My Top 5 Favorite Christmas Books

Guess what’s cool? Well, lots of things actually– ice cubes against your teeth, snowballs down your collar, and a metal spoon that was somehow put in the freezer with the ice cream. But mostly, CHRISTMAS is cool!


Visit Rebekah’s blog for her Contemporary book recommendations and links to all the other blogs. Also, don’t forget the giveaway!

Rebekah and Kate gave us the option to replace one genre during this Five Fall Favorites party. While most of the other people will be posting about books published recently and set in a contemporary time period, I chose to share my 5 Favorite Christmas BOOKS!!

But before we get on to those, there’s something exciting…

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Yup, you guessed it!

Today I get to be the blog offering a free book! Cool, right?!!

I reeeaaaally need to read this story!!! ❤ Here’s why–

Harvey wasn’t interested in books and didn’t read anymore, so inheriting a library from his great uncle was definitely not a dream come true. His only desire was to get rid of it quickly–until a rainy afternoon exploring his uncle’s apartment made him reconsider.

Thanks to Rebekah Morris, you can click the “Books” image to collect your free short story Give Attendance! Merry Christmas! *cheesy grin*

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Top 5 Christmas Books


1. age recommendation: 10+ because of content cautions here

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The Father Christmas Confessions, by Emily Ann Benedict
“What if Santa Claus isn’t one man? What if he is a secret organization? 

Jeremy Ogden has 25 day to accomplish his mission. Just like every man in his family, he has a list of people whose lives can be changed forever if he makes it to them in time. But he has one big problem…And her name is Virginia. 

Virginia Kipyard is the last girl in the world Jeremy wants to hold his family’s ancient secret, until it becomes apparent that she might be the key to handling the hardest assignment he has ever faced. He just has to keep her out of trouble in the meantime. But that is easier said than done, even for a Father Christmas.”

I laughed and cried over this heart-warming Christmas story. The message is so precious, the characters real and adorable, and the setting cozy. The perfect read to curl up with if you want a solid not-so-fluffy holiday tale! ❤


2. age recommendation: 10+ for understandability

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The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, by C.S. Lewis

“Always winter but never Christmas.”
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

“They open a door and enter a world. Narnia… a land frozen in eternal winter… a country waiting to be set free. Four adventurous siblings—Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy Pevensie—step through a wardrobe door and into the land of Narnia, a land frozen in eternal winter and enslaved by the power of the White Witch. But when almost all hope is lost, the return of the Great Lion, Aslan, signals a great change . . . and a great sacrifice.”

If you have seen the movie version of this book, just know that although they did a remarkably good job… it did not do C.S. Lewis’s deep-themed novel justice.

All I can really do is throw a bunch of quotes at you and try to get you to understand why every person must, must read at least this first book in The Chronicles of Narnia to really get a good view on life.

“If there’s anyone who can appear before Aslan without their knees knocking, they’re either braver than most, or else just silly.” 
~ The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Daddy has made it a tradition to read these books aloud to us, a special one-on-one experience with him, and those cozy evenings reading by the woodstove are still my favorite memories. ❤ The message of each book is so deeply planted down inside of me, it will always stay there. 

“Wrong will be right, when Aslan comes in sight,
At the sound of his roar, sorrows will be no more,
When he bares his teeth, winter meets its death,
And when he shakes his mane, we shall have spring again.” 
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

I have nothing more to say about it…  just read it. 😉 ❤ And thank you immensely, Jack, for writing this. 


3. age recommendation: 10+ for sweet friendship romance

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At the Christmas Lodge, by Rebekah A. Morris

“When Desirae Richey agrees to go home with some college friends for Christmas, she expects a small family gathering. Instead, she is taken to the Christmas Lodge in the snowy mountains of Canada to a noisy, fun loving, adventurous group of family and friends who welcome her as one of their own. Everything seems to be going as planned until an unexpected snowfall occurs.”

Snowed in for Christmas and a rollicking time, anyone? I’ve honestly dreamed of this happening after reading this sweet short story! *hides* 😉

And guess what?! The (friendship-) “romance” is only a side plot to an amazing, cozy, not-forced Gospel message! Love it!!

This quickly became one of my favorite Christmas stories the moment I finished rushing through the snack-of-a-wintery-book, and it SHALL become one of yours too if I have anything to do with it. 😉 😛


4. age recommendation: all

51iPZvzk4yL._SX334_BO1,204,203,200_Little Town On the Prairie, by Laura Ingalls Wilder

“In Little Town on the Prairie, the young town of De Smet has survived the long, harsh winter of 1880-1881. With the arrival of spring comes invitations to socials, parties, and “literaries.” Laura, who is now fifteen years old, attends her first evening social.

In her spare time, she sews shirts to help earn money to send Mary to a college for the blind. Laura also receives her teaching certificate and can work at a school. And, best of all, Almanzo Wilder asks permission to begin walking her home from church. Life in the little town certainly is exciting!”

A classic, yes, but I read this book for the prairie town events, snowball fights, warm evenings, and aaahh I just adored this book! I totally binge-read Little Town on the Prairie during chilly winters in the Northwest! 

For sure a top favorite.


5. age recommendation: all

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Spider Web for Two (A Melendy Maze), by Elizabeth Enright 

“Randy and Oliver Melendy awake one fall morning full of gloom. Their brother and sister are away, the house seems forlorn and empty, and even Cuffy, their adored housekeeper, can’t pick up their spirits. Will they have to face a long and lonely winter? But a surprise message in the mailbox starts a trail of excitement and adventure that takes them through the cold season. When summer finally comes around again, the children have found fourteen messages in all, and the end of the search brings them a rich reward.

Full of unforgettable moments (like finding a secret note tucked under the dog’s collar) and delightful twists of language (the more challenging clues, the better), this fourth book in Elizabeth Enright’s Melendy Quartet makes for a grand finale to an equally grand collection of stories. Spiderweb for Two is the fourth and final installment of Enright’s Melendy Quartet, an engaging and warm series about the close-knit Melendy family and their surprising adventures.”

Randy and Oliver, only secondary characters in the earlier books, are the primary cast in this one and wonderfully creative, quirky people who made me completely fall in love with their world, ideas, mannerisms, and story.  The mystery is very clever and captivating, and trying to figure out their clue-writers’ identities will keep you on your toes the entire time!

I love all the books in the Melendy series, but this one is probably my most favorite of them ever! ❤

 


Did you enjoy hearing about my Top 5 Christmas Books?

Tell me YOURS! I’d love to hear. 🙂

~Anna

46 thoughts on “My Top 5 Favorite Christmas Books

  1. OHHHH MY GOODNESS! Finally another person who has read the Melendy Quartet! I LOVED those books SO MUCH when I was younger! And it’s delightful to peek into them because I have a much better knowledge of history in the ’40s now, and I can recognize so many things, like actresses and actors. Oh, they’re so delightful! Also I love Little House and Narnia. 🙂

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    1. Aaah I love this comment so much! SO happy to meet another Melendy fan!! Those books are sadly under-appreciated… I hardly hear anyone talking about them nowadays. 😥 ❤ And they are too amazing to forget!
      Aw YES love the 40's setting! So dear!
      I'm enjoying reading the series aloud to my younger sister, and right now we're finishing up The Four-Story Mistake. 🙂

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      1. YAAYYY MELENDY FANS UNITE! They certainly are! YES, I KNOW. It’s the perfect nostalgic “those-were-the-days” setting, if you ask me. Ooh, I loved that one – especially the mystery with the hidden room and all!

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  2. Is it cheating to mention your own book? My Christmas book, Coffee Shop Christmas touched me deeply while writing it and though it’s not perfect, it will always be special to me; )

    Aside from that, I love Finding Christmas Joy by Amanda Tero and Wind Chimes by Victoria Minks! If you haven’t read them, you so need to!

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    1. Hey! That’s super! I’m sitting in my favorite coffee shop right now! (All the Christian music!! It’s all I can do not to sing along with each song! lol)
      A Christmas book about a coffee shop sounds wonderfully cozy. ❤ What's it about? Aw love it, be deeply impacted by your own writing is priceless.

      I shall have to find those books, thanks for the recommendations! 😀

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  3. *squeals* Narnia! Little Town on the Prarie! New books!
    I think I’ve read both series all over twice, 😛
    Ooh, there is that new book I have yet to read, Hartly Manor, I think? 😀

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    1. Ikr?! I got it on my phone yesterday and read it and one sitting, and it was fun! You should read it. 🙂
      Ah cool! I think you would like Spiderweb for Two especially. 😉

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  4. I loved getting to hear about your Top 5 Christmas books! I dare not start telling you mine or I’d be here for hours. 😛 I LOVE Christmas stories!
    I’ve never heard of “Spider Web for Two.” Since this is part of a series, can this be read out of order?
    Dreaming of being snowed in? Me too! Let’s do it together, shall we? Anyone else want to join us? 🙂
    I hope you enjoy the free story, Anna!

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    1. Thanks, Rebekah! haha talking Christmas stories is so great!!
      Oh you MUST read Spiderweb for Two! Yep, I actually read it very first before going back and catching up on the whole series. It is coziest and fun to read with all the background of the other books, but definitely is good on its own too. 🙂
      Aw yas, I so wish we’d be snowed in! As long as we have enough cookies on hand. 😉

      I did very much enjoy it, Rebekah, great writing! 👏 And thank you so much for giving it to us for free!

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    1. Me too! Which Pevensie do you identify with the most? Funny thing, I took one of those character quiz things and came out as Peter! lol I sooo don’t see it, but I like him pretty well so that’s ok. 😛 😉

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    1. HOORAH for Christmas!! Thanks, Angela! Ooh I know… Dad was reading aloud “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” just the other day because my youngest sister hasn’t heard it yet, and we all hung around to hear it and loved the dear cozy Christmas (or rather, always winter and never Christmas 😉 😛 ) of it!

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  5. The Chronicles of Narnia AND the Little House on the Prairie series? AHhh, Such good memories. I’ve started reading the Chronicles of Narnia to my little siblings and they’re LOVING it!

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  6. I’m super excited for Christmas, especially because I’ve never actually read any Christmas titles around that time. But I’m changing that this year, so thanks for the great titles you recommended! *adds to my “mountain” pile*

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    1. Me too! Oh I don’t know if I have ever read a Christmas story around Christmas time either! lol One cold, snowy winter I decided to read the really fun Little House book set mostly during winter and totally got them mixed up and ended up reading the miserable one “The Long Winter”. XD It was a funny mistake! 😛
      Yay so happy to be of help. Enjoy your mountain of books! 😉

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  7. What great recommendations! I haven’t heard of the first and last ones, but I’d love to check them out! I have read and adore the other three, though. 🙂 ❤

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