As my children have gotten older, it has given me joy to see them still get excited about old favorites. It seems like in just one year we went from being a homeschooling family of younger kids to a different kind of school family with all teens. So many things have changed in the way we do life together and celebrate holidays. But delightfully so, I hear gentle cheers when I pull out the books from the Christmas tubs. It is super fun to hear one girl ask for Merry Christmas Big Hungry Bear and another look for Mr Willowby’s Christmas Tree. Oh the memories of reading together… So many of my memories of life with my daughters are centered around books we have read together.
As I have been culling out the old to pass on to others, I’ve made sure to hold on to the favorites. Our favorite Christmas picture books are:
Mr Willowby’s Christmas Tree by Robert Barry is a charming story of a too big Christmas tree that with a little trimming becomes just right. And the trimmed piece becomes a little too big Christmas tree for the maid, and on the story goes. It seems that every year we get a tree that is just a little too big, and everyone laughs “Mr Willowby’s Christmas Tree.”
Snowmen at Christmas by Caralyn and Mark Buehner is a book we added to the family library when my youngest was 3 or 4. She LOVED Snowmen at Night, so when I came across of Snowmen at Christmas it went right into my basket. Love love love that at the end of this delightful snowman story we are reminded of the true Gift of Christmas.
Merry Christmas Big Hungry Bear by Don and Audrey Wood. This is another favorite that was discovered by our youngest daughter. We love love love The Big Hungry Bear and the Red Ripe Strawberry. Merry Christmas Big Hungry Bear is not as excellent as The Big Hungry Bear and the Red Ripe Strawberry, but it sure is good.
These books, with a few others, will remain in the Christmas tubs to be pulled out and enjoyed each year. I imagine a time will come that they end up on the book shelves of some grand kids, or maybe I’ll just make sure to gift copies to each new family as they are established.
If you are looking for ideas for great Christmas stories, check these out from your local library. If you find a new favorite, you can add it to your family’s library through links in this post.
What are your favorite Christmas stories?
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