Christmas stockings one year!) Laura’s joy in simple things and the earnest desire to do good by others are things that speak deeply to my own beliefs, and the Ingalls’ sacrifices during the harder years are always particularly humbling to experience. Brr, that long, long winter! They’re the perfect books to curl up with on a cold winter’s night.
While each of these books have a bittersweet quality to them, the holiday stories I respond to most deeply are the ones that are left relatively untouched by cynicism and selfishness. It’s hard enough to be an adult, but Christmastime brings back a little bit of the innocence of our childhoods. It’s nice to believe in magic…even if it’s just for a little while.
Check out my fellow bloggers’ cozy winter reads:
K.’s Holiday Favorites
Tonya’s Holiday Favorites
Hope you all are having a wonderful holiday season! What are some of your favorite books to curl up with during the winter?