A Christmas book must:
- Be set during the Christmas season (duh!). It can be biblical or otherwise as long as it happens at Christmas time.
- Include an overall Christmas theme. These themes include the birth of Christ (Christmas, get it?), selflessness--in love, giving, or general demeanor of the characters, sacrificial giving, learning to care for others. You get the point.
- Heart-rending moments. If I don't cry somewhere along the way, it just ain't a good Christmas book (even if it is a good book in general).
- Christmas characters--Santa Claus, reindeer, angels, church settings, talking animals, and the like.
Here is a list that might get your Christmas reading started this year:
- Pony Express Christmas by Sigmund Brouwer.
- The Promise and The Drummer Boy by Ted Dekker (recent reviews)
- The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson
- a few from last year's list
- The Nativity Collection by Robert J. Morgan
- Magi by Daniel L. Gilbert
- Christmas Jars by Jason F. Wright
- some that I haven't read, but might fit the bill
- The Christmas Sweater by Glenn Beck
- Finding Christmas by James Calvin Schaap