We schedule the entire month of December as our homeschool Christmas Break, but if we don’t have something planned, I find we get irritable and worn out. So instead of loafing for an entire month we take a casual approach to school, join our library’s winter reading program, read a few Christmas favorites and don’t worry too much if we miss a day here and there. This gives us plenty of time to craft, bake and visit neighbors without descending into total chaos.
Here are a few of the Christmas books I find myself recommending over and over!
The Glorious Impossible, by Madeline L’Engle tells the story of Christ as seen in Giotto’s frescoes from the Scrovengi Chapel. We used it last year because it just happened that we were studying Giotto just when Christmas rolled around. Easiest artist study ever! And we are re-reading this year as a way of keeping in the true spirit of Christmas.
Apple Tree Christmas, by Trinka Hakes Noble, tells the story of a young girl who has a hard time getting into the spirit of Christmas after losing something special to her. We loved this one so much that we checked it out from the library for the whole month of December a few years running. Finally I started to feel bad about hoarding it and bought us our own copy. Now we read it year round.
How The Grinch Stole Christmas, by Dr. Seuss. Do I really need to say more? We love the book, and the original movie too! Just try not to recite along when you’re watching the movie. I find the kids don’t appreciate it.
The Christmas Day Kitten, by James Herriot tells the heart warming story of how a kitten finds a home with an old lady and three hounds. All of James Herriot’s stories give you a cozy feeling, and especially so when you’re snuggled up next to the fire with a cup of cocoa and your loved ones.
The Family Under The Bridge, by Natalie Savage Carlson is a story about a family who finds themselves homeless just as winter sets in. They meet an old man who shows them the ropes of life on the streets, and helps them find a new kind of home.
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, by Barbara Robinson is the hilarious tale of the horrors that ensue when “the worst kids in the history of the world” decide they’d like to star in the town Christmas Pageant.
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Even better, why not see if your local library has these titles in circulation?
Feel free to drop a book suggestion or two of your own in the comments!