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So you know all about our favorite Jesus-centered Christmas books. We are faithfully unwrapping one a night. The kids LOVE this tradition, and it’s so neat to have an actual tradition for our little family.
Although I try to stay away from books featuring greedy kids and “you better watch out, you better not cry” mentalities, we do read some books that mention Santa and aren’t really Jesus-focused.
Here are some of our favorites that fall in that category.
Bear Stays Up for Christmas by Karma Wilson – We just love Bear and his friends in the woods. We just came off a season where the kids were fairly obsessed with Bear Snores On, so this is a good transition book.
Snowmen at Christmas by Carolyn Buehner – I love the creative and fun snowmen in these books. Snowman Santa appears, and they also sing about “the birth of a King.”
The Jolly Christmas Postman by Janet and Allan Ahlberg – This is possibly the most fun book ever. In each envelope, there is something interesting – a card, a note, a puzzle, a game, a flip book. The premise is nursery rhyme characters sending each other stuff for Christmas through the postman. I’ll admit that I got this when my kids were WAY too young, and they’ve destroyed most of the add-ons. We may have to buy a new copy in a year or two.
It’s Christmas, David! by David Shannon – If you have a child named David, he will either love or be traumatized by the mischievous David in Shannon’s books. My other kids think it is HILARIOUS that David gets in so much trouble. (Fictional David, that is.) Poor David just can’t seem to make it through the holidays without finding new rules and wondering if he’ll get a lump of coal.
Little Porcupine’s Christmas by Joseph Slate – There’s no Santa in this one, but it’s not really Jesus-focused either. Little Porcupine desperately wants to be in the Nativity play, but the other animals don’t think he belongs.
Christmas Cookies: Bite-Size Holiday Lessons by Amy Krouse Rosenthal – The author helps define big words and concepts as they relate to cookies around the holidays (like, “Disappointed means, I tried to make it look like a star, but it didn’t turn out at all the way I expected”). A sweet way (ha!) to talk about new vocabulary.
Do you have any favorite Christmas books lately?