Charles Dicken’s A Christmas Carol, is a Christmas classic that has been read and enjoyed by children since 1843. No doubt the author’s stay at a factory in London where he worked alongside impoverished children played a significant role in the creation of A Christmas Carol. Charles was 12 years old when he stayed at the factory while his father served a three month prison sentence for not paying off his bills.
Lessons on Love Stored in the Pages of a Children’s Christmas Classic
Ebenezer Scrooge is a hard hearted businessman who extracts sweat from his clerk Bob Cratchit. Three ghosts visit Ebenezer Scrooge in effort to get him to soften his heart and become aware of the effect the choices he makes have on other people’s lives. One ghost causes Ebenezer Scrooge to revisit his childhood, an experience that evokes tenderness from the hard charging businessman.
The second ghost lets Ebenezer Scrooge see the plight of Bob Cratchit’s son, Tiny Tim, if he does not receive treatment of the ailment that has left him physically crippled. The third ghosts, the Ghost of Christmas Future takes Ebenezer Scrooge on a ride into the future.
At the end of the nightly visions, Ebenezer Scrooge is found a changed man. His heart is softer and he demonstrates his concern and care for Bob and Tiny Tim Cratchit and their entire family by visiting on the holiday and joyously sharing the love and laughter found in his softened heart.
Charlie Brown and Dr. Seuss: Christmas Classics
Dr. Seuss and Charlie Brown are favorite creators of children’s Christmas books in the United States. How The Grinch Stole Christmas is another favorite of young readers and parents. The book became so popular that television cartoons and a major motion picture version of the classic story featuring Jim Carrey have been released. How The Grinch Stole Christmas shows how the people of Whoville can move the hearts of the Grinch and his faithful dog, Max, by continuing to appreciate their blessings even after the Grinch concocts a devious scheme and steals their presents.
A Charlie Brown Christmas written by Charles Schultz, writer of the famous “Peanuts” comic strip, takes young readers on a comical journey with Charlie and his side kick, Snoopy. While going to hang out with his friends at a frozen local pond, Charlie tells his friend, Linus, that the commercialism of Christmas has him feeling a bit down. By the story’s end children and their parents are reminded of the real meaning of Christmas and the celebration of the birth of Jesus, the Christ.
More Children’s Christmas Literature Classics
Christmas Day In The Morning written by Bucks County Pennsylvania Nobel and Pulitzer Prize award winning author, Pearl S. Buck, is another well written children’s Christmas book parents and children can enjoy. Christmas Day In The Morning tells the story of a boy named Rob who longs to have the money to buy a good gift for his father. Rob lays in bed thinking about the story his father told him about a stable like the one Jesus, the Christ, was born to earth in. On Christmas morning and yet without money, Rob devises a plan. He wakes in the morning all by himself, rushes to his father and greets him with a big hug and loads of love.
O Christmas Tree written by Vashanti Rahaman incorporates West Indian Christmas traditions into its pages. One of the book’s main characters, Anslem, tries to patch up a pine tree. He longs to celebrate the winter holiday like mainstream Westerners. Before the story ends, Anslem learns the value of family and love and that material belongings cannot replace these priceless treasures.
An Angel Just Like Me written by Mary Hoffman lets children and adults glimpse inside the life of Tyler, an African American boy who examines his family’s Christmas tree and wonders why the angel decorations never resemble African American boys. One day after young Tyler spends hours searching for an angel that looks like he does, a carved gift arrives. Inside is an angel in the semblance of an African American boy. Tyler shares the news with his friends and they too, children from Hispanic, Asian and other cultures and heritages, are excited to find a hand carved angel that looks like them as well.