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The Top 8 Timeless Christmas Stories for Kids

As a child, one of my favorite things to do at Christmas was reading timeless Christmas stories with my parents.  Whether or not it’s a favorite classic or a modern day favorite, we tend to go back to these books every year making them a part of our family Christmas traditions.

These Christmas books have continued to be popular as we have gotten older and are still loved today just as much as they were when they were first published.  Several of these stories are my daughters favorite just as they were mine when I was a child.

Pour the cocoa, get the marshmallows, and get comfy, it’s time to make memories with these stories that capture the many wonders, and miracles of Christmas!

Frosty The Snowman, by Diane Muldrow

An abandoned magic top hat brings a snowman to life that a group of children made.  Everything was going great until a magician, Professor Hinkle decides he wants his hat back that he threw away.  The temperature starts to rise, and Frosty will start melting and no longer be a jolly soul if the kids cannot get him away from Hinkle and warm weather.

How The Grinch Stole Christmas, by Dr. Seuss

Who can forget the grumpy old Grinch? One whose heart is two sizes too small hates Who-ville’s holiday celebrations and plans to steal all the presents to prevent Christmas from coming. To his amazement, Christmas comes anyway, and the Grinch discovers the true meaning of the holiday


The Christmas Story, by Jane Werner Watson

Next we have the beloved simple but poetic story that gently invites children to hear the story of Jesus’ birth in a stable in Bethlehem.

Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer, by Rick Bunsen
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Rudolp, who can forget poor Rudolph! All the other Reindeer make fun of him and won’t let him play in their reindeer games just because he’s different.  A big snowstorm appears and threatens to cancel Christmas, but Rudolph comes to the rescue using his shiny red nose to help Santa guide the sleigh, and saves Christmas after all.

The Polar Express, by Chris Van Allsburg
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The Polar Express was and still is my favorite.  This magical journey to the North Pole is one every child should experience.A young boy, lying awake on Christmas Eve, is welcomed aboard a magical trip to the North Pole.  Through dark forests, over tall mountains, and across a desert of ice, the Polar Express makes its way to the city atop the world, where the boy will make his Christmas wish. 

Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree, by Robert Barry

It’s Christmas time and  Mr. Willowby tree has arrived, but there is a problem. The tree is way too tall to fit in his parlor. Mr. Willoby has no choice but to trim the top off so it will fit, but little does he know that the top of that tree will travel clear across the countryside, bringing holiday cheer to the homes of bears, rabbits, mice, and more!

A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens

Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by the ghost of Christmas past, present, and future, he is ultimately transformed from an arrogant, obstinate, and insensitive miser to a generous, warmhearted, and caring human being.

‘Twas The Night Before Christmas, by Clement Clarke Moore

Last but not least, everyone remembers the famous poem “Twas the Night Before Christmas, when all through the house…originally wrote in 1822 under the Title of “A Visit from Saint Nicolas” for his children, this poem later became known as The Night Before Christmas. This Story remains a holiday classic till to this day.

DID YOU KNOW? This poem was the creation of the Santa Claus myth as it is still known today in the United States and most of the English Speaking World.

I hope these books bring back great Christmas memories to you as they do my family.  We must keep sharing our timeless Christmas story favorites so they can impact the generations to come as they did ours.

What are your favorite Christmas Story’s?  Please share to give everyone a wider range of everlasting classics!  Until next time be jolly, and not the Grinch.  Happy Holidays from our family to yours!

The 411 Addict