It’s officially December, and it’s getting chilly out there. So you know what that means: ’tis the season to cuddle up in front of a fireplace or, erm, beneath an overheated laptop and listen to some of your favorite holiday stories while you dunk your cookies in your milk. And hey, if those holiday stories are being read to you by John Krasinski or Molly Ringwald, well, so much the better. After the jump, we’ve collected a few seasonal tales as performed or read by famous actors, from the serious to the silly. Click through for some well-deserved story time, and be sure to point us towards any tales with notable readers that we missed in the comments.
Christopher Lee reads “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” the original poem by Tim Burton.
Liam Neeson reads The Polar Express, by Chris Van Allsburg.
Stan Lee reads “Twas The Night Before Christmas,” by Clement Clarke Moore.
Molly Ringwald reads How The Grinch Stole Christmas, by Dr. Seuss.
John Krasinski reads The Gingerbread Man.
Sir Ralph Richardson and Paul Scofield read A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens.
David Duchovny reads Goodnight Moon, by Margaret Wise Brown (not strictly a holiday book, we know, but we just couldn’t help ourselves).
And just in case Liam Neeson didn’t strike your fancy, here’s another approach: The Polar Express as read by Lou Diamond Phillips.