Tis the season…for beautiful PJ Lynch illustrations. Some of my most favorite Christmas stories have been vividly brought to life by this man’s paintbrush. I love looking at them when the snow is falling and carols are playing in the background.

From Dickens, "A Christmas Carol," Candlewick Press.

From Dickens, “A Christmas Carol,” Candlewick Press.

“The brightness of the shops where holly sprigs and berries crackled in the lamp heat of the windows, made pale faces ruddy as they passed. Poulterers’ and grocers’ trades became a splendid joke: a glorious pageant, with which it was next to impossible to believe that such dull principles as bargain and sale had anything to do.”


From Wojciechowski, "The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey," Candlewick Press, 1995.

From Wojciechowski, “The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey,” Candlewick Press, 1995.

“From the box, Jonathan unpacked two curly sheep, happy sheep because they were with Jesus. He unpacked a proud cow and an angel, a very important angel with mighty wings stretching from its shoulders right down to the hem of its gown. He unpacked three wise men wearing their most wonderful robes, edged with fur and falling in rich folds. He unpacked a serious and caring Joseph. He unpacked Mary wearing a rough woolen shawl, looking down, loving her precious baby son. Jesus was smiling and reaching up to touch his mother’s face.”


From O. Henry, "The Gift of the Magi," Candlewick Press, 2008.

From O. Henry, “The Gift of the Magi,” Candlewick Press, 2008.

“And here I have lamely related to you the uneventful chronicle of two foolish children in a flat who most unwisely sacrificed for each other the greatest treasures of their house. But in a last word to the wise of these days let it be said that of all those who give gifts these two were the wisest. Of all who give and receive gifts, such as they are wisest.”




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