The tradition of reading Christmas stories is a magical part of the festive season, creating special bedtime moments for children. However, choosing the right story is key! It sparks the imagination and captures the true Christmas spirit, making every night leading up to the big day a memorable one.
Here are our favourite Christmas stories to read at bedtime:
1. A Christmas Carol
Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” features Ebenezer Scrooge, a man who dislikes Christmas. Haunted by ghosts showing his life’s impact, he realises his meanness. On Christmas, he awakens kinder, embracing the Christmas spirit of generosity. Read the full story here.
2. The Night Before Christmas
The Night Before Christmas by Clement Clarke Moore is a cherished Christmas poem. It brings to life the magical night when Santa visits, with his reindeer and a sack of toys. As children sleep and stockings hang ready, the poem shares the excitement and joy of Christmas Eve, ideal for a festive bedtime story.
3. The Grinch Who Stole Christmas
The story of the Grinch is one of a man who tries to ruin Christmas for Whoville by taking all the decorations and gifts. Yet, despite having nothing, the town’s joyous spirit surprises him. He realises Christmas joy comes from togetherness, not things, leading to a change of heart and a happy ending. Read The Grinch Who Stole Christmas here.
4. The Polar Express
Chris Van Allsburg’s “The Polar Express” is about a boy’s magical train journey to the North Pole on Christmas Eve. It’s a tale of adventure and belief, culminating in a special bell from Santa that rings for true believers. Read the full magical story here.
5. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Robert L. May’s story of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” tells the tale of Rudolph, a reindeer who is teased for his glowing red nose. However, he soon becomes a hero when he guides Santa’s sleigh on a foggy Christmas Eve, proving that being different is valuable.
6. The Legend of the Poinsettia
“The Legend of the Poinsettia” is a Mexican tale where a girl’s humble roadside weeds transform into red poinsettias at a nativity, symbolising the true spirit of heartfelt giving at Christmas. You can read this story here.
7. The Jolly Christmas Postman
“The Jolly Christmas Postman” weaves a festive tale of a postman delivering letters to fairy-tale characters. It’s an interactive adventure filled with letters and puzzles for children to explore online, adding fun to the holiday season as they follow the postman’s Christmas journey. Listen to the full story here.
8. The Elves and the Shoemaker
It is a festive tale of a struggling shoemaker who becomes prosperous with the help of mysterious elves crafting shoes overnight. It’s a story that celebrates kindness and the joy of giving back, perfect for feeling the Christmas spirit. Read it here.
Reading Christmas stories at bedtime is a magical tradition that brings families together during the festive season. It’s a time for parents and children to share in the spirit of Christmas through tales that spark the imagination and warm the heart. By creating your own tradition with these timeless stories, you’re not just telling tales but making memories that will last a lifetime.