The books are wrapped. The basket is packed. Our Christmas countdown with books has begun. While most of the books I've chosen are simple retellings of the first Christmas story, there are also a handful of living-literature books that depict Christmas celebrations and traditions from Christmases past. Incorporating historical fiction during this season of extravagance provides perspective. When reading about humble Christmases filled with simple pleasures like peppermint sticks and corn cob dolls, it's only natural for a child to look around at abundance and be grateful.
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Here's a look at some of our favorite living-literature Christmas books
Lucy's Christmas by Donald Hall
Prairie Christmas by Elizabeth van Steenwyk
My Prairie Christmas by Brett Harvey
The Money We'll Save by Brock Cole
The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey by Susan Wjociechowski
The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree by Gloria Houston
Christmas in the Trenches by John McCutcheon
Grandfather's Christmas Tree by Keith Strand
A Carpenter's Gift by David Rubel
Christmas in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Uncle Vova's Tree by Patricia Polacco
An Orange for Frankie by Patricia Polacco
For more great book suggestions, be sure to head to iHomeschool Network and check out the Massive Guide to Homeschool Reading Lists!