Saturday, December 24, 2011

Great Christmas Stories

The Magic of Christmas

   Christmas is a magical time of year lights dazzle the streets, stockings
hang by the fire, and warmth fills the air. There are many things about the
Christmas season that can be enjoyed too. The heat of hot chocolate
after a cold winter day, sitting by the fire letting the snow melt from your
clothes, and curling up in bed to read a great Christmas story. Christmas
stories can be just as magical as the Christmas season. Here are a few I
have enjoyed over the years. I hope you enjoy them too.

The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
Synopsis: Take a ride aboard the polar express. There you will journey to
the North Pole.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss
Synopsis: Meet the Grinch a person who hates Christmas and tries to steal
it from Whoville.

The Carpenter's Gift by David Rubel
Synopsis: Join Henry and his father during the depression as they try to sell
Christmas trees in Manhattan.

The Wild Christmas Reindeer by Jan Brett
Synopsis: Teeka tries to train reindeers for Santa's upcoming flight but finds
there antlers tangled. Everything is going wrong. Can Teeka get the reindeer
ready in time?

The Spirit of Christmas by Nancy Tillman
Synopsis: The Spirit of Christmas comes like always that year. There were
lights outside, tinsel on trees, and ornaments hanging but something was
still missing. What could it be?

The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
Synopsis: Peter wakes up one day to find snow outside. He quickly puts on
his  snowsuit and wanders out to enjoy everything about the new fallen snow.

Rocking Horse Christmas by Mary Pope Osborne
Synopsis: A rocking horse is discovered under the Christmas tree. A little
boy hops on and goes on magical adventures. Soon he forgets about the
horse and it gallantly waits for a new owner up in the attic.

The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey by  Susan Wojciechowski
Synopsis: Jonathan Toomey, a great woodcarver, is alone for the holidays.
He had lost his family along time ago. This Christmas a boy and his mother
have a special request for the carver. Can they help bring joy back to his life?

A Christmas Carol (picture book) by Charles Dickens
Synopsis: Four ghosts visit a grumpy old man in hopes that he can discover
the true meaning of Christmas.

Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner 
Synopsis: Have your ever wondered what snowmen do at night? So did one
young child and he might have been right.

Just like these wonderful stories I hope you too have a magical Christmas!

R.J. Ropsen

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