When the evenings get dark and it’s cold outside, there really is nothing better than curling up with a good book! Whether grabbing a few minutes peace at the end of a busy day or sharing a story with a loved one, a book’s ability to take you to a world far from your own makes it a perfect way to while away some time inside. It is one of the many, many reasons that books make such brilliant Christmas gifts. So much so that Iceland’s (a country where the dark, cold nights are about as long as they can be!) tradition of ‘Jolabokaflod’ sounds so appealing. Literally translated as the ‘Christmas Book Flood’, the tradition involves the giving of books to your loved ones on Christmas Eve, then spending the evening together reading – what could be better?
So, if you are planning on embracing the spirit of this tradition this Christmas or simply looking for a great gift that will make someone smile, then you might want to check out these festive stories that are perfect for adults and children alike.
Dr Suess’ story of the grouchy Grinch is just made to be read aloud! Now a firm Christmas classic with at least a couple of great movies re-telling the tale, the familiarity of the story combined with the catchy rhythm and rhyme will entice young children whilst ensuring that those who are a little (or a lot!) older are reminded of the joy Christmas brings, even if they have started to resemble the titular character in more recent years.
Fans of J.K Rowling won’t want to miss a single word she writes and so this one is a must read. The captivating tale – beautifully illustrated by Jim Field – tells the story of how Jack searches for his most beloved friend with the help of a little magic. Evoking the beautiful bond the children share with their favourite things, this festive story will touch the hearts of readers young and old.
This book is perfect for sharing. With twenty four and a half chapters – one for every evening in the run up to the Big Day and a half for the day itself – the story describes the exciting encounters of a small mouse called Winston as he embarks on a big mission to get a lost letter to Santa himself. And with complimentary ideas for crafts and other activities, this book is perfect for starting some new family traditions.
With 2021 seeing the release of the film adaptation of this enchanting book, it is likely to excite even the more reluctant readers among us. An adventure crammed full with elves, snow and all the festive magic you might wish for, the story tells the tale of how a young boy grew up to become Father Christmas and suggests that simply nothing is impossible. It is guaranteed to become a firm favourite in years to come.
Is this the ultimate story set at Christmas? It might be hard to find one that is as enduring (other than that of the First Christmas of course!). Bursting from the pages to inspire so many re-tellings across a range of media, this ghost story has reminded readers of the true spirit of Christmas for over 150 years. Whilst younger children might struggle with reading the original text, you are never too young to listen to how Scrooge is redeemed and learns to love Christmas once more.