The Twelve Books of Christmas

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone!

I can’t believe Christmas Eve is tomorrow. So Merry Christmas Eve Eve to you all as well!

Since I’m sure you’re all as busy as I am with last minute panicdetails, I’ll keep this brief. I love Christmas, I love the holidays, and I love reading books around the holidays. And since I’m feeling sentimental this time of year, I wanted to put together a list of my favourite Christmas books that I’ve come to enjoy over the years, as well as a few I hope to enjoy for the first time this year.

I hope this can remind you of some happy Christmas memories, and make your holiday a little bit brighter.

Let’s get started!

Christmas Classics

Although I admit I usually just watch the film version of A Christmas Carol (my favourite is The Muppets) I still have copies of How the Grinch Stole Christmas and T’was the Night Before Christmas sitting on my bookshelves with other childhood favourites. Let’s face it, it just isn’t Christmas until the classics come out.

Old Holiday Favourites

These may not be everyone’s favourite Christmas stories, but they definitely have a special place in my holiday season. The Tailor of Gloucester in particular is a story I love, but I’ve yet to meet another person who remembers it off the top of their head. It probably helps that I first heard of it from a TV special, and the people in mice costumes were… very memorable visuals to say the least. Thanks, horrifying 1980s costumes: you’ve somehow become a cherished holiday memory.

Some Winter Magic

It wouldn’t be a dragon blog without mentioning at least a few fantasy books. There isn’t a lot of choice when it comes to Christmas themed fantasy novels, but I’m grateful every year that I have at least a few options. Hogfather is always my number one choice for a cozy read by the fire, and The Polar Express (while not strictly novel-length) is probably my favourite Christmas story to come out since the 90s. For a little more magic, you can’t go wrong with these.

Old Friends and New

The classics are always great, but this year I want to include some new holiday themed stories in my Christmas. In a Holidaze sounds like so much fun, and I cannot resist a story involving a bookstore. Most of all, I’m excited to dive into The Nutcracker and explore the original story that inspired the ballet.

Thank you for reading everyone. I hope you’re safe and well this season, and that you’re able to spend the holidays with people you love.

If you remember any of these books, or if you’re checking them out for the first time, let me know in the comments.

Merry Christmas!

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