I’m going to come right out and say it: “The Berenstain Bears’ Christmas Tree” is not only my favorite Berenstain Bears Christmas book, it’s my single favorite Berenstain Bears book. Ever.
There isn’t another book by Stan and Jan Berenstain that can match the wonderful story, lush illustrations, and warm fuzzies I get when reading, re-reading, and re-reading this book over and over again. (It’s also important to note that I am talking about the original Berenstain Bears Christmas Tree, published by Random House in 1980. It is based on the NBC television special by the same name that premiered in December of 1979. There is a new version of Christmas Tree published by Living Lights that is not quite the same.)
And while “The Berenstain Bears’ Christmas Tree” is my favorite – and probably the best-selling of the Berenstain Bears holiday books, it definitely is not the only one! Far from it! In fact, there are dozens of Berenstain Bears storybooks, coloring books, and related memorabilia — all of which would make great stocking stuffers. In fact, you can even find a vintage Berenstain Bears Christmas stocking for less than $10 on Etsy! Of course, don’t forget about the holiday-themed figurines made by Ebeling and Reuss (as well as some ornaments and plates). I covered the figurines in a previous post and a couple of the plates can be seen at the very bottom of this post.
Want to know more about the origins of the original “Berenstain Bears’ Christmas Tree” holiday special on NBC? It premiered back in 1979 and Stan & Jan tell the story themselves over on their blog. Check it out!
A couple beautiful Christmas collectibles made by Fairfield: