We thought it would be fun to talk about some of our Christmas traditions, so I thought I’d do a post about some of the Christmas literature I like to read.
As I mentioned in an earlier post, I recently discovered I really like Charles Dickens’ Christmas Carol. I probably shouldn’t read it every year- this is probably the fourth time I’ve read it- but I’m enjoying it so much I’ll probably read it next year.
And then there’s George MacDonald. He’s one of my favorite authors, and he wrote several Christmas stories that are very good. We have most of his Christmas stories in The Gifts of the Child Christ. This year I’ll be reading A Scot’s Christmas story about a lost lamb. Technically there’s a ghost story that ends at Christmastime, but I tend to read that for Halloween.
I always save Port in the Storm for last. I’m not sure why, because it doesn’t seem very Christmas-y. But it’s a lot of fun – all about being snowed in with a house party that has to have some good port, and there’s no port available…
We had a set of Christmas stories read aloud, with some stories that are very memorable, including one about the son of a farmer who gets up early to do his father’s chores for Christmas. Among those stories was the wonderful Tailor of Gloucester by Beatrix Potter. This story is absolutely wonderful and I recommend it to everyone! It’s all about a poor old tailor who’s commissioned to make a suit for the mayor’s wedding on Christmas day. Then he comes down with a hideously bad cold, and the suit is all cut out at his shop, waiting to be sewn, but there’s no one to sew it up except the little brown mice (yes, I have read it about twenty times)
I don’t know how it came about, but we occasionally got the One Hundred and One Dalmatians to read at Christmastime from the library. I decided we needed to actually own the book, so I got it for Hannah for St. Nicholas day. It’s a fun book, with some wonderful humor. What I really like about it – overall, not specifically- is that, though the dogs are probably smarter than in real life, somehow I can imagine them being as smart as they are in the book.
And then there’s the Church Mice Christmas book. This book is- well, wonderful.
We used to get these consistently from the library, then apparently they went away and apparently we had no access to them- even online. I didn’t know this and, last year, in a desperate attempt to get something for my brother, I found the Christmas church mice book online. Oddly enough, it was one of the most successful gifts, and I doubt I will be able to top it.
It’s all about trying to get enough things for a good Christmas party. Sounds familiar, except when your main characters are mice.
Well, I think that’s about it. I ought to add that if you want to read the birth of Jesus, the first couple chapters of Luke are the best. You get a lot of interesting detail and it’s written beautifully.
I’d love to hear what everyone reads for Christmas- or some other holiday! I am always interested in expanding my classics.