Christmas Stories For Kids
Sharing Christmas stories with your children in the lead-up to Christmas Day is a wonderful way of introducing them to the history and traditions surrounding this time of year.
These pages contain ideas for sharing some of the classic stories with kids of all ages.
They're ideas I've used with my own children over the years and am still using today, even though my three are all teenagers now.
Here's what you'll find in this special Christmas section of Best Books for Kids:
Why Make a Big Deal Out of Reading Christmas Books?
If, like me, you love reading and think it's an
important part of life,
you're probably always on the look out for ways to
encourage your children to read.
So it makes sense to harness your kids' pre-Christmas excitement by introducing them to some special Christmas books.
If your children are very young,
together is, of course, the way to go. Start this tradition now and it will become a treasured part of your family's Christmas.
If your children are older,
reading Christmas books
aloud is still an option but there are also some great Christmas-themed stories they'll enjoy reading on their own.
Ideas for Christmas Reading
Here are three ideas you might like to try:
- start a small
library of Christmas books
for your children. Put them in a pretty basket and store them somewhere everyone can get to them.
If your children are very young, include books they can look at on their own, as well as books for you to read aloud with them. If you have older kids, there are some great books on my list of the
best Christmas books for kids
which are guaranteed to spark their interest.
- read one or more Christmas books or stories aloud to your children every day. This works whatever your children's ages.
- start a family
'Twas The Night Before Christmas
together, on Christmas Eve.
Which Christmas Stories?
If you're looking for Christmas stories to share with your children, you may like to check out my list of the very
best Christmas books
for kids. I've tried to include books for children of all ages, up to and including teenagers, so the list should be a good starting point to get you thinking.
I've also included some free Christmas short stories in this section of Best Books for Kids.
If, like me, you've always wondered where the phrase 'Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus' comes from, wonder no more! You can read the whole enchanting story
There's also a free copy of the famous poem
The Night Before Christmas
for you to print out and share
If you're looking for a Christmas story to share with your older kids, try O Henry's famous Christmas short story
The Gift of the Magi.
It was written in 1906 but has a twist at the end which will move even the most cynical
Finally, Chapter Two of
'A Merry Christmas'
and makes a lovely short story to read at Christmas time.
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