When I was a little girl, my dad would read aloud The Night Before Christmas every Christmas Eve while my brother and I sat in rapt attention. We would snuggle together on the couch, listening to our father's lyrical voice quote the poem we probably now know better than any other. We'd ooh and ahh over our book's illustrations, then giggle at Santa's "little round belly that shook when he laughed, like a bowl of jelly."
Now, my brother and I are adults, but I still make my dad read us The Night Before Christmas every Christmas Eve. My brother rolls his eyes, but I know he loves it too. It's a tradition, and traditions, if done often enough, can become sacred. One day, when I have kids of my own, I hope I'll get to share this tradition, this precious holiday classic, with them.
Maybe you're hoping to start your own holiday tradition this season. If so, we'd like to recommend our favorite holiday classics, books you can read aloud to your children as you sit, cuddled on the couch, celebrating the magic of the season.