-by Emma Bilsborough, Sales & Marketing Coordinator

It can be really difficult to get into the Christmas spirit as an adult; it's an expensive time of year, most of us have to keep going to work everyday and miss out on some of the fun festive traditions, and then there's the added stress of secret Santa or choosing an outfit for the Christmas party.

But it's really important that we still find time to embrace the wonderful magic of Christmas, and not get lost in being grumpy about spending lots of money. Christmas is not about the presents that you buy for people, or who's got the most expensive looking Christmas tree, it's about the love that you have for the people in your life, it's about generosity and kindness and forgiveness, and what better way is there to remind yourself of these things than to dive into a literary classic like Dickens' A Christmas Carol or a heart-warming newcomer like Abi Elphinstone's The Snow Dragon.

So, in the grand tradition of Bookbarn Book Recommendations (you can read our Halloween recs here and our Summer reading list here), we've put together a list of festive favourites for you.

Top of the list is the most obvious Christmas book, and the best reminder that there's no use being grumpy about Christmas. Especially if you don't fancy being visited by the ghost of your late business partner and some of his spooky friends.

Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol is a story for the ages, teaching us that the spirit of Christmas is not in the giving of material gifts, but in kindness and hope and generosity, and that we should be inspired by the magic of Christmas throughout the year, not just during the festive season. It's my life's motto to "honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year".


We've got a few copies of this brilliant novel in stock, which you can take a look at here.

Another excellent story that will remind you of the true meaning of Christmas is Dr Seuss' much beloved tale, How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Has there ever been a moment in a story that has warmed you from your head to your toes in the way that this does;

“And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow,

stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so?

It came without ribbons. It came without tags.

It came without packages, boxes or bags.

And he puzzled and puzzled 'till his puzzler was sore.

Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before.

What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store.

What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.”


You can find this title online here, or pop into store to grab a copy.

Next up is another one for younger readers (though we must say, it's also an excellent read for grown ups), Tom Fletcher's The Christmasaurus - and its sequel, The Winter Witch - is a lovely story of an extraordinary young boy and his extraordinary friend.

“Belief is the most powerful magic there is. Believing is the only magic that makes the utterly impossible completely possible, and the undoubtedly undoable undeniable doable!”


Pop into store or give us a call to grab a copy of this brilliant title.

Another lovely story for Christmas time is The Polar Express, a tale which encourages us to believe in the magic of Christmas against all odds.

Polar exprtess

“At one time, most of my friends could hear the bell, but as years passed, it fell silent for all of them. Even Sarah found one Christmas that she could no longer hear its sweet sound. Though I've grown old, the bell still rings for me, as it does for all who truly believe.”

We've got brand new copies of this beautiful story in store. The perfect stocking filler!

Tolkien's Letters From Father Christmas is such a heartwarming collection, so of course it makes our list. It's a compilation of letters that he wrote to his own children from Father Christmas throughout their childhood, keeping the magic of believing alive for them.


"So, my dears, I hope you will be happy this Christmas and not quarrel, and will have some good games with your Railway all together. Don’t forget old Father Christmas, when you light your tree.”

Last on our list is Louisa May Alcott's brilliant Little Women. The very first word of this Children's classic is 'Christmas', so it's an obvious choice for our list of festive reads!


Also, nothing could sound lovelier than this:

"the rooms were very still while the pages were softly turned and the winter sunshine crept in to touch the bright heads and serious faces with a Christmas greeting".

You can find editions of this title online with us here.

These are just a few of the classic reads we love to return to each year, and we'd love it if you shared your favourites with us too. If you're looking to find a new favourite, why not come and browse our brand new book selection, where you also might find a perfect stocking filler or gift for a loved one.

Next week we will also be posting on our blog a last minute gift guide, reminding you of what you can pick up in store if you're getting close to the big day and feeling uninspired.

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