A great idea for the holidays is to set aside a special box or basket containing your family’s special Christmas or other holiday books. The Holiday Book Box only comes out during the Advent season, and is put away again with the decorations after the first of the year.
THE ADVENT BOOK BOX
This list of Favorite Christmas Books was compiled following a discussion between a group of mothers looking for “twaddle-free” holiday reading for their families.
A Christmas Carol
by Charles Dickens
Becky’s Christmas (out-of-print)
by Tasha Tudor
(The) Best Christmas Pageant Ever!
by Barbara Robinson
Christmas at Long Pond (out-0f-print)
by William T. George
(The) Christmas Stories of George MacDonald
by George MacDonald (out-of-print, used copies available)
(The) Christmas Tree
by Julie Salamon
(The) Crippled Lamb
by Max Lucado
(The) Donkey’s Dream
by Barbara Helen Berger
(The) First Christmas
by Marcia Williams (out-of-print)
(The) Glorious Impossible
by Madeleine L’Engle (out-of-print)
Martin Luther’s Christmas Book
by Martin Luther
(The) Night Before Christmas
by Clement Moore, illustrated by Jan Brett
A Northern Nativity: Christmas Dreams of a Pairie Boy
by William Kurelek
One Wintry Night
by Ruth Bell Graham
Seven Stories of Christmas Love
by Leo F. Buscaglia
(The) Story of Christmas: Words from the Gospels of Matthew and Luke
illustrated by Jane Ray
Tale of Three Trees
by Angela Elwell Hunt
This is the Star
by Joyce Dunbar
OTHER HOLIDAY-RELATED BOOKS
Unplug the Christmas Machine, by Jo Robinson
Don’t wait until Christmas to read this book! The earlier you start thinking about the holidays, the easier it will be to make any necessary changes in your celebrations.
Debt Proof Your Christmas, by Mary Hunt
Whether you’re just looking for further frugal ideas for the upcoming holiday season, or you’re truly dreading another after-holidays debt hang-over, this book will be beneficial. Celebrate the holidays without breaking the bank.
Frozen Assets: Cook for a Day, Eat for a Month, by Deborah Taylor-Hough
Less time in the kitchen means more time for activities you really enjoy. This book will show you a step-by-step plan to simplify and revolutionize the way you cook. Save time; save money; save your sanity! Contains a special Ten Day Holiday Meal Plan — perfect for simplifying your holiday meal preparation.
Simplify Your Christmas, by Elaine St James
Simple ideas for taking the complexity out of the holidays.
Hundred Dollar Holiday, by Bill McKibben
“What we need and long for now are the gifts of time, meaningful family connections, periods of silence, a relationship with the divine,” McKibben writes.
(Excerpted and adapted with permission from A Twaddle-Free Education: An Introduction to Charlotte Mason’s Timeless Educational Ideas.)
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Deborah Taylor-Hough is a long-time homeschooling mother of three (now adult) children as well as a freelance writer and the author of the bestselling Frozen Assets cookbook series and A Simple Choice: A Practical Guide to Saving Your Time, Money and Sanity. Visit Debi on Facebook.
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