15 Best Christmas Read-Alouds for the Family

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The holiday season is a magical time filled with warmth, joy, and the spirit of giving. One way to really make the most of the season (and especially as a homeschooling mom like myself) is by gathering your loved ones for a cozy read-aloud session with these timeless Christmas read-alouds.

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The best Christmas read-alouds for the family are:


1. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

This timeless classic takes readers on a transformative journey with Ebenezer Scrooge as he discovers the true spirit of Christmas. Dickens’ vivid storytelling and memorable characters make this novella a perfect read-aloud for the whole family.

A Christmas Carol still remains one of my very favorite Christmas read-alouds.

2. The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg

Climb aboard the magical Polar Express as it transports children to the North Pole on Christmas Eve. Van Allsburg’s enchanting illustrations and poetic prose make this tale a cherished holiday tradition for many families.

3. A Return to Christmas by Chris Heimerdinger

“A Return to Christmas” by Chris Heimerdinger is a heartwarming novel that tells the story of a disillusioned modern man who is transported back in time to experience the true meaning of Christmas through a series of transformative encounters with historical figures.

The narrative explores themes of redemption, self-discovery, and the enduring spirit of the holiday season.

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4. The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore

No Christmas would be complete without this classic poem that has been enchanting readers for generations. The anticipation of Santa’s arrival and the vivid descriptions of his reindeer make it a perfect read-aloud for Christmas Eve.

5. The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry

This Christmas read aloud is a touching short story explores the power of selfless love and sacrifice during the holiday season. This heartwarming tale is a reminder that the most meaningful gifts often come from the heart.

6. The Nutcracker by E.T.A. Hoffmann

Immerse yourself in the magical world of Clara and the Nutcracker Prince with Hoffmann’s classic tale. Whether you’re familiar with the ballet or experiencing the story for the first time, “The Nutcracker” is a delightful read for the holiday season.

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7. The Snowman by Raymond Briggs

In this wordless picture book, Briggs tells the charming story of a boy and his magical snowman who comes to life. The enchanting illustrations make it a perfect read-aloud for sparking creativity and imagination.

8. The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey by Susan Wojciechowski

This heartwarming story explores the power of love and friendship as a reclusive woodcarver discovers the true meaning of Christmas. With themes of redemption and compassion, it’s a touching tale for the whole family.

9. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson

Join the unruly Herdman siblings as they shake up the annual Christmas pageant. Robinson’s humorous and heartwarming story teaches valuable lessons about the true spirit of Christmas and the importance of acceptance.

10. The Third Gift by Linda Sue Park

Follow Oliver, the littlest elf in Santa’s workshop, as he discovers that sometimes, being small can lead to the biggest adventures. With its delightful illustrations and charming story, “The Littlest Elf” is a perfect read-aloud for younger audiences.

11. How The Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss

Join the Grinch as he learns the true meaning of Christmas in Dr. Seuss’s whimsical and rhyming style. This beloved story encourages readers to embrace the spirit of kindness and generosity.

12. The Family Under the Bridge by Natalie Savage Carlson

“The Family Under the Bridge” by Natalie Savage Carlson is a touching and whimsical tale about a Parisian hobo named Armand who discovers a makeshift family living under a bridge.

As Armand’s heart softens, he finds unexpected joy in embracing the spirit of generosity and belonging during the Christmas season.

13. One Wintry Night by Ruth Bell Graham

“One Wintry Night” by Ruth Bell Graham is a heartwarming and imaginative Christmas story that follows the journey of a young boy named Pedro after he gets lost in a snowstorm.

Through a series of captivating events, Pedro encounters various characters who share the true meaning of Christmas, leading to a transformative and joyous conclusion.

14. The House Without a Christmas Tree by Gail Rock

“The House without a Christmas Tree” by Gail Rock is a poignant and touching story about a young girl named Addie who longs for a Christmas tree in her home, despite her father’s resistance to celebrating the holiday.

The narrative beautifully explores themes of family, love, and the true spirit of Christmas.

15. A Wish to Be a Christmas Tree by Colleen Monroe

“A Wish to Be a Christmas Tree” by Colleen Monroe is a heartwarming tale about a pine tree that dreams of becoming a Christmas tree.

Through the support of forest friends, the tree’s wish is fulfilled, spreading joy and warmth during the holiday season.

In Conclusion:

These enchanting Christmas read-alouds are sure to add warmth and joy to your holiday season.

Whether you’re gathered around the fireplace, snuggled up in blankets, or enjoying these tales as a bedtime tradition, the magic of these stories will create cherished memories for the entire family.

From classic tales to heartwarming adventures, these books capture the spirit of Christmas and provide moments of togetherness that will be treasured for years to come.

Wishing you a season filled with love, laughter, and the joy of shared stories!

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Kacie is a wife, homeschool mom of 4 boys (from toddler to teen), and a sixth generation homesteader with a passion for natural and sustainable living, creating a home that educates the mind and nurtures the soul, and reclaiming our independence like our ancestors before us.

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