The Christmas month is finally here, and the festive celebrations are in full swing - and with Christmas celebrations, of course, comes Christmas shopping. To make your gift-giving just a little easier this year, we've selected five of our most treasured seasonal reads that would make the perfect presents for the stocking of a friend or loved one - because Christmas is always better with a book!
Tolkien's The Father Christmas Letters
Kicking off this list is Tolkien's magical The Father Christmas Letters. Comprising of a series of illustrated Christmas letters written to his children between 1920 and 1942, and released posthumously, this book is the perfect example of the wonders that the festive season can provide young children with the help and enthusiasm of their parents. Told from either the point of view of Santa Claus or his elf secretary, and edited by both Christmas Tolkien and his second wife Baillie Tolkien, these enjoyable fictional tales are ideal for both Tolkien fans and any youngsters wanting to get caught up in the spirit of the season.
Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol
Can any Christmas truly be complete without Charles Dickens' wonderful and heart-warming classic, a Christmas Carol? Telling the tale of an old grouch, Ebenezer Scrooge, and his famous path to enlightenment on the joys that surround Christmas, this beautiful vintage book is sure to get anyone into the festive spirit. Arguably the most beloved Christmas book ever written and adapted into film and TV almost countless times, the tale of Scrooge simply never gets old.
Rudolph the Red Noised Reindeer Pop-Up Book
With this delightful vintage pop-up book, one of the most beloved fictional Christmas characters ever created quite literally jumps right out of the pages. A perfect children's gift, or a great present for any nostalgic adult who wants to re-experience the magical and classic story of Rudolf and remind themselves of their younger years at Christmas. Beautifully illustrated and fantastically designed, this pop-up book is simply a must-have at this time of the year, bringing the terrific and timeless tale of Rudolf the red nosed reindeer to life once more!
Christmas Songs and Stories Collection
Or perhaps there are simply too many great Christmas books and stories to chose from - if that's the case, this beautiful vintage Favourite Christmas Songs and Stories collection is exactly what you need to give yourself or a loved one the needed amount of Christmas cheer! With poems, songs, short stories, and recipes, there is no Christmas book more sure to make you feel festive than this selection.
Christmas Food and Drink
Eating and drinking whatever you like is undoubtedly one of the most enjoyable things about the Christmas holidays. This antique 1975 food and drink book by Arabella Boxer is sure to satiate any and all appetites around the dinner table this Christmas, with a wide range of mouth-watering and delicious recipes. From deserts to main courses, if you're wanting to spice up your cooking this year then this is unquestionably the book for you.