025 Christmas Stories with Nancy Kelly

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

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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.


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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!