The Mole Family's Christmas by Russell Hoban; illustrated by Lillian Hoban (1969)
Written before Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas, The Mole Family's Christmas wasn't nearly as charming or moving. It was kind of disjointed, with a world that didn't wholly make sense. I can think of three worlds with talking forest animals where the world building was more clear cut - Thornton Burgess, Jan Wahl's Pleasant Fieldmouse, andespecially Rabbit Hill by Robert Lawson. This book doesn't even come close to those three, which is a pity - this could have been quite good. It wasn't bad, just not very interesting. I was reminded a bit of how the immigrant experience of American Christmas must be though.