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:
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, reading aloud together is 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.
Here are three ideas you might like to try:
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 here.
There's also a free copy of the famous poem The Night Before Christmas for you to share here.
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 teenager.
Finally, Chapter Two of Little Women is called A Merry Christmas and makes a lovely short story to read at Christmas time.