Time to Snuggle Up

My post today is very short, and is about “snuggling up” cozy-like under your favorite “blankey,” with a Christmas book at hand, ready for the reading.

In my olden reading days before our local book club meetings and selections, I never much paid attention to “Christmas books.” But tomorrow I’ll be attending my book club holiday meeting at one of our member’s home–potluck(yum); and our hostess really always does such a wonderful welcoming event! (This year I’m bringing candied yams (or sweet potatoes as my grandmother called them.))[i]) But this isn’t a food post, it’s a book post, and the connection is, it was our book club–mainly our “hostess with the mostest”[ii]–who introduced me to Christmas themed books.

Looking back over our books we’ve read list, here are some you might also enjoy this Christmas season:

A Cricket on the Hearth                     Charles Dickens

The Paper Bag Christmas                   Kevin Alan Milne

Copper Mountain Christmas              Jane Porter

This yearThe Mistletoe Murders, P.D. James ( and it has two early Dalgliesh stories in it.  I love P.D. James’s writing, thinking she’s one of the best writers ever, especially when it comes to setting/scenery and characters)  &  A Christmas Gathering, by Anne Perry

Also, here’s a link to a UK website https://www.deadgoodbooks.co.uk/classic-christmas-crime/ with even more great selections from mystery authors you know, like Agatha Christie, Gladys Mitchell, George Simenon, and more. I’m going to have to extend the Christmas season, just so I can read some of these (smile).

And I’d be remiss if not listing as one of my favorite Christmas reads, Lovers and Liars, by Paul Alan Fahey. I read Paul’s book a few years back, but even now, when I think about Christmas reads, I always think about the ending of his book…to give you a feel, here’s the last part of my heartfelt 2014 Amazon review:

“…he has a knack for taking you right into the character’s soul and story. I felt like I was there in England during the war–with Leslie, Edward, Robert, Caroline, and Cyril. At the end in Kent, I even felt like I was part of their little family Christmas….”  Miss ya, Paul.

So, my conclusion to this post is to say–Christmas time is a little tough for some to sit down and actually write, though I’m tryingbut what a great time to snuggle up with a seasonal book–reading and enjoying a selection from the wealth of Christmas literature available to us!

Any other Christmas books you’d like to recommend?

Joy to all this Holiday season, and Happy writing and Christmas Reading Trails!

 


[i] Yams? Sweet Potatoes? After research (I spent more time than I should have researching potatoes for this post – they really were yams my grandmother cooked so memorably) many years back… https://www.google.com/search?q=difference+between+yam+and+sweet+potatoes&client=firefox-b-1-d&tbm=isch&source=iu&ictx=1&fir=Mieaf3CHDafUeM%253A%252CZ-Aoa6ukDLXpmM%252C_&vet=1&usg=AI4_-kQ6OmgzfwDPA03Cv4iE_6hqnC0rFQ&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwidzu7EjJ3mAhWKrZ4KHTsgAfAQ9QEwAHoECAMQAw#imgrc=Mieaf3CHDafUeM:

[ii]  Quotes From Google, “Generally attributed to Jimmy Durante, an American entertainer, describing a well known hostess of large party’s of the time, Perle Mesta. This would have been in the 1940’s. Simple explanation is that Perle Mesta hosted the best parties to which all the “A” list people aspired… hence the hostess with the mostest.” Or, “It comes from The Hostess With The Mostes’ On The Ball, a song in Act I of the 1950 Broadway musical Call Me Madam, originally sung on stage by Ethel Merman. Ethel Merman played Sally Adams, a rich socialite widow who gets appointed the ambassador to the fictional country of Lichtenburg.”

13 thoughts on “Time to Snuggle Up”

    1. I’m fond of candied yams, Paul, but only have maybe once a year during the holidays–probably a good thing in that mine are so full of butter and sugar! Today is peel the yams, ugh, but so worth it in the end. Thanks for commenting, and happy holidays to you, too!

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  1. Madeline, thanks for all the great suggestions. My TBR list runneth over. And over. My book group just read Hercule Poirot’s Christmas. Merry Christmas to you and all the great writers on this blog. And thanks for having this blog.

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    1. Thank you sooo much, Maggie, for following our blog, it means a lot! And I know so well about the TBR list (piles in book form and on Kindle) but I always buy “just one more!” Ha! But when I think about it, pretty lucky that I do have too many books to read! Have a great holiday season. I have Hercule’s Christmas (David Suchet) on DVD I think–I should pull it out for the holidays!

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  2. I just read William J. Federer’s book There Really Is a Santa Claus. It is a collection of historical facts about St. Nicholas and other Christmas Holiday traditions. Just bits and pieces, but but when you are through with the book you realize St. Nicholas did only good in his marvelous life, stressing the giving, not the getting of gifts. And the other numerous bits of information on how the Christmas season and the True Meaning of Christmas created our wonderful country and how sad we should be if we turned our backs on what this holiday gave to our country and the world.

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    1. Yes! I do believe the “giving” is the crucial point–though I must say as a young child opening my presents, I think the receiving was paramount!(smile) I also think books like There Really Is a Santa Claus and others that spotlight our(and world) history and traditions are must reads. Hubby often has CSPAN’s Book TV on, and authors laying out historical traditions and people–so there are some bringing the past forward. Our holidays often have “back stories”… Happy Current Holidays!

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      1. I think we should all view Christmas giving (first from the standpoint that God gave us His son, Jesus to be born then) and second …. like my orange & white cat, Rusty. After all the wrapping paper is off and scattered around…. after all the items are taken from the boxes and displayed (or put on), Rusty goes to a box – no matter the size – gets inside and sits tall as if he were a prince, or the finest present around.
        Truly all the writers in this blog are gifts to others, sharing their expertise or things they’ve learned the hard way. Giving. Thank you Madeline, and all the others, and plus our faithful readers.

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    1. Thanks for reblogging and all the best through the season, and especially like the thought and sentiment that our writings are gifts…

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  3. Madeline,
    What a great idea to snuggle up with a pile of books! I love the cozy Rosamund Pilcher ones set in the snows of Scotland: ‘Winter Solstice’ comes to mind. Or the Maeve Binchey books about Christmas in Ireland. Especially from the comfort of a sunny Californian couch…

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    1. Thanks for the Maeve Binchey reminder, been wanting to read her for awhile (but like Maggie, my TBR pile is huge,) nonetheless, off to Amazon and pick one out! A nice visit to Ireland (while under my electric blanket!) is just the ticket. All the best Rosemary!

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