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8 Great Holiday Stories for the Family

A few great stories -- think Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol or Clement C. Moore's The Night Before Christmas -- transformed the way we celebrate the season. And a great book is still the ultimate gift that keeps on giving. Read on for our picks for the best holiday books to read together, and try some of our activities to boost seasonal reading fun.
Christmas in the Manger Christmas in the Manger, by Nola Buck

Make this simple board book, with illustrations by Felicia Bond of If You Give a Mouse a Cookie fame, the first selection in an advent calendar of holiday-themed books. Individually wrap your collection of Christmas stories, number them from 1 to 24, and place them under the tree. For each night leading up to Christmas, open one and read it together.