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025 Christmas Stories with Nancy Kelly

Or... a quick round of Unpopular Opinions, Christmas edition, with Nancy and Ambre

Our Guest: Nancy Kelly of Sage Parnassus- we are so grateful that she was able to have the energy to visit with us while she recovered from a round of the Rona!

Nancy has so generously compiled a list of her family’s favorite Christmas books- over 150 titles, in a free pdf that can be found here: Kelly Family Christmas Book List.

Find a free literary database containing books we discuss on the podcast here:

Stories from the Ashes Catalogue

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Featured books in this episode:

  • The Gospel of John read alongside the Scale How Meditations by Charlotte Mason

  • Charlotte Mason Home Education Series (Nancy’s favorite volume is no. 4 Ourselves)

  • Sir Gibbie by George MacDonald

  • The George MacDonald Christmas Collection selected by David Jack

  • Hannah Coulter by Wendell Berry

  • Zao’s Tales by J. A. Sommer

  • The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry

  • The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson

  • The Nutcracker and the Mouse King by E. T. A. Hoffmann

  • The Story of Us by Mitali Perkins

  • Mousekins's Christmas Eve by Edna Miller

  • Forever Christmas by Harry Davis

  • The Tall Book of Christmas by Dorothy Hall Smith

  • A Certain Small Shepherd by Rebecca Caudill

  • Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree by Robert Barry

  • The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree by Gloria Houston

  • The Tailor of Gloucester by Beatrix Potter

  • Take Joy! The Tasha Tudor Christmas Book by Tasha Tudor

  • On That Night by Elizabeth Yates

  • A Grandma for Christmas by Alta Halverson Seymour

  • A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

  • Papa Panov's Special Christmas translated into English by Leo Tolstoy

  • The Other Wise Man by Henry van Dyke

  • The Chimes by Charles Dickens

  • The Cricket on the Hearth by Charles Dickens

  • The Art of Advent: A Painting a Day from Advent to Epiphany by Jane Williams

  • The Glorious Impossible by Madeleine L'Engle

  • Wounded in Spirit: Advent Art and Meditations by David Bannon

  • The Christmas Story from The Metropolitan Museum of Art

  • Christmas Is Coming!: Celebrate the Holiday with Art, Stories, Poems, Songs, and Recipes by The Metropolitan Museum of Art

  • The Man Who Invented Christmas: How Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol Rescued His Career and Revived Our Holiday Spirits by Les Standiford

  • The Dean’s Watch by Elizabeth Goudge

  • Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

  • Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder

  • The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

  • Corrie’s Christmas Memories by Corrie ten Boom

  • A Christmas Book by Elizabeth Goudge

  • Maple and Willow’s Christmas Tree by Lori Nichols

  • Maple and Willow Apart by Lori Nichols

  • Good King Wenceslas

  • Christmas Around the World series by Alta Halverson Seymour

  • Turkey for Christmas by Marguerite de Angeli

  • The Lion in the Box by Marguerite de Angeli

  • The Box of Delights by John Masefield

Christmas audio programs:

Resources mentioned in this episode:

Belvedere Mansion and Gardens in Galena, Illinois. Houses a beautiful collection of Christian art.

Kelly Family Christmas Book List- free pdf of over 150 Christmas titles

Join the conversation! We would love to hear what your favorite Christmas books and family holiday traditions are!

Reshelving Alexandria
Stories from the Ashes Podcast
A Reshelving Alexandria podcast where we pontificate on good books and the stories that define and refine us. Join Ambre and friends as they discuss what they're reading and interview others in the literary world. We talk stories in all their forms because stories have the power to shape and change hearts and minds.
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