If you still want to stay in the Christmasy mood like I do, I suggest reading some Christmasy books while listening to Christmas music. I hate that the radios stop playing Christmas music the minute the holiday ends. I would leave my Christmas tree around year up if I could!
Hopefully these books will bring a little extra Christmas cheer into your life.
Here's Some Christmas Reading:
One Day in December, by Josie Silver
Laurie experiences love at first sight when her bus stops and she makes eye contact with a man sitting on the bench. The bus drives away before they’re able to get to each other. She searchs for this man for months, absolutely sure that he’s the man she is meant to be with.
Then her best friend, Sarah, introduces Laurie to her new boyfriend who she’s been gushing over for weeks. It’s the man from the bus. His name is Jack.
The story goes on for 10 years of hearbreak and missed opportunities, always seeing each other at points in their lives when they can’t be together. But it’s ultimately a heartwarming love story that left me a little teary eyed in the end. It’s a super satisfying wintery read that will give you warm fuzzy feelings inside.
A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens
Of course, a Christmas classic had to be on my list. I read the original manuscript version so I could see the original writing side by side with the text which I thought was the coolest thing ever.
For those of you who don’t know, A Christmas Carol is a timeless classic where old Ebenezor Scrooge is visited by the three ghosts of Christmas who help him see the true spirit of Christmas and of living in general. He turns his ways around and becomes the most selfless, cheeful man you could ever hope to meet.
Mr. Dickens and His Carol, by Samantha Silva
This story is a historical imagining of Charles Dickens writing the Christmas Carol. I loved the writing and historical detail in this story. Mr. Dickens was actually known to walk London city streets for 10 to 20 miles at a time to clear his head and come up with inspiration for his stories.
According to Silva, he needed quite the amount of inspiration to come up with a Christmas story he wasn’t actually planning on writing. He finds himself again as he writes and realizes he too forgot the true meaning of Christmas.
This is one I plan on reading every year around Christmas time, it’s a truly heartwarming story.
How to Find Love in a Bookshop, by Veronica Henry
This isn’t really a Christmas book per se, but it’s set around Christmas time and it has that charming heartwarming feel I love to read around this time of year (or anytime really). Emilia’s father has just passed away and she has to take over running of the bookshop that is in vast need of improvements. If she doesn’t figure out what to do, she may very well lose the shop.
She manages to fall in love with the community and one special guy, and reinvent the bookshop which has become her home. This story oozes charm and romance. It also is a book and books which all book lovers love!
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, by JK Rowling
Another book that is not really centered around Christmas, but reminds me of this time of year nonetheless. I love rereading this series in the fall and winter, and I’m sure other Harry Potter fans do as well.
Harry has his first Christmas at Hogwarts in the first book and gets a lovely sweater (an actual present all for himself!) from Ron’s mom. I know this is a reading list, but the movies are great to rewatch too.
The Night Before Christmas, by Clement C. Moore
My parents gave me this book when I was little and I still have the copy they gave me on my shelf. Another classic I love to look at this time of year. This is definitely a book I’ll be reading to my future children.
This has beautiful illustrations and I love the story. Another timeless classic.