There are very few holiday occasions that can top Christmastime. But however enjoyable it can be, it can also be the most stressful time of the year. Fortunately, we have just the right remedy to get you out of that rut quickly; holiday books for the holiday season.
There are plenty of books for both adults and kids that you should consider picking up to keep you in the right spirit. Besides, there’s nothing like grabbing an intriguing book to read as the evening ushers in the night.
We’ve put together a list featuring the best books to read on the holiday evening. So, without further ado, head over to your favorite evening chill spot and read any one of these books below.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
Ideal for children aged three and above, this classic by Dr. Seuss is an excellent way to get you or your kids in a festive mode. Although the book feels like it was meant for children, it contains adult moments and humor that most adults would relate to.
The book is about the bad-tempered and anti-social Grinch who hates Christmas for his reasons. His hatred leads him to stop all Christmas festivities by stealing all the Christmas presents and decorations.
The book brings out commercialism in society while promoting the values of love and community. It does this ever so well, combining wit and humor. Get the holiday conversation going by talking to friends and family about various customs.
A Christmas Carol
Are you looking for a short Christmas story? First published in 1843, a Christmas Carol is a timeless classic by Charles Dickens that will get you in a festive mode once you read the book. Unlike many other novels, you can comfortably finish reading the book in one sitting.
The book tells the tale of a mean-spirited man called Ebenezer Scrooge. If he is not winning, he is busy ruining the holiday festivities for others around him. However, it is later revealed that his partner died seven years ago, leaving him depressed.
Throughout the book, you will find many themes still relevant today. For instance, many people are inhospitable and are always thinking about themselves. Besides, it will get you in a festive mode after you are done reading the book
Romeo and Juliet
This romance masterpiece by William Shakespeare is a genuinely exceptional novel because of its strong universal themes. Although it was written at a time far from ours, it is entirely possible to relate to the problems people face today as described by the author.
The book is about two individuals who fall in love and tragically die. There are very few novels that have managed to capture the hearts of many like Romeo and Juliet. The book follows the lives of two teens who get caught up in the crossfire of their disputing families.
What better way to unwind after a long day than reading this classic novel? Other than love, the book is entertaining as it brings out important messages about society. This masterpiece deserves a space on your bookshelf.
Although this book doesn’t have a Christmas-related theme, reading Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling is an excellent way to spend your holidays. Known for its engaging fictional tales coupled with witty and heart-warming writing, you will quickly understand why Christmas presents the perfect opportunity to read Harry Potter.
However dark the book might be in several instances, it excels in bringing out Christmastime as a happy time. For example, Harry’s first year at Hogwarts is marked with festive activities in the wizardry world. Not only that, but dozens of instances will definitely put you in a jolly good festive mode.
One Day in December
One day in December is a classic novel that details an unforgettable love story. The book is about two people with a multitude of chances to make their love dreams come true. Written by Josie Silver, this love story brings out strong themes of romance and holiday festivities.
The book takes off when Laurie sees her perfect man in a bus station after her bus broke down on a snowy day in December. However, before she makes her move, she is separated from him, only to reunite a year later at a party where the mysterious man appears as her best friend’s date.
What follows is an immense love story filled with heartbreak and missed opportunities. Besides, the book will get your appetite for the holidays going.
The Greatest Gift
If you haven’t seen the Oscar-winning classic movie, ‘It’s a Wonderful Life,’ it would be great for you to pick up this book as it was the movie’s main inspiration. The novel is written by Philip Van Doren, and it was initially published back in 1943.
The book is about George Pratt, who is on the verge of committing suicide on Christmas eve. However, a stranger approaches him and grants him his wishes to never be born again. The book takes a turn for the wild as George gets to see life and Christmas in general for what it is. He later understands what life’s ‘greatest gift’ is.
One of the best ways to unwind after a long day, week, or even year is by reading an engaging novel. If you’re not yet up to speed with the holiday season, you should strongly consider reading these novels. Not only are they fun to read, but they have great stories to learn from. So, what are you waiting for? Pick up any one of these books during this holiday period and relax.