Skip to main content

Childhood Christmas Books

Shall we grab a cup of tea or hot chocolate? Let's wrap up in a cozy blanket and then we'll read some of my vintage Christmas books. How about a peppermint stick for the tea (or hot chocolate):

 mmmm. Ok, you ready?
Let's begin. We'll start with these two:
 We'll read about the littlest Christmas tree and how sad he was to be left behind
 Then see how he was finally chosen and placed on a boat and how happy he was:
Then we'll read about Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and his nose that glowed and how the other reindeer made fun of him
 And how finally on a very foggy night, Santa asked him to guide his sleigh.
Then we'll read about a mouse (because what is a Christmas story without a mouse?)
 How this mouse without a name was lonely but on Christmas Eve decided to leave Santa a gift.
 And how Santa woke him up to thank him and give him, not only a name, but a mouse-sized Santa suit and the job of being Santa's helper:
Then we'll read this classic:
 About no creatures stirring,
 Eight tiny reindeer and sleigh and Santa Claus,
 And wish everyone a "Happy Christmas to all and to all a good night".
And then finally read the story about the greatest present ever given:
These stories are brought to you curtesy of my childhood. "The Night Before Christmas" was a family tradition on Christmas Eve when I was growing up.
Can you see the price on it? 29 cents!

How I loved reading my Christmas books each year. Did you have a special book?

This will be my last post of the year. I hope you each have a blessed and wonderful Christmas and New Year! I'll see you next year!

Linking up here:
My Thrift Store Addiction Vintage Charm 10
Lilacs And Longhorns Share It One More Time Link Party 10


  1. It's wonderful you have kept these books through the years Cecilia, keeping the memories alive for you and yours. They're all such adorable stories for sure, but my perennial favorite has to be The Night Before Christmas. Now if only we could get the prices down to .29 again ;).

    Wishing you a Merry Christmas!


  2. How great it is to have those books...I kept the book we used to read to our son on Christmas Eve and then passed it on to him to read to his daughter....Merry Christmas to you and your family Cecilia!!!

    1. Such a sweet family tradition!I was frantically searching for Santa Mouse. Heaved a big sigh of relief when I found it in a box up in the closet. Somehow I sweet talked my siblings into letting me have the Night Before Christmas book. Someday, I hope yo have grandchildren to read them to.
      Merry Christmas to you and your family, too, Shirley!

  3. Love the Christmas books and the tradition of reading them at Christmas. Such great memories.
    Wishing you a blessed and happy Christmas.
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

  4. These are so sweet, Cecilia! I think the illustrations on Santa Mouse are my favorite! Thanks so much for sharing @Vintage Charm--pinning to our Features & Favorites board.

  5. Oh, I love them all! Such precious treasures and I know you will enjoy reading them to your future grandchildren. I just love the ilustrations in vintage books. These are just awesome! Hope you are having a good start to Christmas week! Hugs to you my friend. Vicky

  6. Sweet books, Cecilia! I had the same version of the Night Before Christmas when I was growing up. I just sold a different copy of it last year via Etsy for $35.00! Merry Christmas :)

  7. Hi Cecilia,
    The graphics on those books is just amazing! They are ones that I have never seen before and loved having a little peek at them!
    Wishing you and your family a wonderful Christmas!
    Hugs, Kimberley

  8. I remember most of those books. Thanks for the nice memories and Merry Christmas!


Post a Comment

I am so glad you stopped by. Your comments make my day!

Popular posts from this blog

Farm Laundry Room Wall

This weekend I got the laundry room painted - walls, trim, and shelves. Yay!! It looks fresh and bright.

And because I got all the painting done, I was able to get the accent wall done ( thanks to my husband for his help!). When I began planning, I wanted to do something to the walls that would give it some interest. I thought of beadboard or a rough plaster texture but I wanted a more rustic look. Rough wood planks (as in old fence pickets) or what I really, really wanted was rusty tin. Unfortunately, I didn't have enough old fence pickets or somewhere to get rusty tin for either option.

I had just about decided to go with beadboard when I just happened to mention the rusty tin idea to one of my sisters. She said she knew where she could get some, so how much did I need? Yes! I quickly measured, told her, and in a few weeks had some tin panels. Perfect...only they weren't rusty. She told me the rusty ones were too far gone so she decided to bring me these. Ok, I can rust them…

Thanksgiving sign

I can't stand it...I was going to post this next week but I'm dying to show it off! I know, I know, now I will have to come up with a new post for next week. That's ok. I'm having fun with this and so enjoy it. You make it so much more so! So thanks for reading and leaving comments. I am thankful for you! Anyway, here's my farm mantel post:

My mantel needed help. Everything I placed there got lost against the brick. Painting it isn't an option - that was voted down very emphatically! However, I painted the trim around the fireplace to match the surrounding walls and ah, that looks better - blends instead of sticking out like a sore thumb.

 Also, it doesn't quite line up with the fireplace. Or the fireplace isn't centered on the wall. Who designed this anyway?! I can't tell you how many quirky things we've found in this house. I think it's  called character! ha.

To help it look better, I decided it needed a wooden sign. I picked a favorite sc…

How I Stained My Concrete Floors

If you follow me on Instagram, you've seen me working on the studio floor. It was plain concrete and I wanted to seal it and give it color.

 I honestly didn't want to worry about messing it up if I dropped paint on it. My idea was to stain the concrete and thankfully, I had a good resource for information. My friend, Cecilia, at My Thrift Store Addiction stained her concrete floor. She assured me it wouldn't be hard so I decided to go for it.

I was fortunate I didn't have carpet to remove like Cecilia did. I just needed to clean the floor really good first - you can see from the picture  how dirty it was. So I began by sweeping then vacuuming all the Sheetrock and joint compound dust up. Next I pulled out my wet vac and gave the floor a good scrubbing. I let it dry overnight.

The next day, I looked to see what kind of stain I had. I found a quart of Minwax Early American wood stain that was almost full. I figured I'd try it out so I started in the back corner using…