The Top 5 Christmas Books {that aren’t about Santa}

Please don’t think I have anything against Santa.  I’m 24 years old and the rule in my mother’s home, “You’ve gotta believe to receive,” still stands.  I love Santa Claus is Coming to Town, The Year Without Santa Claus, and The Night Before Christmas.  Santa gets plenty of love in our home, and we don’t even have children.  With that being said, here are my top five favorite Christmas books about the true reason for the season.

1.  The Worst Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson

This book is hysterical and heartwarming all at once.  As an educator, the account of the Herdman children makes me squirm, but the true meaning of Christmas shines through in such a lovely way.  This story is available as both a short chapter book and a picture book.  Order here.

2.  One Wintry Night by:  Ruth Graham Bell

This story, written by Billy Graham’s late wife Ruth, is so simple, but the emphasis on God’s redeeming love is profound.  The illustrations are beautiful, somewhat reminiscent of the Scandinavian stylings of Jan Brett.  Available here.

3.  The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey by:  Susan Wojciechowski

This was a family favorite growing up.  Jonathan Toomey’s transformation from a cold, unloving man to a new creation in Christ is beautifully illustrated.  I would suggest reading this story before setting up your family crèche.  Available {for $10!} here.

4.  Christmas in the Trenches by:  John McCutcheon

This true story is a somber reminder that many men & women are unable to spend Christmas with their families.  While Jesus is not necessarily mentioned in the text, it is a reminder that Christmas Eve is a time for peace and goodwill toward men.  This would be an excellent story to read before writing Christmas cards for soldiers & veterans.  Order here.

4.  The Littlest Angel by:  Charles Tazewell

Though it should be stressed to your children that this story is fictional, it provides a wonderful teaching opportunity.  The littlest angel is a young angel who just can’t get it together.  A wise old angel realizes that it’s because he’s homesick and the littlest angel is allowed to fetch his favorite belongings {which eventually become the Star of Bethlehem}.  Again, it should be stressed that this account is just a lovely fictional tale, but the idea that the blood of Christ can cover our sins is the main message of this story.  Unfortunately, the original artwork pictured above is no longer available {unless you hunt thrift stores or Ebay}, but a new version is available here.

5.  The Crippled Lamb by:  Max Lucado

This story has a beautiful message:  God has a plan for everyone.  As a Special Education teacher, this story is a gentle reminder that our disabilities on Earth will no longer be an issue once we’re all in Heaven.  Available here.

What are your favorite Christmas stories?  Let me know in the comment section!


3 thoughts on “The Top 5 Christmas Books {that aren’t about Santa}

  1. Our favorites are Song of the Stars (I cry every time at the line “the one who created us has come to live with us”!!) and Guess Who’s Coming To My House. Also love A Charlie Brown Christmas, of course. 🙂

    • I’ll have to add those to our library! We have other favorites like The Polar Express {LOVE Chris Van Allsburg}, but the Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey is my all-time favorite. When Cooper gets older, you HAVE to read The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. For anyone who ever had to wear a bathrobe in a Christmas play, it’s hysterical!

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