On this day, and for the days to come, I’m sure many of you will be taking time to visit with family and celebrate your holiday traditions. I’m sure it comes as no surprise that some of my favorite holiday traditions include books. Here are just a few to further brighten this holly jolly season.
1. The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg. A favorite in my household, this wonderfully illustrated classic captures the magic and importance of believing in something or someone, even when faced with doubt.
2. The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree by Gloria Houston and illustrated by Barbara Cooney. This simple and timeless story celebrates the love of family and tradition, highlighting how a family can come together in a time of need and for the good of others. A nice thought for any season.
3. Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree by Robert Barry. Who among us who have brought home a live tree haven’t experienced (at least once) a miscalculation in tree size. Mr. Willowby has just such a problem. So, he trims the top to give to his housekeeper, who in turn trims the top again to give to the gardener, and so on. It isn’t long before even the tiniest mouse is sharing in and enjoying the glow of a perfectly sized Christmas tree.
4. Carl’s Christmas by Alexandra Day. Carl is charged with taking care of baby…and what a delightful time they have! Joining a group of carolers, going shopping, giving gifts, and finally meeting the Bug Guy himself all add to a fun holiday tale about a loyal friend.
5. The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore. Last, but not least, a true classic in every sense of the word. Moore’s wondrous tale never disappoints. This year, I’ll still be hoping for my chance to meet the “right jolly old elf.”
I hope you all have wonderful holidays with friends and family, and what’s left to say really but, “Merry Christmas to all, and to all a Goodnight!”