I know that Christmas falls on December 25th, but it seems like it comes earlier every year. I think if you’re in the mood for a Christmas book, whether it’s April or December, you should indulge yourself. But since it’s only a few weeks away, now is really the perfect time to be reminded of these seven great Christmas books for adults and for kids. They’re perfect picks to get you in the holiday spirit or help fuel your festive mood.
The inspiration behind Hallmark TV's Welcome to Christmas, this is a delightful novel about a small town Colorado sheriff who takes on a Grinch-like corporate executive who has pretty much killed the town's chance at being a Christmas resort. Madison doesn't want to lose her job, but she only has one chance to set things right. Can Sheriff Gage help her find her holiday spirit in time to save Christmas?
It's Christmastime in the North Carolina mountain town of Sweetwater Springs. Kaitlyn Russo is back in town, having inherited her grandparents' bed-and-breakfast. She just has to settle a bit of business with the other new owner, Mitch Hargrove, a handsome local who was hoping to leave town. But both their plans change when they meet. This charming holiday story teaches them both that sometimes the things you need most appear when you least expect them.
David Sedaris is a riot, and Holidays on Ice just might be the funniest book about Christmas in the English language. Whether you have never read it or you need a refresher, these outlandish Christmas tales are sure to make your belly shake like a bowl full of jelly. Pro tip: It's even more fun to hear Sedaris himself read these stories on audio, especially the one about his time as a Macy's Christmas elf.
A classic Christmas book to warm the cockles of your heart! It's about a tiny stray kitten who winds up in the Armory home on Christmas Eve and slowly wins over the curmudgeonly author with its independent spirit and adorableness. Who is actually doing the saving here? Plus, cats *and* Christmas. How can you go wrong?
And last but not least, a feel-good Christmas romance about the magic of Christmas and meeting under the mistletoe. Single mom Abbey gets a job working on the design of a millionaire's house. Nick had hired Abbey for a small job on his house before his family's visit. But with the snow falling and the fire roaring, they might wind up spending Christmas with each other instead.
The author of Love, Nina is back with a jolly holiday book full of anecdotes about the joys and hilarity of Christmastime. From her mother's quest for the perfect turkey (that she first lets defrost in the bathroom) to memories of Snowballs, a drink that mixes eggnog with lemonade (yuck), these laugh-out-loud tales sure to fill you with cheer. Anyone who has to spend holidays with their family will identify with her adventures.
Liberty Hardy is a Book Riot contributor, co-host of All the Books, a Book of the Month judge, and above all else, a ravenous reader. She resides in Maine with her cats, Steinbeck and Millay. You can see pictures of her cats and book hauls on Twitter @MissLiberty and Instagram @franzencomesalive.