It’s the holiday season which means we’re putting up trees, wrapping presents, doing our best to avoid hearing The Little Drummer Boy, and anxiously waiting for the next opportunity to watch Die Hard (it’s not really Christmas until Hans Gruber falls from Nakatomi Plaza).

It’s also a time for spreading joy and spending time with family. One of my favorite things to do, not just during the holidays, is reading to my son. Sometimes he’ll find a book and become obsessed with it and we’ll read it multiple times in one sitting.

Yes, reading the same book six times back-to-back can become annoying, but as long as he maintains a passion for reading and listening to stories, I’ll happily suffer through it to make him happy.

The holidays are no exception. As soon as Thanksgiving is over, my wife and I will bust out the Christmas stories and watch with smiles on our faces as his eyes widen at the selection of new books to read.

Because Christmas is a time for sharing, I thought I’d share with you five of our favorite kid’s Christmas stories which I’ll guarantee will put a smile on your and your youngster’s faces.

How to Catch an Elf

How to Catch an ElfMove over Elf on the shelf, there’s a new magical toy maker in town. How to Catch an Elf by Adam Wallace is a fun story about one of Santa’s little helpers who, because kids were having trouble catching the big man, set their sights on catching him.

The book is a quick read in silly rhyming couplets and married with fun, colorful pictures. It’s a perfect gift for any little one on your shopping list.

Little Blue Truck’s Christmas

Little Blue Truck's ChristmasWhat do you do if you’re a Little Blue Truck and it’s Christmastime? You deliver Christmas trees, of course! In this story, you follow Little Blue Truck as he helps bring Christmas cheer to his friends, cow, pig, goat, and horse. There’s even a colorful surprise at the end!

If you’ve read any of the Little Blue Truck books you’ll understand why they’re always on the best selling lists in the children’s category. Little Blue Truck’s Christmas is no exception.

Disney Christmas Storybook Collection

Disney Storybook CollectionThis one is an absolute favorite at bedtime. Whether your kid likes Toy Story, Wreck it Ralph, or Frozen, there’s a story in this book for your kid. The best part? Each story only takes about five minutes to read!

The stories cover a wide range of Disney’s canon. So, if you’re looking for classics like Mickey Mouse or 101 Dalmatians, or more contemporary titles like Wall-E or Tangled, the Disney Christmas Storybook Collection has it all.

The Sweet Smell of Christmas

The Sweet Smell of ChristmasHas anyone ever made fun of you for smelling the pages of books? Well, they won’t with this one because it’s not only an endearing story of a cute little bear learning about Christmas, it’s also a scratch-and-sniff book!

This is one story I’m really excited about reading to my son because it was a favorite of mine growing up. I mean, gingerbread men, candy canes, Christmas trees, add it all up and you really do have The Sweet Smell of Christmas.

Goodnight Christmas Tree

Goodnight Christmas TreeThis is another bedtime favorite in my house. Adam Gamble and Mark Jasper take your kids on an adventure highlighted by different kinds of Christmas trees around the world and other Christmas tree activities like hanging lights, making ornaments, and putting the presents under it on Christmas eve.

If your kid likes Goodnight Christmas Tree, you can also check out the rest of their Goodnight books and find one for different states, cities, animals, and more!

These are just a few of the stories we love in our house. What are your favorite Christmas books? Let me know in the comments below!

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