The Christmas spirit is in the air, the holiday songs are on the radio, lights are sparkling on the houses and kids are getting their lists ready for Santa. Sometimes, it can be difficult to embrace the season with the busyness that comes with the holidays. And many families are facing hardships either personally or financially, so embracing the spirit of Christmas may feel tough.

In spite of the hustle, bustle, brokenness or loneliness, focus on the real meaning of Christmas: God’s gift of His Son. Some of these inspirational Christmas books can help prepare your heart for Christmas. Books always make a great gift, and you can celebrate Christmas this year by sharing these Christmas books with your family and friends.

“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.” — Luke 2:11.

Christmas: A Gift for Every Heart
By Charles F. Stanley

Beloved pastor Dr. Charles Stanley takes us back to our truest and best reason for celebration, the birth of the Christ child. By revisiting the people and events of that first Christmas, this book reveals the unique lessons that long-ago starry night offers to each of us still today. Christmas itself is undeniable evidence that God always keeps His promises. Filled with scriptures, insights and Dr. Stanley’s own personal thoughts and memories, this book is a treasure.

12 Stories of Christmas
By Robert Morgan

Experience the wonderment of Christmas with this endearing collection of original stories. Pastor Robert Morgan writes only one short fiction story each year — an original work he shares with his church on Christmas Eve. The collection of stories will present the true meaning of Christmas with adventures that evoke the splendor and love found at the manger over 2,000 years ago. You’ll meet faith-filled characters you feel you’ve known your whole life who’ll make you laugh one minute and cry the next.

When Holidays Hurt: Finding Hidden Hope Amid Pain and Loss
By Bo Stern

Are you struggling to connect with the joy of the season? Divorce. Financial stress. Chronic illness. Losing a loved one. Experiencing any of these situations can make the holidays difficult. Through stories, devotions and Scriptures, Bo Stern offers a way to redeem your pain and ideas for engaging with the holidays and special occasions in different ways that offer a tangible outlet for healing. At the heart of this message is that Christ came — to bring hope and healing to those who are hurting.

Unwrapping the Names of Jesus: An Advent Devotional
By Asheritah Ciuciu

Treat your family to the ultimate gift this Christmas as you ‘unwrap’ the meaning-filled name of Jesus week by week. This faith-based devotional leads parents and children through the four weeks of Advent with weekly interactive devotional activities, each followed by five readings celebrating the Savior at the heart of our hope, preparation, joy and love.

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Kelly Wise Valdes has been writing for the Osprey Observer since 2008. She graduated in 1989 from Florida Southern College with a B.S. in Communications and enjoys writing and traveling. She currently resides in northern Hillsborough County with her husband, David. When not traveling and writing, Kelly and her husband enjoy spending time with their five grown children (as well as their grandchildren) that still keep them very busy.