Christmas Book Advent

For all of you who have been following our Facebook Advent, and for anyone who hasn’t seen, here are all the books we posted about on our Facebook as a special advent! These are potential Christmas presents to your friends, your family, or yourself, or just books you should read. Some are magical, and some are sentimental. And some might remind you of your childhood!

 

Time to count down to Christmas, and what better way than with a Christmas Book Advent Calendar?! Check here on the Buck Off Facebook each day until Christmas for recommendations on Christmas stories to read or give as gifts this year!

 

608987Book #1: “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens

Everyone knows the story: A grouchy guy says “Bah Humbug” and does nothing but save money and be mean to people. But then one day he’s visited by three ghosts who change his whole outlook on life in a single night.

How many people have actually read it?

 

Book #2: “Dr. Suess’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas!”

grinchThis is a classic book so good that the directors for both films used the exact wording of the book to make their films. Like Mr. Scrooge, the Grinch despises the Christmas season until a certain turn of events has he, he himself, the Grinch carving the roast beest at the Whoville Christmas Table.

Give someone this book this Christmas to remind them that it’s not about the presents, but about spending time with family and friends that really makes Christmas, Christmas.

 

Book #3: “Skipping Christmas” by John Grisham

87957This is the book that inspired the movie “Christmas with the Kranks”.

No one likes holiday hassle. You buy a lot of presents, cook a lot of food, deal with tons of people at the mall, have to send a bunch of Christmas cards, and so on. Luther Krank isn’t looking forward to another year of spending a lot of money on a holiday full of irritations, so he persuades Nora, his wife, to skip Christmas with him and go on a cruise instead. But they find out that skipping Christmas isn’t as easy as it sounds, and their decision not only affects them but everyone around them.

This is a good, motivational gift for anyone who suffers from holiday woes to remind them why it’s important to deal with yuletide annoyances.

 

Book #4, and Editor Sandy’s favorite Christmas story: “The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus” by L. Frank Baum

715058I first saw the movie this book inspired, which prompted me to read it. We see Santa as a baby, left in the Forest of Burzee, and found by the immortal Ak. He is adopted by the fairy Necile and leads a peaceful life until he becomes an adult, when he is introduced to the human world and must move out of Burzee. In the Laughing Valley of Hohaho, he starts making toys to give the human children. But the evil Awgwas don’t like happy children, and they have some tricks up their sleeves.

This book (and the movie!) are for anyone who loves a good fantasy story!

 

Book #5: “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” by Robert Lewis May

1132614Everyone knows the song, but I bet not many know the original story by the man who created this well-known Christmas character.

May’s book may have been written in 1939, but the story has gone down in history, inspiring the song we all know and love, as well as the classic Rankin/ Bass stop motion movie. The rhyme scheme of the book mimics “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas”, making this a fun, easy book to read aloud.

The story is one we know: Rudolph’s nose makes him an outcast among his reindeer peers, leading to much teasing and hurt feelings. But then, he is honored the most important job and highest honor of a reindeer – pulling Santa’s sleigh! The other reindeer sure aren’t laughing any more!

 

Book #6: “A Charlie Brown Christmas” by Charles M. Schulz

1275105Of all the Charlie Browns in the world, this one is the Charlie Brownest. It’s Christmastime: everyone is looking forward to the gifts and the cards and the overall fun, but Charlie Brown finds himself feeling blue. His friend Lucy advises him to direct the school Christmas play. That’ll be sure to get him in the Christmas spirit! But no one listens to him, and worse, they mock him.

Read this to find out if Charlie Brown can discover the true meaning of Christmas!

 

Book #7: “Letters from Father Christmas” by J.R.R. Tolkein

letters-father-christmas-tolkeinI envy the Tolkein kids their childhood, for getting letters from Santa each year. But, where they had to wait a whole year for the next letter, we merely have to flip the page of the book.

The North Pole isn’t all fun and games, as it turns out. There’s the North Polar Bear who always seems to make a muddle of things, there’s bad weather, and worst of all, there are goblins wreaking havoc! Read these letters to see if Santa is able to deliver all his toys on time each year!

 

11377373Book #8: “The Twelve Days of Christmas” by Laurel Long

Based on the well-known song that was originally published in England in 1780. This song has weathered the sands of time, and in this edition we get to see the words we know next to beautiful illustrations of the gifts that are given each of the 12 days of Christmas. This is another book to prove that children’s books can be enjoyed by adults, too, especially those who enjoy good art.

 

Book #9: “The Polar Express” by Chris Van Allsburg

420282Everyone is asleep in the house except for a little boy who ends up boarding a train that takes him to the North Pole. He meets Santa Claus and is offered a gift. The boy asks for a bell from the reindeers’ harness, which sounds beautiful to him. But he learns that you can only hear the bell if you truly believe.

This book is for all of you readers who can still hear the bell.

 

Book #10: “Santa Paws, Come Home” by Nicholas Edwards 

791794When I was in fourth grade, we had a Holiday Yankee Swap, and I ended up with this book. How can a child resist a book with a cute puppy on the cover? I remember some of my classmates wanted to trade with me, but I really didn’t want to. Don’t take a book away from a bookworm – it’s not very nice!

The Callahans, who are Santa Paws’s family, were out Christmas shopping and came back to the car to find the windows broken and their beloved pooch missing! Will they be able to find him in time for Christmas?

 

Book #11: “A Christmas Story” by Jean Shepherd

5319The book that inspired the movie classic. Ralphie Parker is just a simple boy who wants a rifle for Christmas. He has to deal with everyone telling him, “You’ll shoot your eye out, kid!” But that doesn’t stop him from wanting it.

 

Book #12: “Cats’ Letters to Santa” by Bill Adler

41bq5jntxvl-_sy344_bo1204203200_This hilarious collection of letters from cats to Santa is just the thing for a fun holiday joke for that friend or relative who loves cats. The letters range from thanking Santa for toy mouse presents to explaining why cats would be better at pulling Santa’s sleigh than reindeer. The only thing that makes it better is the whimsical cartoons. This easy read will surely be a Christmas favorite for all ages.

 

Book #13: “The Autobiography of Santa Claus” by Jeff Guinn

255303This book is the story of Santa. It started with a paper of little-known Christmas facts that turned into Guinn taking a trip up North to see the jolly man in person and hear his story, and now you can read the story here!

 

Book #14: “Miracle on 34th Street” by Valentine Davies

375108Interestingly, he originally wrote the story for film but then rewrote it as a the novelization we see here. Do you believe Santa is real? Because Kris Kringle (that’s the character’s actual name) believes he is THE Kris Kringle, and does whatever he can to make the children happy. But some people don’t believe he’s Santa, and are most certainly not feeling the good Christmas cheer…

 

Book #15: “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King” by E.T.A. Hoffmann

19012900This is the original Nutcracker story, the story that inspired the ballet that everyone has heard of but fewer probably know that story of. A little girl receives a nutcracker for Christmas from her uncle. That night, he comes alive to defend her from the Mouse King. Then she is whisked away to a magical land of dolls. Find out what happens by reading this tale that has evolved from text to performance.

 

6548291Book #16: “You Better Not Cry” by Augusten Burroughs

Burroughs recounts holiday experiences from childhood to adulthood in this collection of stories that can be sometimes humorous and at other times heartbreaking.

 

Book #17: “The Christmas Magic” by Lauren Thompson

In this special book we see a tale coupled with beautiful illustrations of Christmas joy being spread to all the children. Everyone deserves a little Christmas magic!

 

 

Book #18: “Prancer” by Stephen Cosgrove

314ecf-7tl-_bo1204203200_A girl finds a reindeer who she believes is one of Santa’s reindeer. Based on the screenplay of the movie.

 

Book #19: “The Christmas Day Kitten” by James Herriot

588252Herriot is known for his animal stories, and here is the story of a special Christmas kitten.

 

Book #20: “Krampus: The Yule Lord” by Brom

13505670This skillfully illustrated story chronicles the feud between the terrifying Krampus and a Santa that may have a few dark secrets of his own. Jesse Walker, a struggling songwriter in West Virginia, is thrown in the middle of it one Christmas Eve when he witnesses seven devilish creatures chasing Santa. Will Jesse survive Christmas? Will the Yule Lord succeed in catching Santa? There is only one way to find out…

 

3300121Book #21: “Holidays on Ice” by David Sedaris

This collection of short stories is a humorous glimpse at the life of a writer during the holidays, from being a Macy’s elf to being locked out in a snowstorm. Also included in this updated version are stories of other holidays, including Halloween and Easter. No matter what time of year, this will be fun to read!

 

Book #22: “Kringle” by Tony Abbott

340108This book begins in 500 A.D., when goblins kidnap human children and make them work in mines. The only problem is that one of these kids is destined to free the other children and become the legendary Kris Kringle. This coming-of-age story puts a unique spin on the Santa Claus character. If you’re a fantasy book lover, you’ll probably want to read this!

 

Book #23: “Miracle and Other Christmas Stories” by Connie Willis

miracle608987This anthology includes eight magical Christmas-themed short stories to get you in the holiday spirit. The cast of characters includes a woman looking for love and finding her guardian angel, a narcissist trapped in a toy store during the Christmas shopping season (oh, the horror!), three modern-day wisemen, and a homeless man and his wife among others.

 

Book #24: “The Night Before Christmas” by Clement Clarke Moore

23864516Many know this classic poem. It is the story you read out loud to your family on Christmas Eve, the one that incites the magical spirit of Christmas. You could probably recite it if you wanted, but it’s nice to see how many different illustrated versions have been made of it. This book could be the start of a new family tradition!

 

Book #25: “The Cat Who Came Home For Christmas” by Cleveland Amory

58816Because, seriously, what’s better to get on Christmas Day than a book with an adorable cat on the cover? Except maybe the cat itself. Amory rescues the kitten from a snowy New York City alley and, in this book, tells that tale in the spirit of the holiday season.

And that concludes the 2016 Buck Off Magazine Christmas Facebook Book Advent! Merry Christmas to all and to all a good read!

 

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