Sharing the joy of books at Christmas
My fondest memories of Christmas, are those reading Christmas books with my parents and many years later, reading the same books to my son and now today I read them to my grandsons. These timeless classics continue to be treasured by my family, generation after generation. Traditions of curling up with a cup of hot cocoa, a warm blanket and those close to our hearts, sharing the time together reading on Christmas Eve. For me, this is priceless.
Soft Christmas music plays in the background, the tree, with presents beneath it, sparkles in all its glory and a child is enjoying the magical world enchanted by a book. Introducing children to the love of books at an early age will be a gift they will carry with them for the rest of their lives.
Being the youngest daughter of science fiction author James P. Hogan, my father shared with me his love for books and writing at a very early age. This passion has stayed with me all my life and I could never imagine a world without books.
I’m sure many of you have fond memories of these classic books and have a favorite that you share with your children today. I’d love to know, which are your favorite Christmas books.
Merry Christmas, Curious George by H. A. Ray & Catherine Hapka
The first Curious George book was published in 1941. Since then he has become a household name throughout the years with movies, T.V shows, games, and toys. In this Christmas book, George is anxious to pick out a tree with his friend, the man in the yellow hat. As usual, George gets carried away hiding in the branches of the tree. The trip takes them to the local children’s hospital when George makes it a memorable Christmas for the children and meets the man in the big red suit.
The Night Before Christmas by Clement Clarke Moore & Marcin Nowakowski
First written by Clement in 1822, this beautiful illustrated poetic book is a treasure. A beautiful imaginative poem bringing the world together during the holiday season.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seus
What is Chrismas without visiting Who- Ville and making it a Grinch -mass. When it comes to writing Children’s books, Dr.Seuss is the master. In every book, he writes of values and lessons we all should teach our kids. In this fun book written in rhyme, he tells the readers to grow their hearts three sizes by doing good deeds.
A Charlie Brown Christmas by Charles M. Schultz
For over fifty years Peanuts and the gang have been a household favorite and Christmas wouldn’t be the same without them. Loved by everyone young and old, they bring into our homes, the true meaning of the holidays.
Frosty the Snowman by Jack Rollins
First introduced in the 1950’s the magical tale of a snowman that comes to life and brings joy and magical times to all the children in the neighborhood.
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer by Thea Feldham
First airing on T.V in 1964 it was an instant hit. An engaging tale of acceptance when Ruldoph and his pals – the elves escape the Abominable Snowman and end up on the Island of Misfit Toys. after many adventures, they are accepted back into Christmastown, despite their differences.
Enjoy them while they are young
Treasure the times you spend reading with your kids before you know it, they will be reading these classic books to their children. I wish we could put them all in a time-warp and let them never grow up. But if we did that we would never have any grandchildren to read to. I hope you all have a Joyous holiday, however you choose to celebrate it. Merry Christmas to each and every one of you.
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