The holidays are here and one of our favorite traditions is to get a cozy blanket and snuggle up on the couch with at least one of these classic Christmas books that have warmed our hearts for years. Since the holidays usually mean filling our tummies with delicious desserts too, we decided to pair 12 timeless holiday reads with a few of our favorite winter sweets for our own version of the 12 days of Christmas.

Whether you favor stories of Santa Claus, the antics of your favorite grumpy characters or the enchanting worlds of witches and wizards, these book and dessert pairings have a mix of child-friendly options and longer reads for both the young and young at heart.

So, put on some comfy clothes and put away any distractions because you’re sure to get lost in one of these enchanting tales!


Just in case you aren’t already in the holiday spirit, these Christmas books and winter desserts are sure to do the trick. Pick your favorite story from your own childhood, start a holiday reading tradition with the little ones or spread some Christmas cheer and give the book lover in your family one of these festive pairs as a thoughtful gift.

Another great way to involve others is to host a small holiday reading party. Set out the paired desserts, read a few of the most memorable passages from your favorite book and enjoy talking about it with your loved ones.

Feeling more excited about eating treats than making them? Don’t worry! If you don’t want to unleash your inner baker this holiday season or would just prefer to keep the cooking to Christmas dinner, you can have some baked treats delivered to your door. While you’re at it, pick out a mix of healthy, organic snacks and sweet bites so that you can set out any extras to share with your holiday guests, too.