• Karissa Chmil

5 Books to Read at Christmastime

Ah, Christmas. A time full of hot chocolate, twinkling lights, and peace on Earth, goodwill towards men.


And Christmas breaks are a wonderful time to read, too. Naturally.


Today I’ve gathered my top picks to read during the Christmas season. I hope you enjoy them!


Two From Galilee: The Love Story of Mary and Joseph

I read this book for the first time a few years ago and fell in love with it right away. I’ve read it every Advent since, though it never takes me very long to get through.


Though I wouldn’t recommend it for younger readers, this book is a gem, and it makes the familiar Christmas story so much deeper and makes me think about it in so many different ways than I would have beforehand.


The Man Born to Be King

More specifically, the first of these twelve radio broadcasts, written by Dorothy L. Sayers.


While the following eleven focus on the later life of Jesus, of his ministry, death, and resurrection, the first features his birth, and is a perfect delight to read. The author was one of the few female Inklings of her day, and, though The Man Born to Be King is not along her lines of usual writing, she did it wonderfully.


The Christmas Carol

No Christmas book list is complete without this classic, right?


Although nostalgia has a few points with me and Dickens tends to favor more words over fewer words, The Christmas Carol is a lovely book to read at this time of the year, and I would highly recommend (re-) reading it this holiday season.


The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

I know, I know. It’s not technically a Christmas book—but close enough.


The wintery feel of this book just fits perfectly with curling up on a couch with a mug of cocoa at your side, and despite of—or maybe because of—“always winter and never Christmas”, this is a wonderful book to read at this time of year.


Little Women

Especially as far as the first half goes, this book that opens at Christmastime and follows the flawed yet beautiful March family is a great holiday season read.


Even though a good portion of the book takes place at other times than Christmas, the themes of love and sacrifice and expectancy fit perfectly with the most wonderful Christmas story of all, and Little Women is lovely to read at this time of year.


Luke

Particularly chapter two. Like I hinted at above, all of these stories won’t come close to the real Christmas story—the most beautiful story ever told. A story that reflects the brokenness of this world yet rings of truth and beauty and the greatest love possible.


And, what’s more, my friends? This story is true.


 

What are some of your favorite Christmas books? I’m always looking for more books to read, and I’d love to hear your recommendations!


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