I seem to be doing a lot of book themed posts lately. Are they boring? Probably. But whatever.
I keep the holiday books in the closet 11 months out of the year, and bring them out about this time. I have to admit there is a big part of me that gets really excited for the appearance of the Christmas books.
This book at the left is my vintage copy of Santa Claus A Fuzzy Wuzzy Picture Story Book. This is the copy I had as a kid. I remember loving this book, especially the flocked Santa Suit. Now when I read it I cringe a bit at some non-PC references. Some judicious editing when I read it is necessary.
Here are few of my favorite books I bring out this time of year:
The Tomten by Astrid Lindgren. Only a curmudgeon wouldn’t love a little troll who looks after the farm animals on a snowy night.
The Tomten and the Fox (see above!)
Christmas in Noisy Village by Astrid Lindgren. Possibly my all time favorite Christmas book for the memories it brings back and the Carl Larsson-esque imagery of Swedish Christmases.
A Norse Lullaby by M.L. Van Vorst. Such a soothing book, New Kid loves to hear it over and over.
The Christmas Magic by Lauren Thompson, of the Mouse’s First Series fame (Mouse’s First Christmas is wonderful, too).
Christmas Trolls by Jan Brett. More Scandinavian Christmas goodness.
Letters from Father Christmas by J. R. R. Tolkein. This is an amazing collection of letters that Tolkein wrote to his children from Father Christmas. We had this book as a child and I poured over it every year.
Christmas is Here by Lauren Castillo. If you want a book with the Biblical story, this is the one.
The Latke Who Couldn’t Stop Screaming: A Christmas Story by Lemony Snicket. Did you know? Hanukkah is actually not the Jewish Christmas. Hilarious.
Of course there are a million — a million — Christmas books. What is on your holiday bookshelf?