Cozy up to a good book and Create Festive Family time.
We are all so used to plopping down in front of the television for the evening and calling it ‘Family Time’. Usually, everyone is still on their phones while ‘watching’ a movie. Hardly a time to #LiveLaughLove together, right?!. So this holiday season, mix it up one evening and read a cherished holiday book together. This can be a magical and amusing way to connect with your loved ones.
The book can be one that a parent may have read as a child or a new one that everyone wants to read together for the first time. Maybe you want to have one person read the entire book, but it could be fun to take turns to keep everyone engaged. Also, consider a book of poems or short stories where each person chooses one to read and passes it around. If you are with your family for a few days, try reading a story each night.
Make this reading evening a tradition. No phones allowed! Find an easy snack for everyone to (quietly) enjoy, and even create a cocktail (and mocktail for the wee ones), then snuggle in and let the reading begin.
Here are seven books that bring us joy and laughter during the Christmas season:
The Polar Express -
Chris Van Allsburg. Written in 1985 and turned into a blockbuster movie in 2004, the magical story of a boy and his epic train ride to the North Pole is a great choice for multiple generations to enjoy.
Victorian Christmas Ghost Stories -
Various Authors. If your teens may eye roll at some Christmas stories, this book will surely entice them to put down their phones and let their imagination run wild! Ghost stories were often printed in English newspapers in the Victorian era to be read by the fire. 13 (!) stories have been compiled here to spook and amsue this holiday season.
‘Twas the Night Before Christmas -
Clement Clarke Moore. Young and old will enjoy this classic story, that of course, must be read on Christmas Eve! We love this beautifully modern illustration of the famous poem "A Visit from St. Nicholas."
A Christmas Tree -
Charles Dickens. This endearing story told from the Christmas tree’s point of view is Dickens’ lesser known Christmas story, but equally as lovable.
The Little Match Girl -
Hans Christen Anderson. Beautifully illustrated by award-winning artist Jerry Pinkney, the modern images meld beautifully with this classic fairy tale.
A Treasury of African American Christmas Stories -
Bettye Collier-Thomas. Compiled from the writings of a variety of African American authors in the 19th and early 20th century, this book of mosty short stories offers a fresh perspective on the holiday season for any family.
A Literary Christmas -
The British Library. This wonderful collection of poems and prose from England’s greatest authors from Oscar Wilde to George Eliot. This is a great book to explore and enjoy for seasons to come.