Christmas books for the holidays

Read these Christmas books for some sanity this holiday season.

Festive cheer embraces your home, as the jingle bells rock and the holly christens your front door, there’s an undeniable sense of joy in the air and you can feel the holiday spirit all around you. Sometimes, the holidays get a bit intense though; short funny Christmas stories, kids running around the house, family members stepping on your toes one too many times and the dog that won’t stop begging for its’ Christmas ball to be thrown again and again. These are the best Christmas books to read this holiday. The following Christmas books will have you curled up by the fire or lounging out in your hammock keeping you engaged and on edge all through the holidays.

The internet is like an open library, making reading books online easy and accessible. If you’re taking a break from studying online or from one of our online short courses in partnership with the University of Stellenbosch business school executive development (USB-ED), these Christmas books are perfect for you this holiday season.

  • A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

“He had so heated himself with rapid walking in the fog and frost, this nephew of Scrooge’s, that he was all in a glow; his face was ruddy and handsome; his eyes sparkled, and his breath smoked again.” – Charles Dickens

Written by Charles Dickens  in 1843; A Christmas Carol inspires a message of redemption, love, and the goodwill of the season. It is one of the best Christmas books to read as the message and the plot never get old. It teaches us to be humble and accept where we are in life. The plot is centred around an old, bitter man, uncle Scrooge who is visited by three ghosts who take him on a journey through Christmases past, present, and future.

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  • A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote

“Those who Know Best decide that I belong in a military school. And so follows a miserable succession of bugle-blowing prisons, grim reveille-ridden summer camps. I have a new home too. But it doesn’t count. Home is where my friend is, and there I never go.” – Truman Capote

A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote is undeniably one of the best Christmas books available to date. The book is almost like a collection of short funny Christmas stories, however with a twist. Capote’s A Christmas Memory nostalgically remembers the last Christmas that he enjoyed as a seven-year-old boy with his “sixty-something” cousin, who called him Buddy in memory of a boy who had once been his best friend. Buddy lives with this cousin and other relatives in a spreading old house in a country town. The book is essentially a collection of autobiographical stories from the author’s childhood.

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  • The Nutcracker and the Mouse King by E.T.A. Hoffmann

“Tell me, Godfather Drosselmeier, is it then really true that you invented mousetraps?” “How can you ask such a silly question?” said his mother, but the Counsellor smiled mysteriously, and said in an under tone, “Am I a skilful watchmaker, and yet not able to invent a mousetrap?” – E.T.A. Hoffmann

First published in 1816, The Nutcracker and the Mouse King by E.T.A. Hoffmann is a children’s fantasy novel that embraces age old traditions, in ways that few other Christmas books can. The book embraces the magical spirit of Christmas and brings a nutcracker doll to life only to fight an army of mice. The personified nutcracker is later revealed as a young man once cursed by the mouse queen. This is a brilliant Christmas book for kids and adults alike. Embrace the magic and be captivated by Hoffmann’s unique style of writing.

If you’re reading books online or searching through open library content and need to get a hard copy of the book you can order it here

The above Christmas books embrace the magic of the season with short funny Christmas stories that bring the spirit of goodwill and love back into your heart effortlessly. Keep checking back on our blog page for more exciting books to read.

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