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12 Christmas Passages To Read To Get In The Holiday Spirit

While Christmas is lovely, I don’t love reading Christmas books per se. Here are some Christmas chapters for you to read if you want to get into the holiday spirit but don’t want to add another book to your TBR. [Perfect for 12 nights of reading!]

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Chapter 2: A Merry Christmas

Listen to it here.

Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery

Anne of Green Gables [Chapter 25: Matthew Insists on Puffed Sleeves]

Listen to it here.

Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone [Chapter 12: The Mirror of Erised]

One can never have enough socks. Another Christmas has come and gone and I didn’t get a single pair. People will insist on giving me books.

Professor Dumbledore

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban [Chapter 11: The Firebolt]

It was a Firebolt, identical to the dream broom Harry had gone to see every day in Diagon Alley. Its handle glittered as he picked it up. He could feel it vibrating and let go; it hung in midair, unsupported, at exactly the right height for him to mount. His eyes moved from the golden registration number at the top of the handle, right down to the perfectly smooth, streamlined birch twigs that made up the tail.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire [Chapter 23: The Yule Ball]

Over their heads he saw that an area of lawn right in front of the castle had been transformed into a sort of grotto full of fairy lights—meaning hundreds of actual living fairies were sitting in the rosebushes that had been conjured there, and fluttering over the statues of what seemed to be Father Christmas and his reindeer.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix [Chapter 23: Christmas on the Closed Ward]

He worked tirelessly in the run-up to Christmas Day, cleaning and decorating with their help, so that by the time they all went to bed on Christmas Eve the house was barely recognizable. The tarnished chandeliers were no longer hung with cobwebs but with garlands of holly and gold and silver streamers; magical snow glittered in heaps over the threadbare carpets; a great Christmas tree, obtained by Mundungus and decorated with live fairies, blocked Sirius’s family tree from view; and even the stuffed elf heads on the hall wall wore Father Christmas hats and beards.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince [Chapter 16: A Very Frosty Christmas]

Fred, George, Harry, and Ron were the only ones who knew the angel on top of the tree was actually a garden gnome that had bitten Fred on the ankle as he pulled up carrots for Christmas dinner. Stupefied, painted gold, stuffed into a miniature tut and with small wings glued to its back, it glowered down at them all, the ugliest angel Harry had ever seen, with a large bald head like a potato and rather hairy feet.

The Little House by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Little House in the Big Woods [Chapter 4: Christmas]

In the morning they all woke up almost at the same moment. They looked at their stockings, and something was in them. Santa Claus had been there. Alice and Ella and Laura in their red flannel nightgowns and Peter in his red flannel nightshirt, all ran shouting to see what he had brought.

On the Banks of Plum Creek [Chapters 12-13: The Christmas Horses ; A Merry Christmas]

By the Shores of Silver Lake [Chapters 19-21: Christmas Eve; The Night Before Christmas; Merry Christmas]

The Long Winter [Chapters 18 & 32-33: Merry Christmas; The Christmas Barrel; Christmas in May]

What are your favorite Christmas passages?

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