For adults, Christmas can often be a time of frustration. While kids get to delight in tales of Santa Claus and look forward to opening presents, the adults are often running around behind the scenes trying to put everything together. With everything that has to be done, it can be difficult to take some time to slow down and appreciate the magic in Christmas, the same magic that children experience nearly every moment of every day at Christmastime.

This holiday season, whether the holidays have yet to arrive, or have just ended, take some time to sit down with your kids and enjoy some of that magic through a classic Christmas story. iStoryBooks offers a Christmas story bundle that features four classic Christmas stories to help you understand how magical Christmas really can be.


The Nutcracker

There’s just something about the music from The Nutcracker that can bring joy at Christmas. However, the story that the classic ballet is based on teaches an even greater lesson – that things aren’t as important as relationships. It’s a great reminder as you’re out shopping for presents and as your kids start looking forward to what’s under the Christmas tree.


A Christmas Carol

Sometimes we get so stuck in our ways that we don’t realize how much damage we’re doing to ourselves and those around us. An annual reading of A Christmas Carol with your kids may help you squash your inner Scrooge and improve your relationship with your kids and other loved ones during the holidays.


The Elves and the Shoemaker

Christmas is a time for miracles and for helping others. In the story of The Elves and the Shoemaker, some elves come to help a poor old couple. Recognizing the elves’ generosity, the couple shows them how grateful they are. While this story is a fairy tale, it may inspire you to show someone else how grateful you are or to do show someone extra kindness this holiday season.


‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

Stop and listen to the first lines of this classic poem: ‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, in the hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there. The children were nestled all snug in their beds while visions of sugar plums danced in their heads.

Do those lines bring back some happy memories? Imagine what it’d be like to dream of sugar plums or hear the jingling of bells and the deep “HO HO HO” of Santa Claus. Sometimes all it takes is a little whimsy to bring joy to the holiday season.  You can do that by reading this classic poem with your kids.

Whether you celebrate Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Christmas, or just enjoy the winter season, we hope you take some time to slow down and enjoy some magic this holiday season.