Simple Things :: Magical Moments

Inspired by Amanda, I began thinking of the small traditions that make Christmas such a magical affair. Really, the whole winter season should be a cozy celebration of the many blessings which we usually don’t take the time to notice. For some reason, that special breathtaking joy which is the Christmas spirit has eluded me in recent years as an adult. Am I the only one to miss the feeling of Christmas from when I was a kid? What made it so special?

I think one thing that went in to the excitement was the bringing out of things that were only seen once a year – which I think is the point of Amanda’s winter book list. I picked up her idea and ran with it. I imagine a small rubber made tote filled with special cozy books (as my girls get older, maybe some familiar read-aloud chapter type books. The tote should smell magical when it is cracked open at the beginning of Christmas. Sprinkle the books with some scrumptious Christmas Potpourri. Maybe you could include a surprise letter written to your children and tied with a beautiful ribbon. Maybe a beloved but nearly forgotten game, and some Christmas music to be played as the books are looked at and placed in a prominent basket near appropriately sized reading chairs with lap quilts a puffy pillows. Anything to create sweet memories and the anticipation of opening the box next year…

Below is a list of several winter/Christmas books, which I would love to include in such a tote. I bet one could find many such books in a post-Christmas trip the thrift shop!

Letters from Father Christmas – J.R.R. Tolkien

Lucia and the Light – Phyllis Root

The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey – Susan Wojciechowski

The Night of Las Posadas – Tomie dePaola


The Snowman
Raymond Briggs

The Real Santa Claus: Legends of Saint Nicholas – Marianna Mayer

The Twelve Dogs of Christmas – Emma Kragen

On Christmas Eve – Margaret Wise Brown

The Night Tree by Eve Bunting

The Snow Bear by Miriam Moss

How the Grinch Stole Christmas! – Dr. Seuss

Trees of the Dancing Goats – Patricia Polacco

An Orange for Frankie – Patricia Polacco

Uncle Vova’s Tree – Patricia Polacco

Welcome Comfort – Patricia Polacco

Cranberry Christmas – Wende Devlin

Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer


Peef The Christmas Bear
– Tom Hegg

A Silent Night For Peef – Tom Hegg

The Other Wise Man – Pamela Kennedy

Twas the Night Before Christmas – Clement Clarke Moore


An Early American Christmas
– Tomie dePaola


A Tale of Three Trees
– Angela Elwell Hunt

Snow – Uri Shulevitz

Father Christmas and the Donkey by Elizabeth Clark


One Winter’s Night
– John Herman

The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus – L. Frank Baum


A Cold Snap: Frosty Poems
– Audrey B. Baird

The Polar Express – Chris Van Allsburg


Lost! A Story in String
– Paul Fleischman


The Friendly Beasts: An Old English Christmas Carol

The Legend of the Candy Cane – Lori Walburg

The Story of The Nativity – Elizabeth Winthrop

Who Is Coming to Our House? (Board Book) – Joseph Slate

Mary’s First Christmas – Walker Wangerin

The Crippled Lamb – Max Lucado

The Tiny Star – Art Ginolfi

Winter Lullaby – Barbara Seuling


Snowflake Bentley
– Jacqueline Briggs Martin

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