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Celebrating Christmas through the magic of storytelling

What are you reading for this holiday season? With the holiday season upon us, I thought I would ask one great mom blogger that knows all about books and more: Cookie’s Mom.

Meet Sue. I assure you that you do want to grab some cookies and milk to read some of these books for the season. I hope that you get a chance to see her book selection and read more about her book reviews. So, let’s cuddle up with these favorite books for the season from Cookie’s Mom (and mine as well). This is her story on how she celebrates the holidays in her home and around Cookie.

In my house, we start to celebrate Christmas on the first weekend of December by setting up the Christmas tree and decorating the house. We have snow here in November, so the atmosphere outdoors is set. Our outdoor lights stay up all year, so all we have to do is flip a switch on December 1st, hang up some wreaths and bows and we’re good to go. Then it’s time to decorate the interior of the house to match the Christmas-y mood outside. The tree goes up and the Santa Claus train, driven by Rudolph, is placed around its base. Stockings are hung, Christmas music floats from room to room, and we begin to enjoy our favorite Christmas stories once more.

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My son is four years old, so we read mostly picture book versions of our favorites. As he gets older, these stories, in their original forms, will remain very much a part of our Christmas celebrations.

We love the Christmas story classics: A Charlie Brown Christmas, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, The Polar Express, A Christmas Carol, and The Night Before Christmas. Today I want to share with you four stories that aren’t all specifically Christmas themed, but that speak to the lessons and sentiments that the Christmas season is all about.

The Snowman by Raymond Briggs – It’s not technically a Christmas story, and it contains no words. We love that we get to make up the story ourselves. The result is a very warm story about friendship and it sets the tone for this magical season!

Stick Man by Julia Donaldson, author of The Gruffalo – This is the story of Stick Man who is carried farther and farther away from his home where he longs to be with his stick lady love and his stick children three. He and Santa find each other in trouble. Stick man helps Santa to deliver the last of his presents and Santa returns Stick Man to his loving family. 

The Missing Mitten Mysteryby Steven Kellogg – Annie loses a red mitten. She and her dog, Oscar, retrace their steps to find it. We learn of the fun that Annie and Oscar have had that day in the snow. In the end, Annie finds that her missing red mitten has become the heart of a snowman.

Bear Stays Up For Christmas by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman – Bear’s friends help Bear to stay awake this year so he won’t miss any of the joys of Christmas. This is a wonderful story about friendship and it teaches that it is better to give than to receive.

Cookie’s Book Club is a place for me to share my passion for reading. My hope is to provide a little help in navigating the vast selection of books available today by telling you about some of my favorite reads. I have very eclectic interests, so you’ll find something for just about every taste. I’ll also bring you some fascinating interviews with the authors themselves.

You’ll find that many of the selections I choose to tell you about are from independent (self-published) authors. There are some fantastic reads out there that you may never see in your local bookstore. And besides, you don’t need me to tell you about the Stieg Larssons and J.K. Rowlings of the world.


So, who’s Cookie? Cookie is my son – his name is actually Jack, but before he was born he was affectionately known as Cookie.

You can read all about that at the book club’s parent blog, Cookie’s Chronicles. That’s me, Cookie’s Mom, on the left, but you can call me Sue. I invite you to read more about me and Cookie.

Barbara Mascareno

Barbara is an educational writer, teacher, and instructional designer. She loves to write K-12 education content, teaching strategies, bilingual education approaches, and foreign language.

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