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12 Christmas Stories From Your Childhood

The holiday season is upon us. Here is a selection of classic Christmas stories to reminiscence about your childhood or to share with your children and create even more Christmas memories.

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12. Olivia Helps With Christmas by Ian Falconer (2007)

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Ian Falconer's Olivia is a well-known, beloved character among children's literary series. In this tale, Olivia is busily planning and preparing for Christmas.

11. Auntie Claus by Elise Primavera (1999)

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Young Sophie's great-aunt, Auntie Claus is a typical New Yorker or is she? Auntie Claus gives out holiday cookies all-year round, has the best-looking Christmas tree in all of New York, and attends an annual "business trip" around the holidays. This Christmas, Young Sophie is determined to solve her great-aunt's antics. Aside from this holiday story, the adventures of Auntie Claus continues in Auntie Claus and the Key to Christmas and Auntie Claus, Home for the Holidays.

10. Olive, The Other Reindeer by J. Otto Seibold and Vivan Walsh (1997)

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Olive is a charming, talented dog who decides to join Santa Claus and his team of reindeer to spread holiday merriment. This illustrated children's book was adapted into an animated TV special that starred Drew Barrymore as Olive.

8. The Twelve Days of Christmas by Jade Fang (2011)

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Another beautifully illustrated picture book that is based on the classic Christmas song, "The Twelve Days of Christmas."

7. The Berenstain Bears Meet Santa Bear by Stan Berenstain and Jan Berenstain (1984)

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Santa Bear teaches Sister Bear about the true meaning of Christmas. There are other Christmas theme books involving the Berenstain Bears, which include The Berenstain Bears' Night Before Christmas and The Berenstain Bears and the Joy of Giving.

6. The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey by Susan Wojciechowski (1948)

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Jonathan Toomey, a gloomy and aloof woodcutter, encounters a widower and her son whom have a special request for him. This story was adapted into a 2007 British film of the same name.

4. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens and Illustrated by Brett Helquist (2009)

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Brett Helquist creates a picture book adaptation of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol (1843). The tale is about the transformation of a selfish, grumpy miser, Ebenezer Scrooge into a generous and kind man due to a visit from the ghost of his old business partner, Jacob Marley, and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future.

3. The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg (1985)

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A boy rides a train, called The Polar Express, to the North Pole. He meets Santa Clause and is picked to receive the first gift of Christmas. This classic Christmas story was adapted in a movie of the same name in 2004.

2. How The Grinch Stole Christmas! by Dr. Seuss (1957)

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Every year, around Christmas time, the animated cartoon and the movie, featuring Jim Carrey, of this Dr. Seuss' classic runs on television networks. The Grinch, a bitter and grumpy creature, plans to steal Christmas from Who-ville. Will The Grinch succeed in his plans or will he be able to learn the true meaning of Christmas?

1. The Night Before Christmas by Jan Brett (1998)

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Jan Brett's The Night Before Christmas is one of the editions of Clement Clarke Moore's classic poem, "A Visit from St. Nicholas" also called, "T'was the Night Before Christmas" (1837). The poem is about a man witnessing Santa Claus' visit to his home on Christmas' Eve. This poem could be considered one of the foundations that shaped people's views of Santa Claus and Christmas traditions.

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