The 30 best christmas books of all time

December is supposed to be the most wonderful time of year, but for a lot of adults, the youthful magic of the holiday season is nearly impossible khổng lồ find underneath all of the căng thẳng and anxiety that comes with being a grown-up at Christmas. Instead of worrying about shopping, gift wrap, và decorating this year, let yourself truly embrace the holiday season like you did when you were young with one of these classic Christmas books for adults that prove sầu the holiday isn"t just for kids.

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When I was younger, I looked forward to lớn Christmas break for a lot of reasons: the presents, the food, the time off from school. Most importantly, though, I couldn"t wait khổng lồ have sầu an entire week to lớn read books for fun và not for class. A true book-nerd from an early age, I still look forward to lớn continuing that same childish tradition every December, only with more grown-up books.

The holidays can be overwhelming as an adult tasked with gift shopping, present wrapping, and hosting duties. It"s easy khổng lồ get caught up in the to-bởi vì lists and thua thảm track of the true spirit of the holiday, but I have sầu found one of the best ways to stay merry và bright around Christmas time is khổng lồ read festive sầu stories. In the midst of all the holiday chaos, nothing beats curling up on the couch with a warm blanket, a hot beverage, & a good book to read by the light of the Christmas tree. Reading a festive sầu novel serves as a great reminder of how the holidays are really supposed to lớn be: cozy, jolly, & peaceful.

Everyone knows the holiday classics A Christmas Carol và "The Gift of the Magi," but there is a lot more lớn festive sầu literature than just Charles Dickens và O. Henry. If you are looking for a new classic to help get you in the holiday spirit. here are 11 adult Christmas novels that will have you ho-ho-hoing in no time.



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While it may *technically* be a children"s story, Louisa May Alcott"s classic is a moving work of timeless literature adults of all ages can get lost during the holiday season. A heart-warming tale of sisterhood, love sầu, & growing up, Little Women features one of the most iconic Christmas scenes in the book world, a beloved family every reader has dreamed of spending the holiday with.


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The holidays are supposed khổng lồ be about peace, goodness, and charity, but in Sherloông xã Holmes"s fictional world, the bad guys never take a rest. In the classic Arthur Conan Doyle story "The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle," the author"s famed detective sầu và his trusted companion Watson are tasked with solving an intriguing Christmas mystery involving a stolen jewel, a holiday goose, & an old hat. Fun and festive sầu, readers will love the gift of playing detective sầu alongside their favorite book characters.


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In this slim classic, author Truman Capote shares his most beloved, not to lớn mention heartwarming, childhood Christmas memories with readers in a short but enchanting story about tradition và family. A beautiful and festive book, A Christmas Memory is the kind of story readers will want lớn read again & again all holiday season long.

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Not everyone feels warm and tingly around the holidays, but even if you"re a Christmas-hater, there is still a festive sầu book for you: Stephen King"s Pet Cemetery. Though the terrifying tale is usually considered a horror classic, not a traditional holiday story, King"s frightening story about demonic animals that return from the dead does have sầu a Christmas setting. Leave it to the Master of Horror lớn remind you that no matter what time of year it is, no one is ever really safe.



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Speaking of dead animals, James Kirkwood"s uproarious holiday novel about a struggling actor who is dumped by his girlfriend, mourning the loss of his recently deceased mèo, và feeling more depressed than ever when his apartment is mèo burgled by a gay man who makes him question everything he thought he knew about himself và his sexuality is the kind of dark comedy that will cheer up any lonely reader this Christmas. Phường.S. Your Cat Is Dead is a friendly holiday reminder that no matter how stressful your Christmas is, it could always, always get worse, và that it will get better.


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If you"ve ever dreamed of spending the holidays in Camelot, your Christmas wish can come true with Sir Gawain & the Green Knight, an anonymously written story about a mysterious knight, his violent challenge, & the one thành viên of King Arthur"s court who was willing lớn face him: Sir Gawain. While there may be dozens of translations, including J.R.R. Tolkien"s 1979 retelling, Michael Morpurgo và Michael Forman"s picture book adaptation, but my favorite translation comes from Simon Armitage whose 2008 version transforms one of the earliest Yuletide tales into lớn an imaginative sầu and festive narrative true literature buffs will love sầu.

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This novel from the celebrated author of Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe may only be 14 years old, but it was an instant classic for this reader. A Redbird Christmas is a heartwarming tale about one dying man"s journey home khổng lồ a forgotten corner of Alabama for what may be his last holiday there. Featuring a cast of loveable characters readers won"t soon forget, this beautiful Christmas tale is charming enough to grow even the Grinch"s heart two sizes.


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In another classic holiday mystery, one Agatha Christie"s most beloved detectives, Monsieur Hercule Poirot, is faced with not one but five Christmas mysteries involving death, suicide, theft, and everyone"s favorite holiday dessert: pudding. A fun và alluring tale, The Adventures of the Christmas Pudding is a delectable holiday treat for mystery fans & festive readers alượt thích.

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Dating all the way baông xã khổng lồ 1831, Nikolai Gogol"s The Night Before Christmas is nothing lượt thích the poem you remember reciting in grade school. Rather, it"s a hilariously dark Russian comedy about a blacksmith who battles with the devil for his true love, his hometown, and his own soul. A fun & uproarious folktale, this holiday story will have sầu you laughing all the way to Christmas.


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