Christmas is just a day away, and if you’re looking for a fun last minute gift, how about a classic Christmas story? There are so many wonderful books that bring back such feelings of nostalgia for Christmases gone by, and among our favorites are How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss, Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg and Little Women by Louisa May Alcott.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas is a perennial favorite for both the book and the television special. As with all Dr. Seuss books, the rhymes make it a fun read aloud book. The Grinch is so evil and conniving in the beginning. Making his little dog wear that big antler and haul the sled, stealing all of the Who’s presents and food. But whose eyes don’t get a little misty when the Grinch’s small heart grows three sizes the day he discovers the true meaning of Christmas? This was a favorite of ours as children, and May enjoyed reading this one to her boys during the holidays.
Polar Express This is a sweet and magical story about a little boy who takes a journey to the North Pole on a train called The Polar Express. He, along with other children all in their pajamas, visit Santa and his elves as Santa prepares to deliver presents on Christmas Eve. The book has wonderful illustrations and will appeal to readers both young and old. “Though I’ve grown old, the bell still rings for me, as it does for all who truly believe.”
Little Women is a book that all little girls should read and this is a beautiful edition. The book tells the story of the March sisters, Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy, whose father is away serving as a chaplain in the Civil War. The sisters have many sacrifices to make because of the war but find ways to entertain themselves through performing plays written by Jo, celebrating Christmas, doing charitable works and getting to know their neighbor Laurie. The book is a true tearjerker.
This book holds a special place in our hearts. In fact, June was named after the character Beth. May still keeps her original book she received as a young girl on her shelf.
We hope you have a joyous and Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We will see you in 2017! ~May and June
Seeing is believing, but sometimes the most real things in the world are the things we can’t see. The Polar Express