*Some I love for their timeless message coupled with awesome illustrations, like Lisbeth Zwerger's version of Gift of the Magi by O. Henry.
*While not directly centered on the Nativity, the Tale of Three Trees portrays Christ's gifts to us through each tree's desire to be used as a boat, a manger and a cross.
*The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree is a tender Appalachian tale. I still tear up when the mom makes the angel and dress for Ruthie from her own wedding dress. It was a toss up between this book and Why Christmas Trees Aren't Perfect.
*Winter's Gift is a quiet little story about grief and healing and restoring one's hope. Besides, I'm a horse lover.
*Last, but not least, is Bloom Country's own Berkeley Breathed's When Red Ranger Came Calling. I know...the pictures do not look Christmasy and I was a bit hesitant when I first read it. But I laughed throughout at the pictures and story and by the time I reached the last page, I had the same tingles I get with Polar Express. You can't peak at the final page. It's really worth the read. I treasure my hardback since it's now only available in softbound.
I know I'm forgetting many others. I'd love to hear your suggestions.