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In just a few short days, we’ll be snuggled around the fireplace with all of our nearest and dearest loved ones, basking in the warm glow of the flames — and each other’s company. While there’s no shortage of ways to while away the hours together (family game night, anyone?), our vote for quality time well-spend involves reading aloud from the best Christmas books. In the midst of all the cheerful chaos of gift unwrapping and listening to festive music, it’s a great idea to take a little breather with a nice holiday tome. We’ve rounded up a selection of stories that will fill your heart with warmth and nostalgia.
The Best Christmas Books of 2019
There are plenty of titles both new and old available for purchase online that’ll make you feel warm and fuzzy inside, no matter how cold it is outdoors. From classic reads, such as Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol ($5.99, Amazon) to newer texts, like Richard Paul Evans’ The Mistletoe Promise ($17.80, Amazon), these books are sure to get you — and your brood — in the spirit of the holiday season in practically no time. After all, there’s nothing quite like curling up under a blanket by the fireplace with a good book (and perhaps a tasty cup of hot cocoa). Sounds like the perfect little Christmas pick-me-up to us!
If you’re worried you won’t be able to get them by Christmas, not to fret: There’s still plenty of time. Login or sign up to become an Amazon Prime member to take full advantage of the site’s free one-day delivery for orders placed by Dec. 23 at 9:30 a.m. local time (look for the little green “arrives before Christmas label under the book price).
From classic titles reminiscent of our childhood to beloved children’s tales from master storytellers like Hans Christian Andersen ($6.19, Amazon), our selection of festive volumes has something for everyone. Keep scrolling to see Woman’s World’s picks for the best Christmas books around.
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A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Where to buy: $5.99, Amazon
It's hard to think of a Christmas book more classic than Charles Dickens' 1843 tale of A Christmas Carol, and for good reason — this story of a bitter miser who must learn the true meaning of Christmas before it's too late is a wonderful reminder of what the holiday is all about at any age.
Best Christmas Books Adults
The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry
Where to buy: $17.99 Amazon
This age-old tale of a poor couple who sacrifice valuable items to buy each other special Christmas gifts, only to realize that the love they share is truly the best gift of all, couldn't be more heartwarming. P.J. Lynch's masterful illustrations add to the experience.
Best Christmas Gift Books
The Mistletoe Promise by Richard Paul Evans
Where to buy: $17.80, Amazon
If you're interested in Christmas romance stories, this book about finding love again during the holiday season just might be perfect for you. It comes with a hardcover dust jacket for a volume you can pull out year after year — just be sure to have a tissue ready while reading.
Christmas Best Selling Books
Christmas Day in the Morning by Pearl S. Buck
Where to buy: $10.89, Amazon
This book, originally published in 1955, tells the story of a struggling boy who wants to buy his father the best Christmas gift ever. After thinking long and hard, he hatches a plan for a truly wonderful present that's sure to get everyone right in the feels.
Best Christmas Books Kids
The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Andersen
Where to buy: $6.19, Amazon
Beloved children's author Hans Christian Andersen's story about a poor Danish girl struggling to sell matches during the Christmas season will tug on every single one of your heartstrings, especially when paired with the artwork of Caldecott Honor recipient Jerry Pinkney.
Best Christmas Books For Kids
Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost
Where to buy: $10.99, Amazon
Of course, snow falls at times other than Christmas. But the classic nature of Robert Frost's poetry — not to mention the gorgeous illustrations surrounding it — make this book an excellent choice for a wintery Christmas morning.
The Best Christmas Books
Miracle on 34th Street by Valentine Davies
Where to buy: $6.99, Amazon
You've no doubt seen the classic Christmas movie ($7.99, Amazon) by the same name, but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy the book along with it! Fall in love with the heartwarming story of Kris Kringle's adventures in a department store, where he touches the lives of its customers, all over again in a whole new way.
Best Christmas Books For Adults
A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote
Where to buy: $7.33, Amazon
Telling the story of author Truman Capote's childhood Christmas, this book captures the importance of making holiday memories with loved ones. Read it aloud to the family each year to create one of your own: There's nothing quite like a Christmas tradition, is there?
The Best Christmas Books Ever
The Christmas Day Kitten by James Herriot
Where to buy: From $5.99, Amazon
Perfect for anyone who loves cats as much as they love Christmas, this book tells the true story of a stray feline who makes a special contribution for the holiday at one family's home. By story's end, you just may want to hug your own four-legged friend a little bit tighter.