Sometimes with a children's book you don't really appreciate the art until you're no longer a child. I did love this book growing up and I looked at it all year long anticipating Christmas, but it wasn't until I was an adult that I truly appreciated the wonderfully stylized art by Lowell Hess. Check out his web site http://lowellhess.com.
A Giant Little Golden Book: My Christmas Treasury
Copyright 1957 by Simon and Schuster, Inc.
It's a shame marketing put that dreadful white box over part of the cover image. Even as a child I thought the white box stupid and annoying.