Read a Christmas classic

By Blue Ridge Books | Nov 28, 2012

Blue Ridge Books has a wide variety of Christmas books to celebrate the season. New Christmas books are published each season, but you may want to give, read or reread a Christmas classic.  Here are some of the store's favorites:

First, the nativity story, illustrated in a variety of ways, told from different points of view, each conveying the meaning of the story of the birth of Jesus, told in the gospels of Matthew and Luke.

Next, there are the popular Santa stories, such as "The Polar Express," "The Night Before Christmas," and "Rudolph." Don't forget Dr. Seuss' "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," "The Nutcracker," based on the Tchaikovsky ballet, books based on familiar carols such as "The Twelve Days of  Christmas."

Slightly lesser known classics include "Christmas Day in Morning" by Pearl Buck and"The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree" by the Appalachian author Gloria Houston. Originally published in 1955, Pearl Buck's book is a heartwarming story about sacrifice and the spirit of giving.  Gloria Houston's book tells a story inspired by her mother's childhood in Appalachia during World War. This book is a treasured tradition for many families.

Christmas classics aren't just for children. You can't go wrong rereading the familiar story of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. "The Gift of the Magi" by O. Henry reminds readers young and old what love and sacrifice means at Christmas. "A Christmas Memory" by Truman Capote and "A Child's Christmas in Wales" by Dylan Thomas bring us the Christmas spirit as it can only be seen through the eyes of a child.