Christmas books we love

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

I used to love listening to this read aloud on the radio as we spent the day driving to my grandmother’s house in a neighboring state.  There’s just something wonderful about the idea that a person can heal and change and become a better person.

Related:  Best movie version (and best soundtrack):  The Muppets Christmas Carol

A Fistful of Sky by Nina Kiriki Hoffman

Nina Kiriki Hoffman’s writing is always delicious, but this book is especially so.  Gypsum, the protagonist, spends much of the book making baked goods for Christmas… cookies, brownies… first in conventional ways, and later with her new-found … well, you’ll have to read the book.

Hogfather by Terry Pratchett

Terry Pratchett plays with the winter solstice on Discworld, causing us to question our own cultural beliefs here on Earth.  Also:  Death’s daughter, a fantastic story, and other great characters.  We also enjoyed the video adaptation.

In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash, by Jean Shepherd

I have to admit that after several Christmases in a row at the in-laws with the tv blaring the 24 hour A Christmas Story marathon… I’m a little sick of A Christmas Story (which I have completely memorized).  But still have  a soft spot for the collection of essays upon which it is based.  (Actually it’s based on a couple of books of essays, but this one has some of the main parts.  And you can get just the selected essays to go with the movie, but then you would miss out.)

What are your favorite Christmas (and other winter holiday) books?

12 Responses to “Christmas books we love”

  1. Pamela Says:

    I *love* Terry Pratchett! And anything Muppets is a win.

  2. Grace Says:

    “Little House In the Big Woods” has a wonderful Christmas chapter. Ditto Nina’s book (but I’m prejudiced–she’s in my monthly writing group). You’d think I’d get tired of re-reading Dickens, but I never do.

    The one Christmas story I always hated (and my first experience as a child with a main character who died) is Hans Christian Anderson’s “The Little Match Girl.”

    • nicoleandmaggie Says:

      Aiee Aiee Aiee! #1 is such a fangirl when it comes to her favorite fantasy authors. You’re in a Writing group with Nina Kiriki Hoffman!!! Aieeee!

      She’s up there in my book with Peter S. Beagle and Diana Wynne Jones in beautiful getting in your mindness. #2 loves her too.

      I also just finished Thresholds and am saving the second in that series as a treat.

      I’m afraid if we ever find out who you are, Grace, I won’t be able to talk to you anymore because I’ll be too tongue-tied. I have no problem with all sorts of famous people, but authors… I totally squee out.

      • Grace Says:

        Trust me, you won’t be impressed and probably you won’t have read my stuff. I am the dilettante of my writing group, publishing only the occasional SF short story. But I do like hanging out with quasi-famous writers, especially those whose work I read and admire.

      • nicoleandmaggie Says:

        Have you done any Esther Friesner anthologies? We eat those up. #2 also really enjoys those Datlow Year’s best thingies, but they’re too dark for me.

  3. Louise Says:

    Hogfather is good, I love terry pratchett.

  4. julier Says:

    Little Women begins with a nice Christmas scene, even though it isn’t really a Christmas book per se. I also love Miracles and Other Christmas Stories by Connie Willis. And don’t forget The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson.

    • nicoleandmaggie Says:

      Ah yes, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever is another awesome book. Because what small town doesn’t have its family of Herdsmans? Though I’m not sure how I feel about all these other books in the series that are available now. Haven’t read them… not sure if I should.

      Yes on Little Women! Don’t think I’ve read that book by Connie Willis.

  5. Cloud Says:

    I find I have nothing to add that is for me… but my 4.5 year old loves The Grinch Who Stole Christmas. Does that count?

  6. Comrade PhysioProf Says:

    I hate motherf*cken christmas, and I can’t wait until I don’t have to hear that goddamn motherf*cken grating christmas shitte music anymore until next f*cken year, when the goddamn f*cken sh*tte starts the f*cke up again like a motherf*cken goddamn clockwork of hell.

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