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Top 4 Classic Christmas Stories

Date: 8th December 2016
Author: Sarah Twist
Publisher: Darwin Escapes

Christmas is the time of year for gathering around and listening to long told stories and festive tales

Who doesn’t love a classic Christmas story? This months Darwin Book Corner is a gathering of DE HQ’s favourite Christmas tales from years gone by. There are plenty of new festive tales out there but you just can’t beat a classic in my book, they have everything and have stood the test of time (in some cases hundreds of years!) to prove themselves the best and most Christmassy of stories!

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Written in 1843, this is a true Christmas classic that has been retold countless time, most notably in many a festive movie. My copy is very old and a little worn, but I have read it time and time again, although the movies are good adaptions, Dickens’ original holds all the dark and scary bits, that your imagination runs away with. The dark and spooky parts make Scrooges ultimate change all the more sweeter, becoming Tiny Tim’s saviour. Christmas is just not Christmas without A Christmas Carol, it actually has Christmas in the title! (that’s a lot of Christmas’)

The Night Before Christmas by Clement Clarke Moore

I have a feeling that when Mr Moore wrote this iconic poem, back in 1823, he didn’t think it would still be a staple nearly 200 years later! Everyone knows the words to this special festive poem, “Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse”. A great poem that will get even the Scroogiest Scrooge in the Christmas mood, and you’ll even learn all the reindeers names! This poem will have everyone rhyming along together.

How The Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss

Dr Seuss is one of my favourite authors, this particular story, written in 1956, follows the Grinch, who is a very grouchy creature, and wants to put a final stop to Christmas in Whoville by stealing all things Christmassy. But the Whovillian’s are resilient and prove that Christmas is about more than just ‘things’. Dr Seuss’ unique rhyming style sings to my soul and captures my imagination, every member of the family will be rhyming right along!

The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg

30 years ago this special Christmas story was first told and carved it’s way into the hearts of millions, and more recently Tom Hanks brought it to CGI life in the Oscar winning blockbuster. The story follows a boy who is questioning how real Santa is, he’s been told by a friend that he will never hear the bells of Santa’s sleigh. The boy gets a special ticket on The Polar Express to meet the jolly man himself, in the North Pole! He is chosen to receive the first Christmas present of the year and the boy chooses a bell from the reindeer’s harness, to remember for always. A heart warming tale of growing older and believing, a lovely story for all ages.

Christmas is a time for family, and quality time. Reading stories with the little ones with the exciting festive feel is creating memories that will last a lifetime. Which Christmas classic is your favourite?

Happy Story Time My Lovely Elves!

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