It’s one of the mainstays of fiction: the Christmas book. Dozens, if not more, come out each year. Whether they’re contemporary or historical, realistic or fantasy, adult, YA, or children’s, if you’re looking for a book to get you into the spirit of Christmas, you don’t have to look far.

I have a stack of children’s Christmas book I pack up with the Christmas decorations in January and pull out again for a “brief visit” during the Christmas season. God Gave Us Christmas by Lisa Tawn Bergren is a favorite, as is Merry Christmas, Big Hungry Bear by Don and Audra Wood (a gift from my almost-11-year-old’s preschool teacher). And this year, we’re adding Annika’s Secret Wish by Beverly Lewis to our collection.

There are “chapter books” for kids with a Christmas theme (my daughter is currently reading Paige the Christmas Play Fairy by Daisy Meadows), and of course full-length novels from likely nearly every publisher on earth. Just search for “Christmas novel” at your favorite search engine or online bookstore and you will have many to choose from.

Short stories too, of course. The Gift of the Magi is a favorite of mine, as well as several others. And about three years ago, the FaithWriters Writing Challenge had an entire quarter dedicated to Christmas. Just looking through friends’ FaithWriter profiles for the last few months of 2008 can bring you some wonderful stories about that holiday.

And then, of course, there’s the BEST Christmas story – the one to be found in God’s Word. Luke and Matthew certainly have a way with words, don’t they? We love reading the gospel accounts when we open gifts with the kids. No better way to remember the true meaning of Christmas.

What’s your favorite Christmas read (besides His Word)? Have you ever written a Christmas story? Have you thought of writing a Christmas novel?

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