Some classics are obviously Christmas themed, while others on this list merely bear a passing reference to them, but all these books are imbued with the ‘spirit of Christmas present’ deep in their pages and, like Scrooge, live that spirit all year round!
1. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
In an unending winter, Father Christmas brings hope where there is none; and yet, in the true christian spirit, he can only come to the world after Christ (or Aslan) has already arrived, and can only be an ambassador of that hope – not, as many modern films and books might have us believe, it’s cause! If you haven’t read this magical tale by C.S. Lewis, you’re definitely missing out. (And bonus: you will never look at wardrobes or lamp-posts the same again!
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2. The Gift of the Magi
I feel a little guilty advocating this short and sweet and utterly adorable tale since I have never actually read it. *blush* I saw the film A Gift of Love, the Mickey Mouse re-enactment, and probably some other pop-culture references as well, so I am very familiar with the basic tale, as I think most of us probably are. It’s a treat I can’t wait to indulge it! I also absolutely adore the illustrations for the book by Lisbeth Zwerger! It’s definitely on my to-read list this Christmas, and I hope you’ll join me.
Who knew one of Jane Auten’s novels could count as a holiday-themed tale? But some of the most climactic moments, in the very middle of the book, take place during the Christmas and New Year’s parties, so I think it counts. Also, the lesson Emma learns at the end of the story is certainly an important one for the overall spirit of Christmas! Basically, I’ll take any excuse to read Austen.
4. A Christmas Carol
The best for last of course. What would Christmas be without Dicken’s shortest novel? The three spirits are iconic, the miserliness of Scrooge is unparalleled, and the generosity of Fred reminds us to remember even the most unpleasant members of our family at this forgiving, blessed season. Give it a read before you’re ‘dead as a door nail’ – I don’t think anyone’s ever regretted it yet! (Bonus: Zwerger illustrated this one too!)
“There are many things from which I might have derived good, by which I have not profited, I dare say,” returned the nephew; “Christmas among the rest. But I am sure I have always thought of Christmas-time, when it has come round—apart from the veneration due to its sacred name and origin, if anything belonging to it can be apart from that—as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant time; the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of people below them as if they really were fellow-passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys. And therefore, uncle, though it has never put a scrap of gold or silver in my pocket, I believe that it has done me good, and will do me good; and I say, God bless it!”Fred, A Christmas Carol