Hello! I saw a neat (not particularly Lutheran) article and thought I’d share it: 10 Christmas Stories Every Father Should Read to His Children. I hadn’t even heard of a bunch of these, and Christmas read alouds can be so great!
And, for your sake and mine, I looked up the titles on LibriVox. (Do you know about LibriVox? It’s a huge collection of public domain books read aloud that you can listen to on your computer. Maybe even other electrical things–I wouldn’t know as I haven’t yet tried.)
Librivox offers audio selections on . . .
- Charles Dickens’s “The Cricket on the Hearth”
- Arthur Conan Doyle’s “The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle”
- Leo Tolstoy’s “Where Love Is, God Is“
- O. Henry’s “The Gift of the Magi“
- Beatrix Potter’s “The Tailor of Gloucester“
- Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Match Girl“
Is it cheating to listen to an audio book rather than have your father read it aloud to you? I’m gunna say, “Nope. Not at all. WAY better than nothing!” 🙂 Christmas read alouds can be for those of us who get scratchy voices, too, as well as for those of every age!
Also, to add a Lutheran plug. I’ve heard that Luther at the Manger: Christmas Sermons in Isaiah 9:6 is very good. I don’t know that you’d read it aloud to very young children, but Luther sermons in a readable translation like this one could be a very interesting Christmas Read Aloud, leading to some very stimulating and faithful family discussions!
PS. LCMS Pastor Christopher Matthis has kindly offered a copy of his latest book, In the Shadow of the Cross: Sermons for Lent and Holy Week, for a Christmas giveaway through this blog. Woo hoo! To enter this giveaway, comment on this linked post for a chance to win the copy. Only those with USA or USA military addresses are eligible.