So many of us have fond memories of Christmas books read by our parents and siblings while we stared at the lights of the tree, mesmerized by the sound of their voices, the tales that they told, and the spirit in the room. For me – it was Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. My father would pass the book around and each one of us would take turns. I always hoped to have the story reach me just before Scrooge woke up on Christmas morning.
If you’re looking to start a Christmastime reading tradition in your family, A Christmas Carol is always good. So is Polar Express. While the movie feels creepy and left many people missing the spirit, the book by Chris Van Allsburg is wonderful. The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore and Christian Burmingham is another favorite of many families.
And then there’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss. And the touching local favorite, The Christmas Box by Richard Paul Evans.
Perhaps your family would want to try a new Christmas book each year and listen to the new and unfamiliar story unfolding, or maybe you’re more like my family and want to read the same worn and beloved passages every Christmas Eve. Either way – make reading part of your holiday tradition. Happy holidays to all you fellow book lovers. For the Book Beat on KSL Newsradio 1160, I’m Amanda Dickson.