It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…. colourful lights, beautifully decorated trees, glistening snow, and of course, presents! Everyone is starting to get into the holiday spirit. We are all busy shopping, decorating, baking and spending time with loved ones.
Children are dreaming of sugar plum fairies, magical snowmen and flying reindeer. Every child loves a good Christmas bedtime story. Why not make a family tradition by sharing a special story on Christmas eve before bedtime snuggled up with a cup of hot cocoa with marshmallows?
Here is a list of some of the most popular and beloved children’s Christmas books of all time…for youngsters and adults alike, to help get you in the Christmas spirit! So make some hot chocolate, put on your favourite pj’s and snuggle up by the fire!
1. A Child’s Christmas in Wales (Dylan Thomas)
Recorded for radio in 1952 by beloved poet Dylan Thomas, this nostalgic tale portrays the romanticised story of Christmases past. It is a simple, yet poignant, heartwarming tale that the entire family can enjoy together.
2. The Tailor of Gloucester (Beatrix Potter)
Although originally penned in 1902, this children’s classic was not published until 1903 and has been said to be Beatrix Potter’s favourite among her children’s stories. The story is about a tailor who falls ill and is unable to complete a waistcoat he is making for the mayor of Gloucester. He returns to his shop to find the work has been finished by some mice that he had previously rescued from peril.
3. The Polar Express (Chris Van Allsburg)
Now a classic major film, The Polar Express, has quickly become one of the most popular children’s Christmas stories. It is tale of a young boy who has his doubts about Christmas and Santa Claus. He then embarks upon a magical journey to the North Pole aboard the Polar Express and not only discovers the meaning of Christmas, but that friendship is a gift that never stops giving.
4. Letters From Father Christmas by J R R Tolkien
Tolkien composed this collection of letters for his children between 1920 and 1942. They are told from the point of Father Christmas and his helpers. They tell of the travels and adventures of Father Christmas. Tolkien had each letter delivered to his home with stamps from the North Pole, which he personally designed. This collection of letters has become a beloved classic shared by families all over the world during the Christmas season.
5. The Story of Holly and Ivy (Rumer Godden)
In this beloved tale by Godden, circa 1958, a young orphan girl longs for the family she has never had. She sets off in the hopes of finding a grandmother. Meanwhile the Jones’ are wishing for a child to love during the holiday season, while Holly, a doll, longs to be loved by a child and brought to life. This touching story of love and hope is an inspiring story loved by children of all ages.