8 Classic Christmas Read Alouds

Guest post by Tonia of The Sunny Patch.

Christmas is a wonderful time to create family memories and new traditions. Many of our favorite family moments involve books. Christmas is no exception!

There are so many fabulous picture books (and chapter books!) about the holiday season that make wonderful family read alouds. A beautiful picture book doesn’t only have to be for the preschoolers and early elementary kids. We still enjoy many books that are filled with wonderful pictures (and stories). Below you’ll find some of the best books to read this Christmas season.

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8 FAVORITE HOLIDAY READ ALOUDS

The books below cover a wide range of ages – from picture books to chapter books you’re sure to find a new favorite!

A Christmas Carol

The quintessential Christmas story – A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. A memorable story of change, forgiveness, and redemption. Don’t avoid this one just because you think it will be too hard for your children to understand. Start with the wonderful Focus on the Family audio dramatization. This story really shouldn’t be missed.

The Polar Express

This is one of those not-to-be-missed more recent classics (if you still consider 1985 to be recent!) written by Chris Van Allsburg, who also wrote Jumanji. Who wouldn’t love to hop on a train and head to the North Pole? This classic tale of Christmas magic is one that even older kids can appreciate.

A Visit from Saint Nicholas

I’m sure many people could quote large portions of this classic poem that begins with the famous line – ‘Twas the night before Christmas… It’s certainly earned it’s place in Christmas lore and legend. One neat fact – it actually predates A Christmas Carol by 20 years.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

My first introduction to this classic Seuss story, like many people, was the 1966 animated version featuring Boris Karloff as the voice of the Grinch. A few years ago we received a beautiful hardcover copy of the book and now enjoy the story every year.

The Gift of the Magi

I just love this story by O. Henry. A young married couple sacrifice their most prized possessions to give the other a special Christmas gift. We love watching the Mickey & Minnie version on Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas.

The Story of Holly & Ivy

Written by Rumer Godden and published in 1958, it’s the story of a young orphan wishing for a home and family. Look for the version illustrated by Barbara Cooney (one of my favorites).

Letters from Father Christmas

This is a new-to-us book this year. We love many of Tolkien’s books so we’re excited to spend some time with him this Christmas season. If you’ve read it let me know your thoughts!

The Bible

Christmas Eve is the perfect time to read the second chapter of Luke. Turn on the Christmas lights, sip some hot cocoa, and remember why we celebrate this blessed season.

Do you have a favorite Christmas read aloud?

Every member of my family has a different Christmas favorite so we end up sharing a few memorable books over the holiday season.

And I’m always on the lookout to add to our collection. I’d love to know what books you read together during the holiday season.

Tell me about your family’s favorite Christmas read aloud!

 

Tonia writes about homeschooling life at The Sunny Patch. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter & Pinterest.

 

 

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Homeschooling with Faith: Reading the Christian Classics

When I began to mature in my Christian walk, I realized that reading the classics of Christian writing was an important part of that process. I read Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan and Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God by Jonathan Edwards because they were familiar titles that I’d heard of many times. From there I discovered A.W. Tozer, John Wesley, D.L. Moody, and Charles Spurgeon.  C.S. Lewis has become one of my favorite writers for all of his theological writing, not just the Narnia series.

 

Homeschooling with Faith: Reading the Christian Classics www.hsbapost.com @hsbapost

 

There are still so many things I want to read to examine my faith, deepen my knowledge, and enrich my spiritual walk with Jesus. The Bible is the first and best resource, of course, but I believe it’s important to read what these great theologians and devoted Christ-followers have said to edify believers.

I also believe it’s important to pass these things on to my children.  I was well into my adult life and married before I began to study these writings.  I hope to start my children with an earlier foundation of apologetics and intelligent discourse of the faith so they are more prepared than I was to wrestle with these issues in their lives and defend their beliefs. {Tweet This}

 

Have you read the Christian classics?  Have you studied them with your children?

 

 

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Sara (41 Posts)

I'm a reader, writer, dreamer, wife, and homeschooling mom of 3 girls. We take a relaxed, eclectic, Charlotte Mason-leaning, Montessori-ish, literature-rich, delight-directed, almost unschooling-at-times approach to learning. Lots of unit studies, field trips, and lapbooks, too. I like to blog about our learning adventures (plus faith and encouragement) at Embracing Destiny.


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3 of My Favorite Homeschool Things

I’m having so much fun reading about other homeschooling mom’s favorite things this month! I love our curricula so I feel no need to change anything (except maybe the reading – the program Lisa is using for her emerging reader looks really neat!), but it is fun to get a little virtual peek into a few homeschool classrooms.

This mom shares her favorite planner, history, and reading programs, including a completely FREE curriculum!

Here are a few of my own favorite homeschool things:

The Well-Planned Day Student Planner

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The Well Planned Day Student Planner is very thorough, compact, and so easy to use. Plus it’s really pretty, which is a huge bonus for my artsy fourth grader! My daughter absolutely loves writing in this planner and she has it double as a regular calendar as well. I will occasionally write her lessons in this planner for her and I have no need for a teacher planner because this one is enough for us.

(On a side note, even though I’m not using a teacher planner this year, I do use The Well Planned Day’s new blog planner and I absolutely love it! Planners are 15% off through Sept. 30.)

The Mystery of History

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I cannot recommend The Mystery of History highly enough. My kids LOVE this history program and they LOVE the audio lessons that are read by the author, Linda Hobar. This is a four-year chronological history program that starts at creation and goes to present day.

I love how Mrs. Hobar connects Biblical History with World History, especially in Volume I – (something that I didn’t even know was possible until I began homeschooling)! For example, did you know the first Olympic games happened just 16 years before Jonah was swallowed by the big fish? I learned that just from reading the table of contents from Volume I!

Depending on our schedules, some years we do several of the suggested activities and other years we just listen to the audio lessons and move on.

All in One Homeschool

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The All in One website is such a blessing to my family! We don’t use it for every subject (although we could!) but I do use it with my kindergartener to help her work on her reading skills, and we’ve recently started using it for music class as well (I plan to start All in One gym soon too!).

The site doesn’t have a lot of bells and whistles but once we got the hang of it, we found that it’s really easy to use. It’s also very well thought-out and thorough, and the price (FREE) can’t be beat!

Well, those are three of my favorite homeschool things – what are some of your favorite homeschool things?

Davonne (11 Posts)

Davonne Parks is a married Christian homeschool mom who began teaching her children at home in 2009. She blogs about cultivating a heart for motherhood, as well as organization and simplicity, at DavonneParks.com. Davonne believes that some of life’s richest moments happen when we embrace the beauty of imperfection as we extend grace to ourselves and others. She’s written two eBooks, “101 Time-Saving Tips for Busy Moms” (free to her blog subscribers) and “28 Days to Timeliness: Tips and Confessions from a Semi-Reformed Late Person.”


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