It’s the final installment of the 5 Days of Advent Traditions for Catholic Families. I’m sharing 25 magical books you’ll want to savor – a great way to disconnect from the hustle and bustle of the secular holiday season.
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My dad loved books – holding them, sharing them, reading them. One Christmas, in homage to his East Texas roots, he picked up a copy of The Cajun Night Before Christmas. Not once did his accurate Cajun twang stumble over the dialect as we were transported to the bayous of southern Louisiana.
Listening to him read aloud was magical, especially during Advent. The stories he chose always directed our hearts toward the birth of Christ, and many of the favorites I share with you today are books my father introduced.
Here are 25 magical titles, one for each day of the month in December.
25 Magical Books to Savor this Advent
Classic works by Tomie dePaola
The Story of the Three Wise KingsCountry Angel ChristmasMerry Christmas, Strega NonaJingle, the Christmas ClownFour Friends at ChristmasThe Friendly Beasts: an Old English Christmas CarolThe Birds of BethlehemJoy to the World: Tomie’s Christmas StoriesThe Legend of the PoinsettiaThe Legend of Old BefanaThe Night of Las PosadasStrega Nona’s GiftAn Early American Christmas
Christmas in the Big Woods (Little House on the Prairie) by Laura Ingalls Wilder
The Little Drummer Boy by Ezra Jack Keats
The Twenty-four Days Before Christmas by Madeleine L’Engle
The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey by Susan Wojciech
The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree: An Appalachian Christmas Story by Gloria Houston
Christmas Tapestry by Patricia Polacco
Animal and Nature Stories
Night Tree by Eve Bunting
The Mitten by Jan Brett
Room for A Little One: A Christmas Tale by Martin Waddell
Who is Coming To Our House by Joseph Slate
A Wish to be a Christmas Tree by Colleen Monroe
Take time from the hustle and bustle of the secular holiday season. Snuggle up with your little ones, crack open a book, and prepare your hearts for the birth of Christ.