I second all of ConnieWI's list and would add:
Silver Package by Cynthia Rylant ( a lovely story set in Appalachia that makes me cry every time I read it aloud
Just in Time for Christmas by Louise Borden.
I always do a theme board for holiday stories and we chart the common themes (traditions, family, love and caring for one another)
N.C. Wyeth's Pilgrims is a beautiful picture book based on historical fact and his paintings that tell the story.