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Are you ready for the holidays? We’re close at our house. Although busy, it is a beautiful time of year filled with traditions and among my favorites are two boxes of holiday goods that we bring in from the garage (the Clark Griswold style box of lights is definitely not a favorite).

DSCN3739The first box is full of Christmas tree ornaments; each one with its own story and memories. The second box is full of Christmas books. It is an ordinary looking cardboard box with some long forgotten sharpie filing system notes on the side and old packing tape hanging from the bottom. But the treasures it holds within are amazing. Its books are brilliant displays of festive color and rhyme. Every year we open the box to reveal the retelling of Jesus’ birth, lost reindeer adventures, guessing games with Santa, musical mouse tales and more.

And to be honest, while I love these books, it is the act of slowing down to snuggle in front of the fireplace and read aloud with our whole family that I cherish. I remember when my mother and father would read them to me and now I read them to my own children. We’ve also added many new books they’ve received over the years to the box. Each holds a memory and many have inscriptions, “Merry Christmas, Holly! Love, Aunt Louise, 1975.”

“Who is Aunt Louise?” My children ask. “She was your great grandmother’s aunt who lived in Boston,” and we get a chance to talk about each of the relatives and friends that have gifted a book to our box. Holiday magic, indeed.

So if you have that young person on your Christmas list and you want to give them something that will last longer than a plastic toy, please consider a holiday book to put under the tree. It is something that will provide lasting memories for years and generations to come.

Here are three Christmas books by BQB Publishing author, Cheryl Campbell that I know you and the youngsters in your life will love:

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And here are several (non-Christmas) books for children with beautiful illustrations that make wonderful gifts for any time of year.

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And be sure to remember the inscription! It will be read over and over again.

Do you have a favorite Holiday book to read with your family?