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Top 5 Christmas books to read this December

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We all know that every major television network has started rolling out their holiday specials, and movies. Let's not forget that so many of our favorite classic holiday movies were inspired by great books. This Christmas, instead, gather all the kids on the couch, and have them pick out a book they want to read.

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If you don't have any of these books, then maybe putting them under the tree will be a great way to start a new family tradition. Here are the top 5 books, in no particular order. Feel free to follow the links to buy the books, and start your new tradition!

Comment below with the book that makes your Christmas reading list each year.

How The Grinch Stole Christmas! Everyone loves the classic cartoon movie, and even the Jim Carey version. Now the kids can fall in love with the original by Dr.Seuss. Get everyone involved, this one is great for letting the kids take turns reading.

A Visit From St. Nicholas This story is more commonly known by it's opening lines, "Twas the Night before Christmas..." While this one is technically a poem, written by Clement Clarke Moore, it is a classic story that everyone should have read to them. Maybe even on Christmas Eve, so they can dream of sugar plums dancing in their heads.

Jolly Old Santa Claus This story was written by Mary Jane Tonn. It was (some might say more importantly) illustrated by George Hinke. This tells the story of Santa and the elves, and even Mrs. Claus getting ready for the big day. The illustrations are so wonderful, they could be taken out and framed. This one is definitely worth looking into.

The Polar Express This is another classic story, that may be more well-known for it's movie. Written by Chris Van Allsburg, this is another story that will delight kids, and adults alike for the wonderful illustrations. If you like the movie, you will love curling up by the fire and reading this one.

A Christmas Carol There may be no other book as classic and traditional for Christmas than Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. While this one is lengthier than the rest, it gives you an excuse to start possibly a month long tradition. You can read a little bit each day or night before Christmas. Plus, as most of us know, this one comes with a great moral at the end of the story.


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