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
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.
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.
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?