Humor for the Holidays, anthology, Howard Books
Collection of short, humorous pieces, chiefly about Christmas but some centering around Thanksgiving, most with a mild, non-pushy Christian message. Some of them are "awww" pieces, a few others laugh-aloud, most gentle. Take a tea break daily and enjoy a story or two.
On Christmas Eve, Ann M. Martin
Eight-year-old Tess is determined that this is the year she will stay awake and meet Santa Claus. She even buys him a gift to thank him for all the gifts over the years. She never dreams that her determination will lead her to a wondrous Christmas Eve where old legends come true. But there are some things, like the wish she makes for her friend Sarah, that even Santa Claus can't bring. A cocoa-by-the-fire book; be warned, however, if reading to children, that a death is involved in the storyseveral of the reviewers on Amazon.com were really upset by this plot point.