Have you already started playing the Christmas carols? We did, which means the holidays are so close. It’s time to adapt our reading preferences to this time of the year as well. And who is an avid fan of winter holidays, from hilarious holiday stories to snowy romances, here is a list of happy, Christmas story books.
Relaxing Christmas books to check on your booklist
Charles Dickens wrote this book in only 6 weeks, so the tale was perfectly ready for publishing just before Christmas. One of the most beloved and popular stories, Christmas Carol is about a selfish, grumpy old man. Scrooge, our character, hates Christmas and thinks all homeless people should go to prison or into workhouses.
“[E]very idiot who goes about with ‘Merry Christmas’ on his lips, should be boiled with his own pudding, and buried with a stake of holly through his heart. He should!”
Scrooge is the least generous person until some Christmas ghosts happen to haunt him one night. Such an old tale, Christmas Carol is still actual by its advice. This classic fairy story teaches people to be generous and to appreciate their time, their health and the time spent with friends and family.
Breakfast at Tiffany’s
One of the best novellas of Truman Capote, “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” is about the author’s contemporary days in New York, from 1958. The story is actually the opinion and acquaintance of the author for his interesting neighbor, beautiful Holly Golightly. In fact, the book is a little novella, where Fred, a writer who lives downstairs from Holly, falls little by little in love with her.
“I don’t want to own anything until I find a place where me and things go together.”
By this time, he finds out the truth about her true life, as a socialite, and about her sordid past. “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” is one of the greatest books, a story which happens around Christmas and which gives you only good feelings. If you enjoy books that are focusing on feminine personalities, this is a great option. Most of you know “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” the movie, where Audrey Hepburn interprets the role of Holly, which stays spectacular even now.
The Stupidest Angel: A Heartwarming Tale of Christmas
If you are looking for a Christmas comedy and don’t know what to choose, this would be a good idea. Spoiler alert: don’t give this book as a present to your parents/grandparents.
“Hope is merely another face of desire.”
So, the story is like this: an angel is going to give a child a Christmas wish. So after the kid sees Santa getting hit with a shovel, he wants Santa Claus to be still alive. While the “stupid angel” makes his wish come true, Santa comes back with a group of his dead friends, who are now zombies. From now on, there will be a set of funny scenes and dark humor, for the ones who appreciate this kind of satire.
If you are enough with the cheesy Christmas stories, just pick this book and have a twisted sense of humor.
Hercule Poirot’s Christmas
The one and only Agatha Christie prepared another kind of Christmas, everything but merry. The infamous Hercule Poirot has to deal with a “festive” case.
“Ah, but you must have a Christmas uncomplicated by murder.”
Because what could Hercule Poirot do for winter holidays? A family reunion is destroyed by a murder- time for Poirot to show his detective agility. Agatha Christie’s unique way of writing will make you get into reading crime fiction and the fact that the action is around Christmas gives this book a holiday-ish atmosphere.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
One of the most emblematic Christmas stories is the one of Grinch, a children’s picture book from 1957, by Dr. Seuss. After 53 years while he lived in a cave, Grinch decides to stop the frivolous merriment of Christmas.
“Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before! What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas…perhaps…means a little bit more!”
His idea to stop the Christmas madness was to don a Santa outfit, dress his poor dog like a reindeer and build a makeshift sleigh. All these to go down to Whoville and stop, once for all, the joyful spirit of winter holidays.
The book and also the movie with Grinch are popular and a wonderful story to pass through generations. It is a nice way to start a family tradition as well.
A Christmas memory
A classic and emotional story that you will never forget, “A Christmas memory” it’s a short book about an endless friendship between a little boy and his elderly cousin. Their poor lives don’t stop them to share presents, even from their little.
“One by one the household emerges, looking as though they’d like to kill us both; but it’s Christmas, so they can’t.”
So they start cooking cakes for thirty people they admire, decorate their Christmas tree with handmade ornaments and secretly work for their own presents. This lovely story, by Truman Capote, it’s a life lesson. Christmas is not about the richness and wealth, but kindness and enjoying the holy moment.
The book “The Nutcracker” is a classic. E. T. A. Hoffmann’s inspiration was the Tchaikovsky ballet and it brings that kind of magic to Christmas which most of the traditional lovers of winter holidays will enjoy.
“The nutcracker sits under the holiday tree, a guardian of childhood stories. Feed him walnuts and he will crack open a tale…”
When the clock strikes midnight, the nutcracker toy of Clara takes her to a magic world, with music and costumes. The fairytale is completed with mice that become soldiers and candy canes that transform into dancers. After defeating the Mouse King in a battle, the Nutcracker takes Clara to an enchanted castle which comes out of the mist, like the candy on top of the cake. All these details could not be part of another story but a Christmasy one.
This story of a girl’s magical journey to a fairytale world is also a beautiful ballet and Tchaikovsky’s most beloved work.