Here are a few of my favorite Christmas stories, in case you're looking for something good to read (or re-read)! Happy reading!
1. Skipping Christmas by John Grisham. It's a story about this couple whose only daughter leaves before Christmas. Not feeling joyful or jolly, they decide to skip everything pertaining to Christmas to go on a cruise. Their announcement causes chaos among their friends and neighbors who don't understand. This book is funny, sweet, and reminds you of what is truly important.
2. Shepherds Abiding by Jan Karon. This is part of the Mitford series...so really I hate to recommend this book without recommended the entire series. However, it can be read by itself although you may at times feel like you are missing a past detail or two. The story is about Father Tim and the town of Mitford as they approach Christmas. Lives are changed and the beauty of the season and of Christ's birth story reconnects with many as they go about their daily lives.
3. The Worst Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson. Yes, this is a kid's book however this is the one book I'd recommend reading if you've never read this book before. A funny little story about the Herdmans...the worst kids ever to live...who sign up for the church's Christmas pageant only because they heard that snacks are given to the kids. What follows is much comedy as well as a sweet reminder of the transforming power that comes through the baby Jesus.
4. The Story of the Other Wise Man by Henry Van Dyke. To be honest, I've never read this book although my dad has read this story to us a few times. Immediately after the three wisemen left, a four wiseman realises his error and hurries to catch up, which he never does. The journey that he goes on to find the King of Kings is filled with a few adventures, which ultimately resigns him to thinking that he has nothing to offer the King. Little does he see, until a fateful day, how God has ordained his whole life.
5. The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry. This classic short story speaks of a couple's act of sacrificially giving, out of love for one another. It's a reminder that the whole reason behind Christmas is love...the love of a Father who allowed His Son to come to earth as a babe. I've attached a link to Amazon, like the others, however you can probably find and read this online!
**If I've missed a favorite Christmas story of yours, let me know...I have "extra" time coming up and would love a new book to read!