If you are lucky enough to have a fireplace at home, chances are you’ll spend at least a few nights sitting in front of it, hot chocolate in hand, letting the Christmas atmosphere overwhelm you. Accompanied by, of course, a good book.
Words: Costanza Maraffio, Subeditor: Keziah Leary
We’ve selected three traditional Christmas themed books that you must read at least once in your life, and we’ll tell you why.
- A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens
Even though more than 150 years have passed since its first publication, the novel is an absolute favourite. The thrill of the three ghosts – representing past, present and future Christmases- still remains, and the readers’ hope for Scrooge’s redemption is present until the very end. How can you not love reading about a misanthropic, old, grouchy man whom you just know will eventually surrender to the beauty of Christmas?
- The Little Match Girl, by Hans Christian Andersen
The Danish short story will make you love your fireplace even more – or your hot chocolate, if you don’t have one. Reading about this poor girl stuck in the cold winter might make you feel guilty and powerless, but the unusual happy ending will restore your inner peace (and trigger a weird feeling of wanting to light a match).
- The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, by E.T.A Hoffmann
Older than the previous two, the 1816 story definitely brings out the child inside of you. The novel about splendid gifts, clocks, marzipan castles, and fancy dolls truly will make you feel the Christmas spirit and a definite happiness when the nutcracker turns into a prince, after defeating the evil seven-headed Mouse King. Perfect reading for your inner seven years old.