Christmas is often a serious holiday. In an effort to differentiate myself from those who celebrate Christmas with only Santa, presents and Christmas trees, I can go a little overboard earnestly trying to remind my children of the true meaning of Christmas.
In fact, if I’m not careful, in my sincere hopes of passing on my faith, I can completely strip all the fun out of Christmas.
The kids and I have come up with a compromise though. We have found some completely fun books to read and celebrate Christmas with. Some are meaningful. Others are just laugh out-loud funny.
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Olive, the Other Reindeer by Vivian Walsh–This year is the first year that Firecracker really understands that Olive thinks that the song says “Olive, the other reindeer…” The children also love dogs so they think all the silly things that Olive gets to help Santa with are great and wonderful fun!
The Birds of Bethlehem by Tomie dePaola–The children love this one. It’s not really funny, but they laugh and feel smart because the birds don’t know what all the stir is about and as the birds describe what they see, the children feel so smart that they know what’s going on!
More Christmas with Mother Goose— This is something that is currently available for free download from Homeschool Freebie of the Day. Some of the stories are serious. Some are twists on popular nursery rhymes. Others are just funny. The children love it so much that we printed out and bound a hard copy for them to read anytime.
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bell! by Lucille Colandro–I think every book in this serious gets sillier and sillier. The smaller children especially think this book is the funniest Christmas book we own.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas! by Dr. Seuss–The illustrations are beautiful. The text is poetic. My children giggle and love hearing this book over and over again (as well as watching the movies) each year. We also that the movies based on this book are best enjoyed with Grinch Floats (Lime Sherbet + Sprite).
The Bears’ Christmas by Stan and Jan Berenstain–This hilarious bear book has Papa bear attempting to teach little Bear (a young Brother Bear) how to best use his Christmas presents. Of course, Papa uses them all wrong, and that is where the comedy magic is made.
The Berenstain Bears and the Joy of Giving by Jan and Mike Berenstain–This is a sweet heartfelt book that always gets a few giggles out of the kids. Brother and Sister are acting a Christmas play and are doing all the things that cubs do in the days leading up to Christmas.
Christmas Trolls by Jan Brett–These mischievous trolls are stealing Christmas until our heroine, Treva, discovers what’s happening and teaches the little troll children how to really have Christmas. As with all of Brett’s books, part of the special treat here is watching the action in the border pictures.
Who’s That Knocking on Christmas Eve? by Jan Brett–This is one of our all-time favorite Christmas books. Every year trolls come down and steal Kyri’s Christmas feast. This year things are different due to a travelling boy and his pet polar bear 🙂
The Night Before Christmas–Everyone needs a good version of this one. Our favorites are the Jan Brett and the Mercer Meyer. After all, how else would be be able to remember all the names of Santa’s reindeer?
We think of all these as our fun and happy Christmas favorites. If you’re still looking for some new favorite Christmas books to read, make sure to click the link below for the Schoolhouse Review Crew’s round-up of favorite Christmas books. (This link won’t be live until December 18, but if you’re one of my facebook or twitter followers, I’ll be sure to remind you when it’s live)