Among the boxes of decorations that we pull out at Christmastime, there is a basket of Christmas stories. Because we only pull them out once a year, they carry with them a special meaning. We relish them over and over again during the holidays. I also know, however, that there are many I don't know about, so I cast the net wide, asking friends to suggest some of their favorite. Below are just a few of our favorite holiday reads:\"How the Grinch Stole Christmas\" by Dr. SuessThis is my boys' all-time favorite. The story of the grump determined to destroy Christmas gets quoted and referenced over and over. I especially love the message that \"Christmas doesn't come from a store.\" A good reminder for kids and adults alike.\"The Polar Express\" by Chris Van AllsburgThe beautiful illustrations coupled with the magical story of a train that ships kids to the North Pole for one night make for a fun story. \"A Night Without Darkness\" by Timothy M. Robinson and James Allen MadsenAlong with our reading of the traditional Christmas story in Luke 2 on Christmas Eve, I always read this story aloud. It is based on the account of Christ's birth recorded in 3 Nephi 1. It is told from the point-of-view of a small boy. And yes, I always, always cry when reading it.\"I Spy Christmas: A Book of Picture Riddles\" by Jean Marzollo and Walter WickOn a cold, snowy day, this is a fun book for kids to hunt through and look for all the hidden objects. \"Mortimer's Christmas Manger\" by Karma Wilson and Jane ChapmanThis is a cute story about a mouse who makes his home in a small Nativity set, only to find out who really belongs there. It's a good reminder to children about making room for Jesus.\"Cajun Night Before Christmas\" by Trosclair, Howard Jacob, and James RiceOne of the highlights of Christmas growing up was hearing my dad recite this great book. A creative twist on the classic \"Night Before Christmas\", this book is funniest if kids are familiar with the original, and if the reader can evoke a true Cajun accent.\"Toot & Puddle: I'll be Home for Christmas\" by Holly HobbieI love all the Toot and Puddle books, but this particular one, about the two best-friend pigs trying to celebrate Christmas together in Woodcock Pocket, may be my favorite.Here are some other recommendations I received from friends:\"Christmas in Noisy Village\" by Astrid Lindgren\"Bear Stays Up for Christmas\" by Karma Wilson\"Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree\" by Robert Barry\"The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree: An Appalachian Story\" by Gloria Houston and Barbara Cooney\"Christmas Day in the Morning\" by Pearl S. Buck and Mark Buehner\"Red Ranger Came Calling\" by Berkeley Breathed\"Santa Mouse\" by Michael Brown and Elfrieda De Witt\"Cracked Wheat for Christmas\" by Ted C. Hindmarsh\"A Certain Small Sheperd\" by Rebecca Caudill and William Pene Du Bois\"The Christmas Crocodile\" by Bonny Becker and David Small\"Christmas Trolls\" by Jan Brett\"The Legend of the Poinsettia\" by Tomie dePaola