These are seven excellent books to read to get you in the “Christmasy” mood. Some offer humor, some have romance and others bring about hope and the true meaning of Christmas.
The Special Guest by Lee and Donna Allen – For the Reid family Christmas marks the one year anniversary of a terrible accident, but when a stranded elderly man crosses their path their lives change forever. The Reid family takes in the elderly man and unexpected things begin to happen making them realize just how special their guest really is.
On Strike For Christmas by Sheila Roberts – This book is about a small knitting group of women who are sick of having to do all the Christmas planning and preparations by themselves while their husbands don’t do anything to help and don’t appreciate their efforts. So the women decide to go on strike and watch while their husbands stumble their way through all the Christmas activities, including taking the kids to see Santa, party planning, decorating, costume making, baking, etc. The local newspaper has a heyday with all the antics going on. By the end of this hilarious book both the husbands and wives learn a thing or two.
A Foxfire Christmas: Appalachian Memories and Traditions edited by Eliot Wigginton – This book is based on interviews from families living in northeast Georgia. It is full of recounts from Christmases past. You get to look into their childhood memories of Christmas and read about their traditions, gatherings, toys , games and meals. Things were simpler back then and this is a refreshing read that brings peace and enjoyment.
Skipping Christmas by John Grisham – Grisham provides a funny yet terrifying picture as a couple, the Kranks, struggle with their decision to skip Christmas and take a cruise since their daughter has left for the Peace Corp and will not be home for Christmas. Things turn out to be not so simple when meddling neighbors and friends get involved. To make matters worse their daughter surprises them last minute that she is coming home for Christmas. All plans of a cruise are thrown out the window as the Kranks scramble to pull off Christmas. This is a very entertaining and quick read. It was also made into a movie, Christmas with the Kranks starring Tim Allen and Jaime Lee Curtis.
A Stranger For Christmas by Carol Lynn Pearson – This book is about two elderly women living in a nursing home. One has family and believes that her children will show kindness by taking in a stranger for Christmas and sets out to prove it. The other has no family and believes no one is that good or kind these days. Something wonderful happens that changes both of their lives.
A Cedar Cove Christmas by Debbie Macomber – In this book a mother-to-be sets out for Cedar Cove in search of the baby’s father only to find out he isn’t there. She is stranded and alone on Christmas Eve with no rooms available at the local Inn when she stumbles across a nice couple who offer her a room over their stable. All the while her three brothers are searching for her. Later that night she finds herself in trouble when a paramedic comes to her rescue and helps her in more ways than one. Debbie Macomber has numerous other Christmas books that are all great. She puts out a new one each year.
Season For Miracles by Marilyn Pappano – Pappano spins a tale of an aunt who is fleeing from the law with her niece and nephew and takes refuge in a small town. She is mistaken for somebody else, but she places along to keep the children safe. She finds everyone in the town friendly and welcoming and she soon begins to fall for a local policeman when her secret past catches up with her. This book was adapted into an Hallmark Movie called A Season For Miracles starring Carla Gugino and David Conrad.
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