Reading Aloud on Christmas Eve

I wanted to read aloud to the children on Christmas Eve.  I wanted to leave them with visions of sugar plums.  Well, I wanted to give them the gift of a story.  And that’s just what I did.

Last March when the pandemic hit and everything shut down, I created a YouTube Channel.  Every day I would read aloud one picture book and one chapter in our chapter reading book.  By doing so, I was able to give children a sense of normalcy during a chaotic time.

Today I went back to our YouTube Channel and read aloud two different Christmas books.

“The Polar Express” by Chris Van Allsburg has become a classic story. While the movie is excellent, the book is superior.

“The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree” by Gloria Houston is perhaps my favorite.  It is a true story and takes place in the Appalachian Mountains.  This is a longer story, and well worth the read.  Grab a tissue, sit back, and enjoy this Christmas Eve tale.

I can’t imagine giving anything better than the gift of reading aloud wonderful books.

Merry Christmas,


About Jennie

I have been teaching preschool for over thirty-five years. This is my passion. I believe that children have a voice, and that is the catalyst to enhance or even change the learning experience. Emergent curriculum opens young minds. It's the little things that happen in the classroom that are most important and exciting. That's what I write about. I was a live guest on the Kelly Clarkson Show. I am highlighted in the seventh edition of Jim Trelease's million-copy bestselling book, "The Read-Aloud Handbook" because of my reading to children. My class has designed quilts that hang as permanent displays at the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia, the Fisher House at the Boston VA Hospital, and the Massachusetts State House in Boston.
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54 Responses to Reading Aloud on Christmas Eve

  1. Ritu says:

    How lovely 💜💜💜

  2. Darlene says:

    What a wonderful gift!! Have a Merry Christmas!!

  3. srbottch says:

    I will listen to your stories, Jennie, and enjoy them because I’m a kid, too. Jennie, since we haven’t been with our grandkids for a year, what would you recommend I do to ‘read them a bedtime story’, create a YouTube channel, as you did? If I did, can I keep it private so only they can see it? Come to think of it, I already have a channel where I did my memorizing poems a few years ago. But I would like to keep the story reading private if that’s possible.

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  5. Maggie says:

    I am excited to listen to your stories. After all, I am a child at heart. Have a very Merry Christmas!

  6. How wonderful, Jennie! I’ll be listening to your stories and hopefully sharing with our Grandsons too. Merry Christmas!

  7. I just listened to both readings and enjoyed them very much, each magical in its own way!

  8. Beautiful, Jennie. Merry Christmas. 🎄

  9. Dan Antion says:

    That was a lovely thing to do. Merry Christmas, Jennie.

  10. beth says:

    thanks so much for this, Jennie. happy Christmas to all –

  11. koolaidmoms says:

    How wonderful. What a wonderful gift you have! Merry Christmas!

  12. And a very nice Christmas gift it is, Jennie. All the best to you.

  13. CreativeMusicTeacher says:

    Such a great blessing and gift this is for children! Well done!

  14. beetleypete says:

    Thank you for reading them to me too. 🙂
    I hope you have a joyful and peaceful day tomorrow, dear Jennie.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  15. Wonderful, Jennie! 🎄 Merry Christmas! xo

  16. GP Cox says:

    You are a very special person, Jennie!

  17. Both great selections, Jennie!

  18. Carla says:

    A Beautiful gift Jennie. Merry Christmas.

  19. petespringerauthor says:

    I already loved both of these books, Jennie, and I’m not surprised you chose them. You have an excellent and soothing reading voice. I just know the kids love your natural enthusiasm.

    • Jennie says:

      Thanks so much, Pete. I didn’t hold the books up as I read, which is quite different. Of course my voice sounds different to me. I’m glad it is soothing. May enthusiasm always be my hallmark. 🙂

  20. So special. Thank you. Loved it

  21. Ren says:

    Beautiful stories… thank you!

  22. You read beautifully, Jennie. Two great stories.

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