So much of the Christmas season is simply magical during childhood: twinkling lights, glittering snow, crackling fires, the smell of warm cookies, favorite holiday songs, an abundance of decorations, the anticipation of giving and receiving gifts, etc… However you celebrate, what you love most is probably steeped in personal traditions that you look forward to every single year. Of course, a favorite tradition for many people is breaking out their beloved childhood Christmas books. You gotta love a good Christmas book! Whether your favorite characters include Scrooge, Charlie Brown, Rudolph, or the Grinch, surely there’s at least one story that you love to read every single year. I’ve realized, however, that some of my favorite Christmas stories aren’t really Christmas stories at all! But they have beautiful Christmas scenes that pull at my heartstrings whenever December rolls around.
So whether you’ve overdosed on too many Hallmark movies and need to take a step back, or all of a sudden it’s next June and you’re yearning for a little holiday spirit, here are five not-Christmas kids’ books with Christmas scenes that will put the warmth and magic right back in your heart: