All I Want for Christmas…

Is there one book that really stands out as a gift that made a lasting impression? There is one book that immediately comes to my mind that I received when I was 8 years old. It’s called, My Big Christmas Book by Hayden McAllister and my dad gave it to me for Christmas. I poured over it that year and continued to read and re-read it for years after. It has many short stories, as well as songs and recipes, all interspersed between 24 installments of “Muffit, the little angel,” and it’s a whopping 327 pages!


The illustrations are charming, and the stories are heart-warming. It was a wonderful gift, and I’ve treasured it all these years.

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Is there a special book (it doesn’t have to be about Christmas) in your collection that someone gave you? What makes it special?

Book Art for Christmas

To some of us, books are sacred objects, and should be left in their natural state. To others, however, re-inventing or up-cycling a book can bring new life to one that would otherwise have sat unused and unread, gathering dust and providing no new joys or insights to its owner. With that in mind, I found some delightful tutorials on how to make festive holiday decorations using old books. May your books be merry and bright!

1. How to Make a Holiday Tree Using a Paperback Book by Jeannie Nadja

2. Recycled Book Wreath Tutorial by MadeByMarzipan

3. Christmas Crafts: Hand Made Christmas Tree Ornaments by Heather Minnow (2 out of the 3 ornaments use books)

Coffee Table Books for the Christmas Season

Sometimes it doesn’t really feel like Christmas until your books are Christmas too. If your coffee table hasn’t embraced the holiday season, maybe some of these titles will help make your space a truly festive one.

The Little Book of Snowflakes by Kenneth Libretto

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This book is on the small side, measuring about six inches square. But don’t let its size fool you. Full of astounding photographs of magnified snowflakes, many people have expressed their wonder and disbelief thumbing through this one. It’s a definite conversation-starter! Click here for more info.

The Christmas Tree Book – A Collection of Fantasy Trees by Sharon Hays

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This book is beautifully done, filled with full-page photos of celebrity Christmas trees and trees from landmark places like Biltmore and Graceland. It was published in 1998, so it is now out of print, but click here for some used copies. Well worth every penny, this is a lovely book to spruce up any table. (8×10″)

A Fairy Tale Christmas by Karen Anderson. Decorations by R. A. Pesce

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Set in Lyndhurst, in New York state, each of the 15 rooms is themed after a different fairy tale and viewed through a Christmas lens. There’s an Alice in Wonderland tree, a Sleeping Beauty tree, Princess and the Pea, Peter Pan, and many more. Vibrant, full-page photographs are beautiful and captivating. Click here for more info. (8×10″)

Christopher Radko’s Heart of Christmas by Olivia Bell Buehl

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If you are at all familiar with the art of Christopher Radko’s Christmas ornaments, you will want to make sure this book is part of your collection. Excellent photography depicting spectacular trees and beautiful decorations, this book will add some holiday cheer to any room when it’s on display. Printed in 2001, it is still easy to find. (8×10)

And Lastly, even if you’re all grown up, there are always those classic children’s Christmas books that we never get too old for. One of them is unquestionably, The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg.

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This book makes people’s hearts smile, and I guarantee your guests will start flipping through it just to see those familiar illustrations one more time. We all know this classic: it brings to life every child’s dream of meeting Santa. For that reason, I recommend adding it to your Christmas décor. Young or old, we all love it!

Favourite Christmas Books

For our neighbours to the south, the day after Thanksgiving marks the official start of the Christmas season. So in honour of our American friends, I thought I would do a post about Christmas memories. And since this blog focuses on books… You know where this is going.

One book that makes me pause and leaf through it every time I see it, is The Snowman by Raymond Briggs. I’m always a little sad at the end, but can’t help but get lost in the story again and again.

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Another one that recalls my earliest Christmas memories is The Story of Holly & Ivy by Rumer Godden. This book is so heart-warming, that I guarantee you will enjoy it if you haven’t read it. And if you have already read it, I know you will agree.

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And so, with that nod to the start of the Christmas Season, once again I put the question to you, my readers. What are your favorite Christmas books? They don’t have to be children’s books, like the ones I just listed, but please do share whatever they are!