One of the things I like to do to get into the Christmas spirit, is to read a good book on Christmas Eve. If you would like to know which five books I enjoy on Christmas Eve, read on!
5. Hogfather by Terry Pratchett.
While Hogfather may not be about about Christmas, it is set at the time of Hogswatch- the
Discworld’s equivalent of Christmas. And just as we have Father Christmas, in the Discworld, they have the Hogfather. Until one year, when he does missing but not to worry, Death decides to fill his place. Like all the Discworld novels, Higfather is full of humorous moments, like Death be a department store’s Hogfather; but it explores the importance of belief and how belief in something can make it real. Hogfather is a fun read that pokes fun at some Christmas traditions.
4. The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis.
This is one of my favourite books to read as a child and even now reading the moment when Lucy steps into Narnia, brings back memories. And lets face it, as a child, the scene with Father Christmas was probably the one that stuck out. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is a classic and if its wintery landscape and visit from Father Christmas doesn’t put you in the mood for Christmas, I don’t know what will.
3. Letters From Father Christmas by J.R.R. Tolkien.
From C.S Lewis, we move onto J.R.R. Tolkien, Letters from Father Christmas is a collections of letters that J.R.R. Tolkien wrote for his children, from 1920 to 1943, as Father Christmas. With each letter, he builds on the world of the North Pole, goblins and adventures with polar bears. The edition I have also has pictures of the original letters complete with their drawings. Each letter is beautifully written and strengthens the belief that Tolkien was an incredibly imaginative author.
4. The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore.
T’was the night before Christmas, when all thro’ the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
Just reading those lines makes me all nostalgic, as I had to recite the poem at school when I was about seven years old. The Night Before Christmas is probably one of the most iconic Christmas poems written. It tells of the moment of Christmas Eve when a man discovers Father Christmas filling his childrens’ stockings. While it is a short and easy read, it will leave you with a feel-good feeling.
5. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.
You didn’t think this list was going to all be about Father Christmas, did you? I’m not going to go into the story as I think it is pretty well known. A Christmas Carol is one of my favourite Dickens novels and it delivers all the Christmas messages of hope, forgiveness and love. Its quite a short novel but is still able to pack alot of story; as the ghosts of past, present and future try to show Scrooge the error of his ways. If you don’t want to give A Christmas Carol a go, all I can say is Bah, Humbug!
And there are five books I like to read around Christmas. Is there a book or poem you like to read at this time of year? What are your thoughts on the books I’ve listed?
All book cover images were found on goodreads.com.