A good Christmas Book

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  1. wvjules

    wvjules DIS Veteran

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    I want a really good Christmas book (or two) to read. I don't want a fluffy romance. I want a good book that just happens to have something to do with Christmas. I've started a few of the romances but just can't get into them. A friend suggested "A Tree Grows in Brookly" but based on its description I'm not sure how Christmasy it is. Any suggestions?
     
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  3. PigletsPal2

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    If you enjoy mysteries, Anne Perry has written a series of Christmas novels. They're not bloody, gory stories but well-written interesting stories with richly-developed characters. They're set in Victorian England if that makes a difference. I think she's published about eight or nine of them; I get the newest one each year to open on Christmas eve.

    Queen Colleen
     
  4. lovesmurfs

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    I have a Christmas book basket -- we only put Christmas books in it, and store them with the decorations and pull them out every year. You'd think I could remember some of them!

    One favorite is The Everything Christmas Book. My MIL gave it to me 20+ years ago -- there are a number of Christmas short-stories in it, as well as recipes, songs, facts, etc.

    If you like the Mitford series, Jan Karon's Shepherds Abiding is good.

    Charles Dickens wrote a number of other Christmas stories besides A Christmas Carol (and if you haven't read the original, I'd strongly recommend it -- the many movies don't give it justice). Old Christmas by Washington Irving is poignant as well.

    We've got a whole mess of others in our basket - when I go home tonight, I'll look up some others.
     
  5. Karalea

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    I really enjoyed The Christmas Train by David Baldacci.:santa:
     
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    Do you like mysteries? I recently finished 'Water Like a Stone' by Deborah Crombie. The plotline is more mystery than Christmas story, but it takes place In England during the holidays and has a strong Christmas theme.
     
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    I just finished a Kindle book called Family Cursemas. (not sure if it's in print too)
     
  8. wvjules

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    Winner! I had actually thought about one then dismissed it due to all the movies. But you've convinced me.
     
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    The Christmas Jar books. Kind of sappy, but a nice story that has turned into a real life christmas giving tradition for many.
     
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    Not sure if it is still in print or not, but "Christmas On Jane Street" tells the story of the Romp family from Vermont who sold ( and maybe still sell) Christmas trees on the corner of Jane St. and Hudson St. in Greenwich Village in NYC. Charming little book about a father lamenting over his daughter growing up and growing apart....as they live in a small camper on a corner in a bustling city.

    They are an actual family and I bought my tree from them each year I lived in NYC.

    Linda

    P.S. You can find it on Amazon....
     
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    of Santa Claus.

    It's written by Santa and explains how he came into existence and has evolved through history. Tons of true info (interslaced w/some crazy fiction). Will make a believer out of anybody.

    There are two other books in the series if you enjoy that one. I liked them all very much.
     
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    I just recently read The Christmas Sweater by Glenn Beck, I really liked it. :)
    It's kind of like It's A Wonderful Life, but about a teenage boy.
     
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    Skipping Christmas
     
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    Yes, that one. I read it every year. Even though I've seen the movie version numerous times. The book does a better job of drawing one into the story.
     
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    "A Christmas Carol" by Dickens. Everyone should read this book, even if they've seen one or more of the ten thousand movies based on it.

    Other than that, all I can think of is the Grinch. :)

    Everyone recommends the "Skipping Christmas" book...I didn't like it. I didn't hat it, I just don't think it was all that good.

    I don't know how anyone manages to become an adult without having read "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn", but I know it happens. ;) I do not think of it as a Christmas book, but if you never read it, you might as well.
     
  19. maddiel

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    The Time-Traveller's Wife has a lot of the action set at Christmas time.

    Mary Higgins Clark and her daughter have a couple of books that are short mysteries set at Christmas.

    And for a classic, what about Little Women?

    M.
     

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