Forget television, or streaming devices to watch the Christmas classics, nothing beats a book and the ambiance of a roaring fire. The words from a holiday book along with eggnog can recapture the magic of Christmas and will build enjoyable memories for children. Festive favorites can be passed down through generations with books like "The Night before Christmas," "The Polar Express," "A Christmas Carol" or "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer." So, before the kiddos go to bed on Christmas Eve, start lulling them to sleep with some literature. And for the kid inside of you (we know you are getting excited), allow these books to recreate warm thoughts of your own childhood! What is even more important are the lessons, sometimes hidden or not hidden in the following stories. Here are 7 books you can share with those little ones as they wait for Santa!
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.
"Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" is a fictional male reindeer that was written by Robert Lewis May and was published in 1939 by the retailer Chicago-based Montgomery Ward. The company created their own coloring books to save money, so they could give them out for free. But they did a lot more, as the idea created a legend. The story chronicled the experiences of Rudolph, who is different from the other reindeer due to his red nose that shined at night. He proved himself useful and led Santa’s sleigh to rescue Christmas. The other reindeer respected him after his successful journey of delivering toys to the world’s children. Kids will always remember the cute little buck, who was bullied, and who “will go down in history.”
A Charlie Brown Christmas.
A Charlie Brown Christmas first aired on television in 1965 on CBS and is a beloved favorite classic for kids and adults. The book soon followed after the program aired. The story is based on Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and a sad looking sapling. The story goes into the commercialization of Christmas and explored what the true meaning of the holiday is. The story continued to be a smash hit with kids around Christmastime. Two things are certain with the book and the animated show, is that we will never forget the tree, or the best rendition the gang sang of "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing," ever to sung!
How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
Cue the bitter bright green monster that lives on Mount Crumpit with his dog Max. The Grinch, who lived just north of Whoville, hated to hear the happiness in town. To take care of the laughter he stole their Christmas presents and food. The Grinch, disguised as Santa, planned to drag all of his findings up the hill and throw it all into an abyss. With a heart “two sizes, too small" he made it outside the town, but heard cries. Suddenly, the Grinch’s shrunken heart grew three sizes larger and he ended up returning all which was stolen. “Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before! What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store? What if Christmas...perhaps...means a little bit more!” No wonder why "How the Grinch Stole Christmas!" is such a mainstay with people worldwide.