My favorite Christmas books


I've been thinking about this post all weekend because I ♥ Christmas and I ♥ books so of course, I can't wait to share my favorite Christmas books with you. I'll begin with the Christmas story because that is the reason for the season. I have several books that tell the Christmas story that my children enjoy but I still prefer to read the story straight from the Bible, the best book of all. ☺

Every year my kids beg for me to read to them The Jolly Christmas Postman. I also read The Jolly Postman. These books allow children to actually open envelopes with special letters from popular fairy tale characters. They also set the stage perfectly for a letter writing lesson. After reading these books, we write our letters to Santa and then address the envelopes and send them to the North Pole.

The setting of The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree takes place in Appalachia during World War I. This heart-warming Christmas story focuses on the non-material aspects of a Christmas celebration. This story has been passed down through generations and written with historical accuracy. How do I know? Because the author, Gloria Houston, was my college professor. She was a wonderful mentor and changed the way I taught. In fact, both of my published books are dedicated to her. You will surely enjoy this treasure.



My favorite holiday book is The Polar Express. My family loves this story so much that we actually have a Polar Express Day.


We wake up and eat snowballs (powdered sugar donut holes) and drink snowman soup (hot chocolate).
Everyone gets their own Snowman Soup packet. The directions and printable top can be found Organized Christmas.
While enjoying our treats, we listen to the narration of The Polar Express and following along with the book. Listening to the book first thing in the morning totally gets my kids in the mood for all the upcoming activities.
The Polar Express
Next, we do lots of Polar Express activities while still wearing our PJ's. Mrs. Larremore at Chalk Talk has an awesome Polar Express unit for younger grades that is FREE. It is packed full of goodies.

Chalk Talk


Here is another unit I recently discovered that is FREE, too! It is created by Living Life Intentionally and it's absolutely incredible!

Free Christmas Printables

I also use FREE Polar Express activities for my older kids at Houghton Mifflin's site- www.polarexpress.com/games-fun. This site offers a variety of fun activities.



Then we watch the movie together

while sipping North Pole Peppermint Floats. Yummy!

After the movie, we make jingle bell necklaces to wear for the holidays to show that we believe. ☺


This year my family went on a real Polar Express train.

The train took us on an hour train ride to the "North Pole" for crafts, cookies, and hot chocolate. It was wonderful!

I just love Christmastime and making precious memories.
(my Christmas elf name ☺)

Christmas Week

8 comments:

Mrs. Coe said...

How do you get those little hearts? Can you teach me?

Tina said...

I have not read The Jolly Christmas Postman, but it looks so sweet!! My favourite Christmas picture book is an Australian one called Applesauce and the Christmas Miracle:) I LOVE Polar Express! One of the activities in our family activity advent is to watch the DVD as a family:) Thanks for sharing your favourites, Tamara!
Tina
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Tamara L. Chilver said...

yes ma'am- press 3 while holding down the alt key ♥

Tamara L. Chilver said...

I will have to check out Applesauce and the Christmas Miracle. Thanks for sharing Tina.

Barbara said...

Ooooo, your faves soun FAB! I've blogged my top three picks today, too, so you'll have to hop on over to the Corner . . . my all-time HAS to be Great Joy by Kate DiCamillo!

Barbara

The Science Penguin said...

Oh my goodness! I totally forgot about the Jolly Postman...it was one of my favorites as a kid. I'll have to go order that immediately!



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KinderLatino said...

Tamara, I just love all of your blog posts. I don't think that I have ever read The Jolly Postman. I will need to go out and buy it.

--I also want to let you know that I awarded you the Blog on Fire Award:)

-Lidia

Tamara L. Chilver said...

Wow Lidia! I am honored. Thank you!!!