Right from picking favorite stockings for the wishes to singing carols together, Christmas indeed remains the most wonderful time of the year. Be it preparing the gingerbread house or decorating the much loved Christmas tree, the joy of the festival is of no comparison. Amidst plenty of such good things, having the best bunch of Christmas books by your side is all you can ask for. That’s why to redefine the level of happiness through precious books on the brightest festival, here is the list of best Christmas books that you genuinely can’t miss.
Without any delay, make up your heart, and let’s leave to an incredible journey of choosing remarkable books for making your Christmas far more memorable.
1. The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
The excitement of Christmas among the kids stays at the next level, and the renowned author Chris Van has commendably illustrated and authored The Polar Express just for kids. The book’s plot starts when a young boy gathers the opportunity to take a train to the North Pole, where he finds his first Christmas Gift from Santa on Christmas eve. But later on, he loses the sleigh ball due to a massive hole in his bathrobe’s pocket.
Well, what happens next is totally the Christmas magic. Hence, if you are the one who believes in the charismatic charm of God and Christmas, then this book would surely be the unmatchable pick for you. Not just that, but you can choose to gift it to your little love too.
2. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson
If you are the one who thinks that kids and innocence are synonyms then, this Best Christmas Pageant Ever will leave you in deep doubt. Yes, beginning with little shanghais, namely Ralph, Gladys, Claude, Ollie, Imogene, and Leroy, this book is about their unavoidable infractions, which even goes to the extent of blackmailing. But, the tale takes a turn when these little dons highlight a bleak motive to grab the annual Christmas Pageant.
Afterward, the much-awaited Christmas wonder takes place, and it all booms. All in all, Barbara knows how to engage the mini-sized minds with the best of Christmas stories, and the Best Christmas Pageant undoubtedly justifies the expectations.
3. Letters From Father Christmas by J.R.R. Tolkien
Arriving straight from the magic hands behind Lord of Rings, Letters from Father Christmas feels more like an emotion instead of just being a book. This literary classic is a heavenly collection of the notes that “Father Christmas” sent to his kids for the sake of Christmas.
You can feed your soul with a potent dose of creativity while reading this epic publication. Not just that, but Letters From Father will not let you keep the book aside even for a second. Moreover, the heart-touching piousness of a Father-kid bond will make you stunned at the end.
4. The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams
It’s really tough not to say but if you missed reading this book in your childhood then you lost a little treasure trove. Yes, Mr. Velveteen (a rabbit) is the most fantastic thing that can ever happen with a reader on the fictional front. In fact, it’s hard to find a Christmas book lover who missed reading this gem so far.
However, the climax of The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams tends to be unbelievable when the secret reveals that Velveteen is actually a Christmas present for a young boy. In case you haven’t come across the mentioned treasure so far, simply leave the world behind and get your hands on the book now.
5. A Charlie Brown Christmas by Charles M. Schulz
At times you might have wondered what the main reason behind celebrating Christmas is? Not that, but many anxious questions relate to this mega-fest. Well, the good news is Charlie Brown (the book’s main character) also carries the same queries in mind, and that’s how his journey of the Christmas insight exploration begins.
So, if the plot of Charles’s A Charlie Brown Christmas excites you enough, then it’s your take to have a memorable read now. Surely, the back story behind the magic of Christmas will bind you with the amazement of this book. Also, you will hold on to an optimistic vibe all through while reading the enlisted book.
6. A Letter from Santa Claus by Mark Twain
This is one of the ultimate Christmas books, which is based on a letter that arrives on Christmas morning to Susy Clemens by Santa Claus. In the letter, Santa writes an apology for not bringing all of the requested gifts. Santa Claus apologizes to Susy Clemens for not having been able to bring her all of the presents that she asked for.
However, later Santa agrees to have a deal with her while visiting her home but on a strict condition that no one will see Santa. The letter clearly demonstrates the valuable bond between a father and daughter. For everyone who is sufficiently fascinated with the possible presence of Santa Claus truly needs to read this book.
7. Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Following the legacy of old is gold, it is impossible to complete the list of classic Christmas stories without mentioning about Christmas Carol. Phenomenally written by Charles Dickens, this book portrays the story of a wicked older man named Ebenezer Scrooge.
The tale covers an exciting ride for the reader when three ghosts take him on a voyage to teach him the much-needed lessons about Christmas past, future, and present. Basically, A Christmas Carol empowers the foundation of good over bad.
8. The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Anderson
To reconcile the in-depth empathy, faith, and affection that Christmas brings, The Little Match Girl is nothing less than a book-form of treasure. The story is woven around the life of a little girl who sells matches on New Year’s Eve. It’s been more than 200 years since this book was published, and even today, it holds a different fan base.
There is no sign of even the slightest doubt that Hans Christian has taken the expectations with a noble Christmas oriented on a next level. Precisely, you should not just skip the chance of reading The Little Match Girl at least once in your lifetime.
9. The Snowman by Raymond Briggs
Imagine what if all of the snowmen you have formed so far instantly get life in real? No, it’s not at all a joke in fact, precisely what happens with a young boy in The Snowman. So, once upon a typical snowy day, that young boy creates a snowman and suddenly, in the middle of his sleep, the Snowman wakes up and gets that kid on a beautiful adventure.
Simply, you will not be able to find any better Christmas gift than The Snowman for your young heart. Not just that, if you are craving to attend a flashback of your good childhood days then The Snowman is totally worth your time.
10. The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
Drawing the notion of Christmas in the absence of a spectacular snowfall feels a lot painful. But, wait now you need not wait for the snow to come straight from heaven because Jack Keats knows how to make it happen fictionally for you.
Yes, you are throwing a right guess, The Snowy Day is a tale of the first snowfall of the season. The book binds you with a young boy’s simple yet unfiltered happiness that relates directly to the season’s first snowfall. Cheer up and set your mind wholly ready for the Christmas mood because The Snowy Day is here at your choice.
11. Bear Stays Up for Christmas by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman
Someone truly confronted that there is a hidden child in all of us. Guess what? That hidden child within you is definitely going to love Bear Stays up for Christmas. Beautifully co-authored by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman, this book is an absolute milestone in the name of the best Christmas book.
Sharing the story of a Bear who literally stays until Christmas even after bearing all the mischievous of his not-so-good friend is sufficient to make your heart extremely full with good vibes. Apart from picking this book as the go-to bed bet for your kid, you can rely upon it for cross-checking some of the great picture arts too.
12. A Christmas Story by Jean Shepherd
It’s almost impossible to find a person who has never watched Yuletide movie with family, especially on Christmas evening. Wait a while; don’t say that you missed reading a classic behind it. Yes, for all the obvious reasons, ‘A Christmas Story’ is a must for every Christmas book lover. Presenting the collection of several autobiographically-tied short stories, the mentioned book will never end up in any kind of a disappointment for a bibliophile who lives upon the generous connection with Christmas.
13. One Day in December by Josie Silver
Besides the wave of joy, Christmas turns the environment loaded with endless romance. So, if you also love to sing the love-bells during the wonderful time of the year, then One Day in December is only for you.
The book swings in a love-lullaby when Laurie catches the heart of a random man while crossing the street. The after-created love-tale revolves around a Christmas party and what comes next is a secret until you read it on your own.
14. Attack of the Deranged Mutant Killer Monster Snow Goons: A Calvin and Hobbes Collection by Bill Watterson
Attention every Calvin and Hobbes admirer out there, this book is one of the top Christmas books that is nothing less than a hidden sapphire. Adorned with an amazing stories collection the mentioned book generates the ever-lasting love for the 25th December.
Right from adults to kids, Attack of the Deranged Mutant Killer Monster Snow Goons creates the immortal kind of fascination. So, if you are unable to decide which book remarks the best Christmas feel then this published miracle is your forever answer.
15. Christmas Day in the Morning by Pearl S. Buck and Mark Buehner
Landing straight from the collection of truly renowned authors of the world, Christmas Day in the Morning is all set to cherish every Christmas that you have collected so far. Not just that but this book is also one of the best-selling works of both writing wizards.
The book’s plot is quite emotional as it is based on a young boy who has no money to buy a Christmas gift for his father. But the unexpected turn marks the story ahead and what the twist is on you to explore. In other words, you can even bet on this book that no one will regret the time labeled for Christmas Day in the Morning.
16. Merry Christmas, Strega Nona by Tomie dePaola
Who doesn’t love eating Pasta? But definitely not on the cost of making your town entirely flooded with it. Sounds funny, right? Well, Tomie ensured not to portray it as a funny picture at all. Yes, the story of Merry Christmas is just one fraction of the Strega Nona series, and if you have never come across one, you are missing a lot in your life.
Strega Nona (an Italian witch doctor) who helps her villagers to tackle numerous health problems, one day decides to hire an assistant and warns him not to touch the magic pasta pot. Still, Big Anthony avoids all her words and does the exact opposite. As the whole village gets flooded with pasta. What follows that similar event is totally on the reader to find out.
17. The Tailor of Gloucester by Beatrix Potter
Up next, in the list of the best Christmas novels, The Tailor of Gloucester is here. Whoever is willing to experience the untold captivation of the big day genuinely needs to read this book.
Based on a hard-working Tailor of Gloucester who falls ill before finishing the mayor’s waistcoat, this creation will make you go aww. Filled with plenty of generosity, Beatrix Potter’s The Tailor of Gloucester could be your next forever favorite Christmas read.
18. A Boy Called Christmas by Matt Haig and Chris Mould
Nikolas, son of a widowed father, was just a usual kid before becoming Father Christmas. Everything was going well with his loving father and doll turnip (the only toy he ever had) until one day when Nikolas comes to know that his father goes missing just for the sake of finding fabled elves.
Not just that, but the presence of a cruel Aunt, Carlotta, just makes life even worse. After that, what saves the side of Nikolas is the thing to discover. Precisely, at the end of this book by Matt and Chris, you will surely fall in love even more with the festival goodness of Christmas.
19. The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus by L. Frank Baum
To expand your obsession with the cutest Santa a bit more, Frank Baun’s The Life and Adventures is simply the best Santa’s tale that you can ever put your eyes on. Loaded with the worldly pleasure of Santa’s existence and his God-sent pleasure of delivering gifts all over will bind you with an upright vibe.
In fact, it’s the shortest essay based on Christmas that you can even finish merely in a day. Not only adults, but this book attracts kids for all the straight reasons. All in all, this book needs to be on your checklist of favourite Christmas books to cherish for life.
20. The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry and P. J. Lynch
Oh, you must be wondering where is The Gift of the Magi is on the list so far. Yes, level with all of the tiny emotions associated with the Big day, this book is the forever pick for Christmas book admirers.
The couple named Della and James remain low at wealth but rich at love, and finally, a few days before Christmas, they decide to sell their most loved possessions to buy gifts for each other. But ultimately, the day lands with a mega surprise that leaves a constant smile on the face of the reader.
21. The Christmas Shoes by Donna VanLiere
Beautifully crafted with the ups and downs of life, The Christmas Shoes bring along that purest Christmas feel. The story starts with Robert, a workaholic lawyer, and Nathan, a young boy who ensures to take the fullest care of her cancer victim mom.
Just on Christmas week, the two of them meet at a shop where Nathan desires to buy a pretty pair of shoes for his mom as the last Christmas gift. But the pain hit when Nathan could not afford the gift. Now, the good part comes in, when Robert can surely buy the pair for the boy but does the same happen? Find it out on your own and choose The Christmas Shoes by Donna VanLiere as your preferred Christmas read this time.
22. The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey by Susan Wojciechowski and P. J. Lynch
The last but one of the most talked-about Christmas books is here. Nothing is more painful than losing a wife and a son. Yes, that’s the same reason behind Jonathan’s grief, who serves as the best woodcarver in a village. But sadly, all kids call him Mr. Gloomy by unknowing the fact behind his sadness.
Well, the story takes an endearing turn when one day, a widow and her little boy visit him with a special fess offer to fix a nativity set. What happens with these two families in the latter part of the tale will fix even the deepest of the heart-wounds.
So, here you found the best Christmas books to experience that heavenly journey of X-mas. Make sure to enlist your favorite picks from the list that have classic Christmas stories and turn your whole year a bit extra special until the next Christmas arrives.
Frequently Asked Questions
The most famous Christmas books of all time are:
● Father Christmas by Raymond Briggs
● Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
● Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris
● Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
● A Child’s Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas
The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg is the #1 Christmas book.
The top 5 Christmas books are:
● The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper
● The Snowman by Raymond Briggs
● Mog’s Christmas by Judith Kerr
● Letters from Father Christmas by JRR Tolkien
● The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams
The Christmas Bookshop by Jamy Colgan is the most famous Christmas book of 2021.
Charles Dickens is the author of the famous Christmas book.