One of the things that makes Christmas a special season is the traditions that families create. Reading together for Christmas really brings parents and children of all ages together in a way that nothing else does. Let’s look at some classic Christmas tales that you can share with your family this holiday season.
A Visit From St. Nicholas
Everyone knows A Visit from St. Nicholas by Clement Clarke Moore, although most people just call it by the opening line: “‘Twas the night before Christmas.” And all through the house, you’re sure to have a captive audience for this poem that was first written in 1822. Despite its age — maybe because of it — this Christmas tale is captivating from that famous opening line. Interestingly enough, Moore’s poem resonates with modern audiences because it introduces the elements of Santa we’re all familiar with.
A Christmas Carol
Don’t forget to include the classic tale of Ebenezer Scrooge learning his lesson in A Christmas Carol. Even though the book is short, don’t try to read it all in one night. The book is best read over several nights of the holiday season, as then the reader — and the audience — get a sense of the main character’s dread and joy, heartache and hopefulness. If you don’t have time to read the whole thing (some people have things to do this Christmas season), there are versions that will allow you to hit the high points without getting bogged down too far in the details.
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
While Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer seems ubiquitous on streaming services and network TV, it’s a lot of fun to sit down with your family and read this tale about a young reindeer who just doesn’t fit in with the rest of the herd. While the tale of Rudolph’s rise to lead Santa’s sleigh is heartwarming, the story really works as a reminder to children that it’s OK to be different. Rudolph grows up differently than the rest of the reindeer, but still finds hope and love and usefulness. That’s a beautiful thing!
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When you establish the tradition of reading stories together during the holiday season, it’ll become something the whole family looks forward to in years to come.
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