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Best Christmas Classic Books of All Time

December is the month of sweater paws, foggy breaths, and celebrating Christmas with family and friends. Don’t know if you’ve noticed, but people tend to have these traditions that they carry out each year to celebrate this festival. 

Like, for the McCallister family from the famous Home Alone series, the practice was hurriedly competing with time to catch the flight and leaving Kevin somewhere on the way. So if you are someone like Scrooge from the Christmas Carol, you would spend your whole Christmas frowning. 

Similarly, for many of us book lovers, our very own Christmas tradition could be to snuggle up with our all-time favorite Christmas books that we’ve all read growing up next to a lit-up Christmas tree!


1. The Night Before Christmas
by Nikolai Gogol

The Night Before Christmas

The Night Before Christmas is classic animism of the Devil who steals the moon, the witch steals the stars, and the universe conspires against the Vakula, Oksana, and Choub to break off their unity. The Devil and Vakula are competing against each other for the love of Oksana, and against them all, the witch, Solokha, is planning to wed Choub, Oksana’s wealthy father. The town is left to doom on a snowy night, but that is until the moon decides to slip out of Devil’s hands and restore the matter. This classic is a jolly, hilarious Christmasy book that needs to be read aloud to the children! You can find the book here.

2. Hercule Poirot’s Christmas by Agatha Christie

Hercule Poirot’s Christmas

If you like yourself a good murder mystery, Agatha Christie has come to your rescue yet again! Hercule Poirot’s Christmas is the twentieth installment of the sequence where Simone Lee, an old man, has graciously invited all four of his sons over for Christmas. One might think that the grumpy old man is trying to reconcile and mend the broken ties before his years passes by him, but little does anyone know how much blood he has on him! But thank heavens, Hercule Poirot’s here to take care of it! You can find the book here.

3. The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus
by L Frank Baum

Life and Adventures of Santa Claus

L. Frank Baum is famous for the Oz series. Still, in all honesty, this Christmas, The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus will knock your socks off when you read about how Santa found his way to making toys to bring joy to children and prevent them from the horrifying realities of life in general, lying way beyond their fantasy land. When the evil Awgwas plot a plan to steal all Santa’s toys, two willing reindeers are ready to help Santa arrange a night each year before Christmas to bring joy to children when all else are sleeping. It’s a must-read classic for a Christmas celebration! You can find the book here.

4. A Christmas Carol
by Charles Dickens

A Christmas Carol

We’ve all read this one, haven’t we? Nevertheless, rereading old classics is a part of a necessary tradition of Christmas celebrations. Charles Dicken’s timeless tale of Christmas Carol is about an old man, Scrooge, who despises Christmas with a fiery passion. On the eve of the festival, Scrooge is visited by spirits of time who help him realize why he had become the person he is today and how that would impact him in the future. It’s a beautiful story with a valuable lesson of self-realization and gratitude. You can find the book here.

5. The Nutcracker and The Mouse King by E.T.A. Hoffmann

The Nutcracker and The Mouse King

The Nutcracker is an all-time children’s favorite Christmas classic about a young girl who gets whisked into the land of toys where she gets to help a nutcracker fight against the mouse king. After winning against the evil mouse, the Nutcracker takes her to the Kingdom of Dolls. The other story of The Tale of the Nutcracker is an adaptation of Hoffmann’s great work. Caution: If you read this book, you may be tempted to watch the ballet performance of The Nutcracker, which you will surely love. You can find the book here.

6. Christmas Tales
by Enid Blyton

Christmas Tales

Enid Blyton’s works on Christmas work a miracle on children, no matter the generation gap. This collection of Christmas stories is centered chiefly on Christmas magic and gifts that bring people back to the innocence of being a child celebrating Christmas just for the joy it brings people and not the materialistic things that adults mostly care about. You can find the book here.

7. How the Grinch Stole Christmas 
by Dr. Seuss

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Grinch’s story is famous all around the world. He is one of the meanest creatures you would meet on Christmas because he hates Christmas. But, of course, nobody can stop others from celebrating and enjoying a festival, which is why Grinch resorts to disguising himself as the Santa Claus. Dressed as Santa, he plans to visit each house and steal all the presents. Little does Grinch know that he’s in for a lesson to learn. You can find the book here.

8. A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote

A Christmas Memory

A Christmas Memory is autobiographical writing of Capote’s childhood memory of a distant woman called Sook, the only stable person in his life. It is a beautiful tale of friendship and love that brings out the valid message of Christmas. It’s a short story that anyone can enjoy of any age. You can find the book here.

9. The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry

The Gift of the Magi

If you are a fan of short stories, you can’t go wrong with this book. The Gift of the Magi is a great Christmas classic about self-sacrifice and being valuable today. It’s a story of Jim and Della, who are both poor but do as much as they can and sacrifice what all they can gather to prove their love for each other with a smile. You can find the book here.

10. The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey by Susan Wojciechowski

The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey

The Christmas Miracle is a heartfelt story of a woodcarver, Jonathan Toomey, who never smiles because he misses his wife and their child, but it all turns around when a widow and her son visit him at a request. The request soon becomes a Christmas miracle, unraveling with emotional force and a worthy ending that ties it all together. A classic for the right reasons. You can find the book here.

11. The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg

The Polar Express

On Christmas Eve, when everyone is asleep, a young boy boards a mysterious train to the North Pole, accompanying only children as passengers. With hot chocolate between their hands, the children venture out on a journey to meet the father of Christmas, Santa Claus, but it is said that the bells harnessed on Santa’s reindeer can only be heard if you believe in them. This story is bittersweet, offering children a place of solace against the world of adulthood and non-believers. You can find the book here.

12. The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials #1) by Philip Pullman

The Golden Compass

A young girl, Lyra, once finds a strange and secret alethiometer, leading her to certain fantasy lands in the Arctic where polar bears rule and witches go for witch hunts. Not only that, there’s strange experimentation going on with the children and their spirit animals called daemons. If you like fantasy, this is a Christmas classic you wouldn’t want to miss out on. You can find the book here.

13. The Box of Delights
by John Masefield

The Box of Delights

Look no further if you want to read a book about time-traveling and Christmas adventures. This Christmas classic talks about a box of delights that allows the holder to escape into time. Kay Harker, a young boy, has just boarded a train on Christmas to return home when strange things begin to happen, and Kay knows that he must do something before it is too late. You can find the book here.

Conclusion -
Christmas is celebrated by almost everyone worldwide, and we all have our own ways of celebrating. The above-listed classic books that are widely read may help you reminisce your own childhood memories of all the ways you had celebrated Christmas and will surely set you in the right mood to jingle and rock! 

Merry Christmas! 

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