November 14, 2011

Holiday Book Traditions

Since my very first Christmas Eve, my Dad read The Night Before Christmas to me before tucking me in to bed. When my brother arrived a few years later, he was in on story time, too. My Dad continued reading the same book to us every Christmas Eve, through our teens, and up through my last Christmas living at home with my parents. Even as we grew older, it never seemed silly to us as we curled up with him on the couch. Over the years, he started to add his own comments as the story was read, which would always make my brother and I laugh or roll our eyes at his humor. That tradition is something that I will keep with my forever, and I'm sure my brother feels the same way. Hopefully, my husband and I will be able to carry on the tradition in the future.

So, does your family have a favorite holiday story? What books do you read, or what stories do you know by heart? With so many wonderful holiday-related children's books, there is bound to be a story that will touch your heart. Here are a few great selections if you're looking to add a story to your list of holiday traditions:

The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore
The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
How The Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss
Olive the Other Reindeer byVivian Walsh

Let us know what your favorite is!