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1tloeffler
Dic 8, 2009, 3:15pm

What are you reading for Christmas this year? I try to read one Christmas book each week, and I'm always looking for suggestions! Last week I read The Adventures of Nicholas by Helen Siiteri which I found in the "kid's books." A silly thing, but short.

Anyone else?

2fugitive
Dic 8, 2009, 3:21pm

I recommend Christopher Moore's The Stupidest Angel. So what if Santa gets murdered early on? He comes back to life as a zombie Santa and all is well (heh, heh, heh!).

3staffordcastle
Dic 8, 2009, 3:53pm

I always try to read The Dark Is Rising about this time of year - the action takes place from early December to Twelfth Night (Jan. 6). Great book.

4staffordcastle
Dic 8, 2009, 3:54pm

5theaelizabet
Dic 8, 2009, 5:28pm

Truman Capote's A Christmas Memory. I read it every year and every year it gets me.

6mamzel
Dic 9, 2009, 10:40am

I'm going to be reading A Christmas Carol in installments on DailyLit.

7MmeRose
Dic 14, 2009, 3:17pm

8tloeffler
Dic 15, 2009, 12:19pm

I finished A Christmas Visitor by Anne Perry last week, and yesterday I picked up from the library: A Child's Christmas in Wales, Merry Christmas, Mr. Baxter and Capote's A Christmas Memory. I also have The Little Mixer by Lillian Nicholson Shearon in the pile as my "read every Christmas" book. It's an old one about a little Jewish girl who is trying to figure out why Santa won't come to her house. I love it!

9staffordcastle
Dic 15, 2009, 1:37pm

Ah, you've reminded me I need to add A Child's Christmas in Wales to my list - I have a lovely audiobook, read by the author.

10mamzel
Dic 15, 2009, 1:37pm

Someone just returned Skipping Christmas so I will take that home with me today.

11tloeffler
Dic 16, 2009, 4:28pm

>9 staffordcastle: I'll bet that's great. I'm ashamed to admit that I've never read it, but I'll rectify that this week!

12staffordcastle
Dic 16, 2009, 6:11pm

>11 tloeffler: It's a short read - quite atmospheric. I read it as a child, then forgot about it until I saw a marvellous Christmas TV special of it some years ago, with Maurice Denham (sp?) as the reminiscing grandfather. It's been a favorite ever since, either in print form, or the audiobook.

13staffordcastle
Dic 16, 2009, 6:37pm

You folks might enjoy these two pieces by Charles Dickens:

The Christmas Tree
http://www.classicreader.com/book/876/1/

What Christmas Means to Us, As We Grow Older
http://etc.usf.edu/lit2go/contents/4800/4810/4810_txt.html

(Sorry, touchstone not working)

14Copperskye
Dic 16, 2009, 10:40pm

#12 staffordcastle - I read A Child's Christmas in Wales for the first time a couple of weeks ago. I noticed that my library also had a DVD of a tv adaptation. I would have passed on it thinking it was just a cheesy special but I noticed that it was actually filmed in Wales. I'm next on the holds list and hoping it's the same one you saw.

15staffordcastle
Dic 16, 2009, 11:49pm

I just checked IMDB, and it's the 1987 version, with Denholm Elliott as the grandfather, not Maurice Denham - bad memory.

16Copperskye
Dic 17, 2009, 12:12am

That's it - glad to hear it's a good one!! :)

17staffordcastle
Dic 17, 2009, 1:13am

Lots of great singing in it.

18Booksloth
Editado: Dic 17, 2009, 6:29am

Yes, of course, to A Christmas Carol though I'm not especially fond of Dickens's other Xmas books. I've just finished Wishin' and Hopin', which is called 'a Christmas story' but just happens to end at Xmas, which isn't quite the same thing for me. Other perennial favourites include A Redbird Christmas by Fannie Flagg, The Christmas Mystery by Jostein Gaarder, The Woman in Black by Susan Hill and one or two others that have notable Christmas scenes such as Nicholas Nickleby and A Prayer for Owen Meany.

ETA - Oops, and Little Women, of course!

19tloeffler
Dic 17, 2009, 2:20pm

>13 staffordcastle: Loved The Christmas Tree, staffordcastle! And there were some good messages in What Christmas Means to Us, As We Grow Older. I wonder if kids still have that fabulous sense of wonder. Trees aren't what they were in Dickens' day, and his excitement over little knick-knacks begs the question, Do kids today get that worked up over expensive video games?

Thanks for the links!

20Jim53
Dic 17, 2009, 3:03pm

Just last week I pulled out one of my favorite SF short-story collections, Gene Wolfe's The Island of Doctor Death and Other Stories and Other Stories, for my annual re-read of read "La Befana," a very short but dense story about the Christmas witch.

21tloeffler
Dic 17, 2009, 3:10pm

Now THAT is completely tempting! I wish my library had that book. I'm not sure I'd read all of it, but I'd sure read about the Christmas witch!

22staffordcastle
Dic 17, 2009, 5:26pm

>19 tloeffler: My pleasure! Glad you enjoyed them.

A few years ago, at San Francisco's Dickens Christmas Fair, I had the chance to hear Mr. Dickens read "What Christmas Means to Us" - really a great performance.

23tloeffler
Dic 21, 2009, 2:02pm

I finished A Child's Christmas in Wales and A Christmas Memory last week. I really enjoyed the descriptive writing of the Dylan Thomas book, and I LOVED the Capote. I found it touching, and lovely, and sad, and beautiful.

24lbradf
Dic 21, 2009, 2:07pm

This was the first year I ever thought of reading something just because it was Christmas time. I read Skipping Christmas. I have had it on the shelf for six years since receiving it as a gift. I disliked the book nearly as much as I disliked the movie, I am sorry to say. Maybe I'll try to squeeze in a read of A Christmas Carol to remove the bad taste.

25theaelizabet
Editado: Dic 21, 2009, 2:08pm

#23 re: A Christmas Memory. Well put. I couldn't agree more.

26mamzel
Dic 21, 2009, 3:46pm

I just read the last installment of A Christmas Carol on DailyLit. I don't remember if I have ever read the book, having seen the movie every year for as long as I can remember - I never thought I needed to. But I am so glad I did if only to read about the glow-in-the-dark lobsters!

27staffordcastle
Dic 21, 2009, 6:23pm

So glad you finally read it mamzel - even with all the dramatized versions that have been made, none of them can include ALL the marvellous details!

28tloeffler
Dic 23, 2009, 1:01pm

I started on my last Christmas book for this year last night: Merry Christmas, Mr. Baxter. I've never read it before, but I get the feeling it's going to be Skipping Christmas done right. It's from 1956, and written by the same author as the original Father of the Bride, so it's different but fun. Why are the very best Christmas books the ones about old Christmases?