Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Christmas Reads

It’s that time of the year when my reading preferences, which tend toward to sentimental anyway, veer into what some would call sappy. I love a good Christmas story, with tears and laughter, redemption and happily ever after. Cold dark nights, a warm cup of tea, and a dog to curl up beside me on the couch make this the perfect time of the year to settle in for a read. Yes, traditionally, the dog would be at my feet, but Roxy insists if she's under my blanket, we'll both be warmer.

There are a few stories I visit almost every year, like favorite relatives. First is the classic, Charles Dicken’s A Christmas CarolThe ultimate story of redemption, Ebeneezer Scrooge becomes a new man overnight after seeing ghostly visitors. What may be my all time favorite, Winter Solstice by Rosemunde Pilcher, is the story of a man who’s lost everything and the people, especially one amazing woman, who bring joy back into his life. Recently I finished a wonderful collection,  A Heartwarming Christmas, twelve interconnected stories of love and family, set in the lovely fictional town of Christmas Town, Maine. 

I have a whole shelf of Christmas mysteries I occasional reread. Mary Higgins Clark wrote some great ones. Just today I downloaded a Sherlock Homes short story set at Christmas, The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle. Can't wait to find out what a carbuncle is.

In between decorating, baking, and writing cards, I'll be spending some time with old favorites and meeting new ones. Do you have some favorite Christmas stories I should try?

Hope your holidays are filled with warmth and magic and heartwarming tales. Merry Christmas.

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  1. Oo, I love Sherlock Holmes I'm going to have to pull out my collection and read that one. One of my favorites is Skipping Christmas by John Grisham.

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    1. Oh, I like that one, too! I think I gave my copy away. I'll have to reread it sometime.

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  2. I love Winter Solstice! It was the first Rosamunde Pilcher I read, and it was wonderful. I will be watching A Christmas Carol tomorrow, but the book can't be beaten. There was one illustrated by Arthur Rackham, that really was splendid. And I love it when Scrooge awakens and realizes that all is not lost, that he has a chance to make amends...

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    1. I may have to watch A Christmas Carol, too. I haven't been able to figure out where I hid my book. I'd love to leaf through the illustrated version you mentioned. Merry Christmas! God Bless us every one.

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  3. I love Winter Solstice! It was the first Rosamunde Pilcher I read, and it was wonderful. I will be watching A Christmas Carol tomorrow, but the book can't be beaten. There was one illustrated by Arthur Rackham, that really was splendid. And I love it when Scrooge awakens and realizes that all is not lost, that he has a chance to make amends...

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