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Cuddle Up With Christmas Classics


Christmas Classics to read as a familyTo me, there is nothing cozier than a warm house, Christmas lights, a snuggly family, and a good story.  And Christmas stories are the best, especially the old ones that stick with you forever and ever, amen.

I’m always telling you to read aloud with your family, and Christmas time is the best time.  For most of us, it’s chilly (or even downright cold) in December.  Plus it gets dark super early.  There’s no better way to spend that time than cuddled up on the sofa reading a brilliant book aloud for the whole family to enjoy.

Maybe you just want to pick one to read for yourself or as a supplement to your homeschool.  However you want to read this Christmas, the classics are always the best.    That’s why they’re classics, y’all.

Which Christmas classics should you read?

Snuggling in with a mug of hot chocolate, a candy cane, and some popcorn or brownies and a good story?  That’s how I envision the holidays.  And there are lots of Christmas  stories you can read alone or share with your family to make that warm feeling a part of your celebration.

Christmas Classic Novels


A Christmas Carol By Charles Dickens

The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry

A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote

The Nutcracker and the Mouse King by E.T.A. Hoffman and Alexandre Dumas

The Cricket on the Hearth by Charles Dickens

A Child’s Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas

A Merry Christmas and Other Christmas Stories by Louisa May Alcott

Christmas at Thompson Hall by Anthony Trollope

Old Christmas by Washington Irving

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

A Christmas Story by Jean Shepherd

Children's Christmas Classic picture books

Children’s Books 

The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore

How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss

The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Andersen

The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen

The Nutcracker by E.T.A. Hoffman


How to use Christmas classics in your homeschool

Using Christmas classics to bring the season to your homeschool day is as easy as picking one these stories and reading them together.  You can find plenty of ways to tie in lessons-history, art , values, science, just about anything.

You could study the time period of the story.  You could learn the geography of the setting.  You could act the story out like a play, make a craft that relates to the book, or draw illustrations.  You could learn about the animals mentioned or find a nifty science experiment that relates.  You know me, I’m all about using literature however I can to teach Everything.

Because literature rocks.

If you need help, there is a Story Time for The Night Before Christmas and one for the Grinch, plus a whole slew of activities for Little Women as close as those links.  Because I love ya.

If those books aren’t your cup of hot chocolate, search the web for ideas.  My fellow bloggers are awesome about having activities for you to do.  They’re cool like that.

Check out these other awesome holiday book lists!

Winter + Holiday Chiildren Books Book List Series

Love wins,


Looking for more holiday fun?  Check out:

Story Time: How Santa Got His Job

Story Time: Gingerbread Friends

Story Time: Snowmen at Christmas

Story Time: How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Story Time: ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

Story Time: How Santa Got His Job

2016 Ultimate Children’s Literary Gift Guide

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KT Brison is a former children’s librarian and educator who gave all that up for the most important job in her life—homeschooling her boys.Though she loves the outdoors and rambling around her farm, she can usually be found with her nose in a book. Any book. As long as it has words.
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KT Brison is a former children’s librarian and educator who gave all that up for the most important job in her life—homeschooling her boys. Though she loves the outdoors and rambling around her farm, she can usually be found with her nose in a book. Any book. As long as it has words.
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  1. Pinned! This is awesome!!!! You are rocking that expertise. I’m proud to watch you go with your bad self!
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  2. I love finding “new” Christmas books to read and share with my boys. Such great ones on this list!
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  3. Thank you ! Was looking for inspiration !

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  4. These are so many great books. Love Little Women and A Christmas Story and so many more. Great memories are attached to those books. And they would make great gifts.

  5. KT,
    These are my favorite books. I just pulled out Little Women and Twas the Night before Christmas to read with my girl. She is so excited about Little Women because after we finish reading the book we are going to watch the old movie. Thank you for sharing at Dishing it and Digging It link party.

  6. I always love looking through lists of Christmas books! I found a few here that weren’t on my list already. I’ll be adding those to my library list – thanks!

  7. Oh my, I’m drooling over all of these! So many good books, so little time!!!
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    • Yup, you got right to the heart of me. I want to read all the books. All of them. Not just this list. I need 1 more day a week, and honestly–with all I do–I just don’t think it’s too much to ask. 🙂

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