Hi and welcome to

the Dec 11th edition of

I picked a challenging topic this week.

Is it even possible to narrow down your five favourite Christmas books?

I don’t think so.

But I can list five of the many Christmas books that I’ve enjoyed over the years.

I’m sure as soon as I finish this post I’ll remember another one.

Oh well . . .

1. The Story of Holly and Ivy by Rumer Godden – one of the dearest little Christmas stories ever written. Makes me cry. Read it. Especially if you have little doll loving girls or were one 🙂

2. Do you want to make your children laugh until the tears run down their cheeks? Especially if they’ve been raised in the church and are used to wearing towels and bathrobes in the Sunday School Pageant every Christmas? Then read The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson

I’ll never forget my boys rolling on the floor, clutching their tummies, they were laughing so hard. You may have to be PKs to get that much fun out of this book 🙂

3. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

The first ever Dickens book that I read – and I was hooked! If you have only watched the movie then

Read. The. Book.


4. Take Joy ~ The Tasha Tudor Christmas Book -lovely, lovely, lovely. Stories, poems, carols and Tasha Tudor’s family Christmas traditions. Tasha Tudor’s enchanting artwork graces every page. I don’t own my own copy but I borrow it every year from the library.

5. The Christmas Story told by Jane Werner and illustrated by Eloise Wilkin

I had a copy of this book as a child and the exquisite Eloise Wilkins artwork was indelibly imprinted in my mind. So when I saw a copy of it in a second-hand bookstore many years ago, I had to buy it for my own little ones.


Are we at five already?

I haven’t even mentioned Christ In Christmas A Family Advent Celebration or Rocking Horse Christmas by Mary Pope Osbourne or Alison Uttley’s  Stories for Christmas or Angels and Other Strangers by Katherine Paterson or The Christmas Anna Angel by Ruth Sawyer.

or any books in this basket

or this one.


I told you it was difficult.

Why don’t you tell me one of your favourite Christmas books in the comments – make my job even harder! 🙂

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

We’re celebrating a birthday on Sunday (though the date was Dec 10th)

Can anyone tell me ~ where did 27 years go?

Happy Birthday Robbie!

Thanks for coming by – for more Friday faves visit Suzanne at Living To Tell The Story

with love,

25 thoughts on “Christmas reading

  1. Carolyne says:

    I have always loved Christmas stories and have been collecting them for years. Now that I'm a Mimi to my five little "grands" I can enjoy them all over again as I begin reading them right after Thanksgiving~!


  2. Sara says:

    Just want to say I have ordered the Rumer Godden story and am eagerly awaiting its arrival! Thanks again for the recommendation.


  3. Sara says:

    What a fabulous post! Somehow I have missed that Rumer Godden story! She’s another of my favorite authors too. Another to add to my list!I agree with Joanne about Susan Hill….I’ve got her Christmas Collection – fabulous stories, every one: The Glass Angels, White Christmas, King of Kings, Lanterns Across the Snow, and Can it be True? I guess that makes five!Her Magic Apple Tree is one of my favorite books and I read it every couple of years.But, truly, I don’t think I can pick just five Christmas favorites….there are so many!


  4. Tracie says:

    I’ve been enjoying catching up on your lovely blog. I recognized some of your Christmas books; my son has a copy of the Christmas Donkey; I have the Best Christmas Pageant Ever and I just got A Christmas Carol from the library to read again – I love Dickens! Others I haven’t heard of until now. We have quite a few, but honestly my favorite Christmas reading is from the Bible!


  5. Joanne says:

    Can I add one more book/author that I love:Susan Hill http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/h/susan-hill/ (synopsis found at this link)I just finished Lanterns across the Snow…such a sweet Christmas StoryI also own these books by her:The Magic Apple TreeThrough the Kitchen Window


  6. Joanne says:

    Thank you Kathie for sharing…I just had to share mine after your lovely request!My favourite Christmas Books/authors include:Tasha Tudor….Forever Christmas, Take Joy!Rosamunde Pilcher…Christmas with Rosamunde PilcherMiss Read…all of her Christmas booksDylan Thomas…A Child’s Christmas in WalesSusan Branch…Christmas from the Heart of the HomeMax Lucado…all of his great Christmas booksTrisha Romance…A Star for ChristmasJoni Eareckson Tada…A Christmas LongingRuth Bell Graham…One Wintery NightJan Karon…Shepherds AbidingDonna VanLiere…all her Christmas booksThomas Kinkade….all of his Christmas booksElvira Woodruff…The Christmas DollRumer Godden…The Story of Holly and Ivy (we also have the movie which brings tears to my eyes every timeI watch it!)Susan Wojciechowski…The Christmas miracle of Jonathan Toomey ….These are a *few* of my favourite things… (in this case, books)Joanne


  7. Lorna says:

    Kathie – Everything looks so lovely … and inviting. Thanks for the book recommendations – and "Happy Birthday, Robbie!"


  8. Brenda says:

    I actually don’t think I have a favorite Christmas book. other than the Christmas story as told in in Luke 2. I have favorite Christmas movies. But I might look at some of yours.


  9. Sally says:

    "The Nativity" ( http://www.amazon.com/Nativity-Julie-Vivas/dp/0152060855/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1260569250&sr=1-1 ) is my absolute favourite. It uses the actual King James text, with Julie Vivas’ adorable illustrations.


  10. Oh, I remember watching Holly and Ivy on TV years ago–I didn’t know it was a book! I’ll have to tell my daughter (even though she’s 20 now!). Our babies definitely grow up too fast.


  11. I have been checking Take Joy out of the library every Christmas season for years! We have an entire bookshelf dedicated to Christmas books. Some of our favorites (not mentioned above) include: The Lion in the Box by Marguerite de Angeli; Emmet Otter’s Jug-band Christmas by Russell Hoban; The Christ Child by Maud and Miska Petersham; The Doll’s Christmas and Becky’s Christmas both by Tasha Tudor.


  12. Linda says:

    Thank you so much for sharing these wonderful books. I love, love, love "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" and anything illustrated by Eloise Wilken is a prize. I have those books too.Happy birthday to Robbie!


  13. Wonderful post. I spy many of the Christmas books dear to our household, too. And while not really a Christmas book, there is a very funny passage in "A Prayer for Owen Meany" that describes children putting on a Christmas pageant with disastrous results. I remember reading that one night over a Thanksgiving weekend while visiting my brother and his family. My hubby and I were on the sleeper sofa and I woke him up to read the passage to him, laughing so hard I was crying.


  14. Barbara H. says:

    The Story of Holly and Ivy was made into a Christmas TV special some 20 years ago, but I don’t think it is played these days.I’d love to try Tasha Tudor’s book there.


  15. Willow says:

    My dear sister in law Flower gave me the Tasha Tudor book Take Joy for Christmas one year. I treasure it! We also love The Best Christmas Pageant Ever and yes, we laugh just as hard as your boys did (our kids were MKs).Happy Birthday to Robbie!


  16. Karen says:

    Kathie, this is a wonderful post! I need to check out the first book. This weekend my daughter and I are going to see a play of "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever." I’ve not read the book, but it’s my stepmom’s favorite and she’s taking us. And #5, the Golden Book Christmas Story. I have it from when I was a child. Just seeing the cover warms my heart. I need to go find it! It’s packed away somewhere! Thanks for sending me off on a tangent this morning, LOL:)


  17. What a fabulous and very fun post! I LOVED it! I haven’t read The Best Christmas Pageant Ever in years! I saw a copy of it the other day but have little to no memory of it so thanks for recommending me back to it!Have a wonderful birthday celebration! =)


  18. What a cute idea for Friday Fave Five. I love Christmas books…..actually that is what put under our tree until Christmas day. The bottom of the tree is covered with special Christmas books. I love an old fave called Night Tree and The Pine Tree Parable by Liz Curtis Higgs is another fave. And everybody loves, A Christmas Carol. Wow and happy birthday to Robbie!! Where does that time go!?! 🙂


  19. Jerri says:

    Thanks for sharing these with us, Kathie. I’m going to be looking for them and hopefully have my collection ready to read to my grandchildren — when I have some! (I like to be prepared!)


  20. kelli says:

    what a beautiful post, Kathie!! i’ve never heard of The Story of Holly & Ivy, but you’d better bet i’ll be keeping my eye out for it!!! the other books you mentioned are favourites in our home as well:) i have to add Treasures of the Snow by Patricia St. John to the list…it’s not necessarily a "Christmas" story per se, but we read it every winter, and it is SO good!


  21. ellen b says:

    Love your favorites this week. Your baskets of books are great. One of the Christmas Stories that really moved me was The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry. Happy Birthday to your boy and I’m with you on wondering where all those years went :0)


  22. Hazel says:

    Happy birthday to your dear Robbie. I am itching to go to the bookshop to check out these books you mentioned. They are all beautiful. I bookmarked this post. Thanks for giving me an idea on what to give my five-year old 🙂 I love your faves!


  23. Nan says:

    You are right about those years. People used to tell me when my kids were little that the years would fly and they did. As for books, I do love the first one. I like those pauses, those commas. And I love the adoption story, since we adopted both our children. I read the second one just last year and really enjoyed it. Actually, if you are interested in more titles, you could go to the sidebar under book reports and click Christmas Books. There are quite a few there, though not all that I have. I think you would love Little Christmas especially very much. Lovely post and photos.


  24. Susanne says:

    Oh I love this post! :v)The Animals Christmas Eve I read every year to my children. Noel the Christmas Ornament was also a favorite. My youngest’s is Peef the Christmas Bear and A Silent Night for Peef. I still borrow those books from the library every year just for her so that she can read them to the dayhome kids.Linked you up!


  25. Tracie says:

    I’ve been enjoying catching up on your lovely blog. I recognized some of your Christmas books; my son has a copy of the Christmas Donkey; I have the Best Christmas Pageant Ever and I just got A Christmas Carol from the library to read again – I love Dickens! Others I haven’t heard of until now. We have quite a few, but honestly my favorite Christmas reading is from the Bible!


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