So today me and the boys are sharing our favourite Christmas stories which we like to read at this time of year. I love reading and it is something I have encouraged from a young age with the boys. They are both now very good readers and enjoy doing so. Every year they get a new Christmas story in their Christmas Eve box to read that night and they will both always get new books for Christmas too.
Here are some of the stories I will be reading to them before bed in the next few days.
The Snowman by Raymond Briggs
This is a traditional Christmas story which I remember being told as a child. I also love the film. I got this when Leo was born for his first Christmas. This one has a CD which tells the story too which the kids love as it’s something different. For those that don’t know the story is about a snowman that comes to life and has a night full of adventures with the little boy who made him.
The Jolly Christmas Postman by Janet & Allan Ahlberg
I absolutely adore the Jolly Postman series and this is no exception. The story follows the postman delivering the mail to lots of famous storybook characters which children will recognise. The added bonus being that the children get to open the envelopes and see what is being delivered. This book was firmly kept on the shelf for many years until I could trust the boys were old enough not to rip it, but they love to read it together and open the envelopes throughout. The Ahlberg’s wrote some of my favourite children’s books and this one is up there with the best in my opinion.
Father Christmas Needs A Wee! and Father Christmas Comes Up Trumps! By Nicholas Allan
Definitely one of the boy’s top choices and they love this one all year round, not just at Christmas! What is it about boys and toilet humour? I really quite enjoy the stories though too, and like the way they rhyme. Funny and entertaining and we can’t not laugh at a good toilet joke in this house!
Sproutzilla Vs Christmas by Tom Jameson and Mike Byrne
Lots of fun and you can’t have Christmas without a sprout! This was last year’s Christmas Eve book and both boys really enjoyed it. We aren’t sprout fans in this house but the story got a big thumbs up!
The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore
Last but not least, a Christmas classic. I absolutely love this and the boys are always enthralled as I read it to them. This version is beautifully illustrated too, which makes it even better. It’s one of those stories like The Gruffalo, which you end up being able to read off by heart and the rhyming pattern makes it even more beautiful sounding. This should be a part of everyone’s Christmas!
So there are our top five (or six) children’s Christmas stories. Please let us know your favourites in the comments below and if you haven’t read any of these yet, be sure to let us know if you enjoy them as much as we do!
Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night… Xxx