I’ve started my Christmas reading. As of today there are 80 days until Christmas, so it’s time to get busy. I started a week or so ago with some books I picked up at our local Christian library. I’d share those titles if I still had the books. I do know that I read the trilogy starting with The Christmas Shoes. (You may have heard the song. I’m not sure if the song was based on the book or the book on the song, but it’s the same story.) If you have a chance, read them. Be prepared, though, to cry.
Here’s a list of the books I own that I will be reading between now and Christmas. I read them every year during this time. And, sometimes I pick one up and read through it in the middle of the year.
Charles Dickens’s Christmas Tales – This is a collection of the stories Dickens wrote that are set at Christmas. Included is, of course, A Christmas Carol. If I read nothing else from the book I always read that story.
The Autobiography of Santa Clause by Jeff Guinn– Starting with the story of Nicholas, Bishop of Myra, this is a wonderful tale that weaves the story of Santa through a darned good history book. Told in first-person, it’s a delightful tale for children and adults who still believe.
How Mrs. Claus Saved Christmas by Jeff Guinn – Did you know that England almost outlawed Christmas in the 1600s? Read about how the people (with a little help from Mrs. Claus) defied the puritans and kept the celebration of Christmas alive.
The Great Santa Search by Jeff Guinn – How did we come to have Santas on every street corner and in every mall? What would happen if Santa Claus entered an American Idol-style contest to find the real Santa? Would he win? Read this book if you’d like to find out.
Skipping Christmas by John Grisham – This is the book that the movie was based on. It’s a lot less slap-stick and a lot more heart-warming. Still, you’ll get some laughs out of it as you follow a couple of empty-nesters during their no-Christmas holiday.
One Incredible Moment by Max Lucado – Embrace the manger. Celebrate the coming of the Christ child. This is a small book, a quick read.
A Redbird Christmas by Fannie Flagg – A man moves from Chicago to a tiny town in Alabama for his health. The climate saves his life, but the people save his heart. This is a very touching book.
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson – She didn’t want to lead the church’s children’s Christmas pageant, but she got volunteered. Now the worst children in town are participating. People want her to cancel the pageant, but she’s determined to make it the best one ever. Funny and heartwarming.
Finding Father Christmas by Robin Jones Gunn – A young woman follows clues about her father to England. There she finds her father, her Heavenly Father, and Father Christmas.
Engaging Father Christmas by Robin Jones Gunn – Having found her family, will she ever be welcomed? This is a wonderful sequel that ties up the loose ends that left you wanting more at the end of Finding Father Christmas.
Finding Christmas by James Calvin Schaap – The subtitle describes this collection of stories well, “Stories of Startling Joy and Perfect Peace.”
Give this Christmas Away by Matthew West – This is a book of ideas for sharing your Christmas with others. If you’re looking for ways to reach out this season, pick up this book.
The Christmas Quilt by Thomas J. Davis – Granny is old and not in the best of health, but she’s excited that her son might visit for the first time in years. So, she’s making him a special gift. This story is told through the eyes of a young boy just beginning to notice girls. Will Uncle Joe return home? Will Granny get the quit done? Will Granny live to see Christmas? Will you be able to read this book without being drawn into the world of a little boy in a small town in Appalachia? I couldn’t.
The Aluminum Christmas Tree by Thomas J. Davis – This sequel to The Christmas Quilt follows now-grown-up cousin Mildred’s husband as he finds out that all that glitters isn’t gold.
The Great Christmas Bowl by Susan May Warren – Have you ever wanted the perfect Christmas? Marianne Wallace does, and she has one last chance to create a holiday her family will never forget before they’ve all left the nest.
The Politically Correct Night before Christmas by Anonymous – This is what might happen when if an ACLU attorney got hold of the beautiful poem by Clement C Moore.
I’ll read little books that have been packed away with the Christmas stuff; The Crippled Lamb by Max Lucado comes to mind. I’ll also pick up additional books to read from both Our Father’s Library and our local public library.
Reading books like these help me to get into and stay in the Christmas spirit. Whatever you choose to read, happy reading.