Take the Express Train to Holiday Traditions

A "tradition" is a custom or a belief passed down from generation to generation. Some of my favorite traditions happen during the winter holiday season! I love my family's tradition of eating monkey bread while we open presents on Christmas morning. My friends and I share the tradition of riding the CTA Holiday Train each year. The holiday concerts at Harold Washington Library Center are a fun holiday tradition here at CPL.

The Polar Express is a part of many holiday traditions each year. The story of a young boy swept away by a steam train on a trip with other children to the North Pole is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. I always ring bells while reading this story to help capture the spirit of Christmas!

The Polar Express is available in multiple formats.

Make some hot chocolate, grab a copy of The Polar Express, and add some of these classic stories to your evening for the perfect holiday tradition!

If you need some help getting into the spirit of the holidays, pick up a copy of How the Grinch Stole Christmas and maybe, like the Grinch himself, your heart with grow three sizes, too!

How the Grinch Stole Christmas is available in multiple formats.

Revisit a classic holiday carol in a new way with Rachel Isadora's take on 12 Days of Christmas, which sets the traditional song in Africa.

When no creatures are stirring (not even a mouse), end your new, festive tradition by reading The Night Before Christmas!

The Night Before Christmas is available in multiple formats.

What are some holiday books you re-read each year?

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