25 Days of Christmas Reading

Nothing gets me in the Christmas mood like curling up with a good Christmas story or poem by the fire with a hot cup of cocoa 🙂 So I thought I would share some of my favorite reading this time of year. If you don’t know what to read for Christmas check it out! I think you’ll find that a lot of the Christmas poems, songs, and stories that have become a part of our culture were written by famous and well-accomplished writers. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

Merry Christmas everyone!

December 1st

I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day
by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

I heard the bells on Christmas day
Their old familiar carols play, . . . (more)

December 2nd

The Oxen
by Thomas Hardy

Christmas Eve, and twelve of the clock.
“Now they are all on their knees,” . . . (more)

December 3rd

The Gift of the Magi
by O. Henry

ONE DOLLAR AND EIGHTY-SEVEN CENTS. That was all. . . . (more)

December 4th

Scatter Your Crumbs
by: Alfred Crowquill

Amidst the freezing sleet and snow
The timid robin comes; . . . (more)

December 5th

[little tree]
by: EE Cummings

little tree
little silent Christmas tree . . . (more)

December 6th

Angels from the Realms of Glory
by: James Montgomery

Angels, from the realms of glory,
Wing your flight o’er all the earth; . . . (more)

December 7th

The Polar Express
by: Chris Van Allsburg

At one time most of my friends could hear the bell . . . (more)

December 8th

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
by: Robert Frost

Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village, though; . . . (more)

December 9th

The Legend of Saint Nicholas
Ancient Folktale (adapted from William S. Walsh’s 1914 retelling)

Long ago, Saint Nicholas was Bishop of the town of Myra. . . . (more)

December 10th

Ring Out, Wild Bells
by: Alfred Lord Tennyson

Ring out, wild bells, to the wild sky,
The flying cloud, the frosty light: . . . (more)

December 11th

Christmas Carol
by: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

When Christ was born in Bethlehem,
‘Twas night, but seemed the noon of day; . . . (more)

December 12th

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
by: JK Rowling

Your father left this in my possession before . . . (more)

December 13th

Minstrels
by: William Wordsworth

The minstrels played their Christmas tune
To-night beneath my cottage-eaves; . . . (more)

December 14th

The Other Wise Man (Summary)
by: Henry Van Dyke

This story tells of a fourth wise man, a magi priest named Artaban, who set out . . . (more)

December 15th

How the Grinch Stole Christmas
by: Dr. Suess

“Maybe Christmas,” he thought, “doesn’t come from . . . (more)

December 16th

On This Christmas
by: Keith Garrett

Cold weather is coming, Winter will be here,
The air is crisp, the holiday is near. . . . (more)

December 17th

The Twelve Days of Christmas
by: Jan Brett

On the first day of Christmas . . . (more)

December 18th

Old Santeclaus with Much Delight
(with original illustrations)
Author Unknown

Old SANTECLAUS with much delight
His reindeer drives this frosty night, . . . (more)

December 19th

In the Bleak Midwinter
by: Christina Rossetti

In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan,
Earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone; . . . (more)

December 20th

Away in a Manger
Author Unknown

Away in a manger, no crib for a bed,
The little Lord Jesus laid down his sweet head. . . . (more)

December 21st

Silent Night
by: Joseph Mohr

Silent night, holy night,
All is calm, all is bright . . . (more)

December 22nd

The Mansion
by: Henry Van Dyke

There was an air of calm and reserved opulence about the Weightman mansion that spoke not of money squandered, but of . . . (more)

December 23rd

A Christmas Carol
by: Charles Dickens

Marley was dead: to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that. . . . (more)

Christmas Eve

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas or A Visit from St. Nicholas
by: Clement Clarke Moore

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse; . . . (more)

Christmas Day

Luke 2

1 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from CÌsar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. . . . (more)