old favorites for Christmas

This year, for the first time in 10 years, I’m not featuring any new Christmas titles.

Instead, I’m going to highlight ten vintage titles that are amongst my favorites of the almost-150 gems already in my Christmas lists.
(That’s a lot of Christmas books!)

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Christmas in Noisy Village

Some of these books are out of print now, but they’re worth searching out, every one!
Click on the title to find my original review.

Most Warmhearted Family Story (written, of course, by Shirley Hughes)

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Angel Mae

Funniest Christmas Story

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The Christmas Crocodile

Most Dear and Simultaneously Quirky Portrait of Christmas Spirit
(plus — plum cream cake!)

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Christmas Eve at the Mellops

Loveliest Holiday Read-Aloud

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The Family Under the Bridge

Most Imaginative Christmas Ever

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The Father Christmas Letters

Best Real Portrayal of Christmas from a Child’s Eye

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Lucy & Tom’s Christmas

Most All-Encompassing Pictorial Survey of Christmas

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Peter Spier’s Christmas

Quietest Nativity Story

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There Was No Snow on Christmas Eve

Favorite Scandinavian Christmas Book

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Christmas in Noisy Village

Best Book for Inspiring Simple Holiday Traditions

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Christmas Tree Memories


Find dozens and dozens of holiday titles, new and old, religious and not, old-fashioned and richly diverse — all on my Christmas listing here.

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And find dozens and dozens more wintery titles celebrating all things cold and snowy on my Winter Stories list here.

Next week I’ll have some more cream-of-the-crop 2019 titles that have absolutely nothing to do with the holidays, so do come back!