Christmas is all about nostalgia—we read the same time-tested stories to our kids, watch favorite movies with our family, sing carols written before our grandparents were born, and save our oldest and dearest ornaments for the prime spots on the tree.
Of course, there’s always room for a few new traditions as well—all of those great memories had to start somewhere. If you’re looking to load up your NOOK with books that you and your family are sure to enjoy for years to come, start by exploring our Holiday NOOK Books collection. Some of my favorite selections are below, but with over 100 titles to choose from, I’m sure you’ll find some gems of your own.
J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is sure to be one of the biggest movies this winter, but did you know that the legendary author started an incredibly heartwarming Christmas tradition with his own children? Every December an envelope bearing a stamp from the North Pole would arrive for Tolkien’s children. Inside would be a letter in a strange, spidery handwriting and a beautiful colored drawing or painting from Father Christmas. These beautiful correspondences are collected in this one-of-a-kind book.
The holidays are one of the busiest times of the year, so I’ll forgive you if you haven’t had as much reading time as you might like. If you’re looking for a Christmas tale without the time commitment, check out Bruno and the Carol Singers: A Christmas Mystery of the French Countryside, a charming short story from international bestselling author Martin Walker.
While good will and cheer abound during the holidays, you have to admit that sometimes the stress of shopping, wrapping, entertaining and traveling can take their toll. In his modern classic, Holidays on Ice, David Sedaris recounts some less-than-Rockwellian moments from his own quirky family’s holiday celebrations.
This beautifully-illustrated collection of favorite childhood Christmas stories, poems, and carols includes NOOK Read to Me narration, and is sure to be a perennial favorite for kids and adults alike.
I didn’t grow up with the Elf on a Shelf tradition, but it’s something I’m definitely going to add to my repertoire once my kids are old enough to enjoy it. In case you’re not familiar, parents place a toy elf on the shelf during the holiday season, so that he can keep an eye on little boys and girls and report back to Santa. It’s a great way to make sure the kids are on their best behavior, and this NOOK Kids Read & Play edition is a perfect introduction to a fun yearly tradition.
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