Christmastime is here, and with it comes chilly weather that’s perfect for reading. The holiday season has inspired many tales about the importance of giving to others and appreciating what we already have. Cozy up by the fireside and get comfortable, because here are some Christmas stories you can’t overlook this season:
The Snowman by Raymond Briggs
The illustrations in this book are breathtaking and the story is simple. While it seems like a typical Christmas adventure, The Snowman shows the importance of friendship and building lasting memories. The boy learns to deal with the loss of his snowman friend, and it is unclear whether he will even come back. However, letting go is something we all have to learn. That doesn’t mean that the memories we build, in this case shown by the boy’s gifted scarf, are any less important to us.
The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
This is one of the most beloved Christmas books for a reason, since it holds significance for children and adults alike. Not only is it dripping with Christmas atmosphere, but it also has a beautiful message about growing up. The little boy continues to believe in the Christmas spirit throughout his entire life, which is signified by the bell that Santa gave to him. The boy’s parents can’t hear the bell ring and as the boy grows older, neither can his friends. However, he can always hear it. Holding onto that belief in Christmas is something that we should all aspire to do, even as adults. Hold onto that magic.
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Arguably the most well-known Christmas story with several adaptations, this story highlights Christmas through the eyes of a bitter adult, which is highly uncommon. A Christmas Carol preaches the consequences of greed and shows how it’s never too late to change. While it’s dark, it’s poignant. The lesson here is that giving back, especially in this season, is always more valuable than material possessions.
“The Little Match Girl” by Hans Christian Andersen
This one is a heart-wrenching short story about hope, poverty, and family. It will likely bring a tear to your eye, but sometimes we need to snap out of our everyday comfort to look at those less fortunate. I won’t give away the ending, as this one is not as popular. However, the little girl will undoubtedly inspire you to treat others kindly and to appreciate what you have, which is an important holiday message for all.
These are only the tip of the iceberg. There are many other wonderful Christmas tales to get your hands on this season. Most of these stories are public domain, so they aren’t difficult to find. Take some time out of the holiday madness to appreciate what makes this time of the year so special. You won’t find any shortage of beautiful messages about humanity within Christmas stories.