I have been all about the Christmas books lately, and found myself drawn to the kids books at the bookstore this weekend! While picking up a few new books for me 4 year old and 10 month old, though, I found that 85% of the kids books are either focused on Santa or have Santa in the book. I can think of two reasons that people would want a Christmas book for their kids without Santa, the first being religion – a lot of Christian families don’t want to focus on Santa because they want to focus on the birth of Jesus during the Christmas season. The second reason being that, for whatever reason, they just chose to not have Santa come to their house.
We happen to fall into both the first and the second group here at our house, and navigating Christmas as a family that chooses to not have Santa come to our house is nothing short of tricky, with everything from Christmas books to movies and Christmas decor. With our oldest being old enough to know who Santa is but also young enough to potentially mention Santa to other kids, we try to not bring Santa up too often in our home. That being said, I am always looking for Christmas items that don’t contain the big jolly man. That being said, here are 3 cute Christmas books that don’t focus on Santa at all!
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If your kiddo loves books about animals and you want to encourage sharing gifts and joy, this book may be the pick for you! It’s the perfect length for my 4 year old and has super cute little illustrations.
We love ANYTHING with motor vehicles in our house (probably because my husband works on cars for a living, but I digress) and this little cutie is a perfect Christmas tale! It rhymes and has bright, detailed illustrations.
This little book is so beautiful inside with gorgeous shimmery illustrations and a simple, sweet message. Christmas is joy.
We adore the Pout-Pout fish in this house and this one is no different! Another cute little story with a great rhyme and fun under the sea pictures, it’s a Christmas win for sure!