Sorry I'm late with this recommendation, but (in case you're like me and don't watch the calendar as well as you ought) it's December, and it's also Advent.
So, I want to recommend that you all go out and get a copy of The Christmas Mystery by Jostein Gaarder. It's a wonderful book to read leading up to Christmas - we get to watch as Joachim opens his special Advent Calendar each day, and receives an update on the story of a little girl, a lamb, some angels, wise men, kings, oh, the whole nine yards and more.
It's a fun read with relatively short chapters for each day from December first right down through Christmas Eve. Highly recommended.
To Bethlehem! To Bethlehem!