My Favorite Things – Holiday Books

I have certain books that I read/ listen to on audiobook every year around the holidays. It just doesn’t feel like Christmas/ Yule without them.

Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris – This book includes the famous Santaland Diaries and is a must read if you haven’t. I highly recommend getting the audiobook because David reads most of the stories himself and is joined by his sister Amy as well. Sure to make you laugh.71t0yJrW7UL

Hogfather by Terry Pratchett – Pratchett’s wonderful tale about the discworld equivalent of Santa and what happens when someone puts out a hit on him. Death steps in and then it starts to get fun. Death’s granddaughter Susan proves herself to be a badass in her own right. Has a wonderful albeit cynical quote about the importance of belief.

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The Life and Adventure of Santa Claus by L. Frank Baum – The author of the Wizard of Oz penned this charming and strange origin story for Santa complete with woodland fairies. Baum tries to answer some of the important Santa questions. Good to read aloud with children.

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The Stupidest Angel by Christopher Moore – The unusual town of Pine Cove is celebrating Christmas. An angel comes and grants them a Christmas “Miracle” that leads to a zombie uprising. Oops.

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T’was the Night Before Christmas or A Visit from St. Nicholas by Clement Clarke Moore – A Christmas classic. I have had it memorized since I was little, and I love to read/ recite it every year. It is still fun to do. My favorite line is “The moon on the breast of the newfallen snow gave a lustre of midday to objects below.” I love good rhymes.

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Do you have a favorite holiday book? Have you read any of these?

4 comments

  1. I’m with you on “The Hogfather” and “‘Twas The Night Before Christmas” for sure.

    I also love to read a version of “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens, “The Little Match Girl” by Hans Christian Anderson, and “The Bear Father Christmas Forgot” by Diana Kimpton. The latter being one I earned from my brother by learning to read braille in time to read it to him Christmas Eve. He’d promised I could have it if I did, thinking I wouldn’t be able to in time, since I only started doing grade one braille in the October, and it’s in grade two braille, but kept his word, and gave me the book when I succeeded. I later learned he missed having a copy, so brought him a new copy, much to his delight. I’ve read the book last thing before going to bed every Christmas Eve since he gave it to me, except one year when I couldn’t, because I was in Canada and the book was in the UK.

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  2. How in the world did I forget A Christmas Carol?
    I have never read The Bear Father Christmas Forgot. The story of how you found it is lovely, though. Your brother must have been so proud of you for working so hard to read it to him. And what a wonderful tradition it started. I will have to try to find it to read for myself. 🙂

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    • I did wonder why that one wasn’t on your list… A Christmas Carol, I mean.

      Yes, he was proud of me. A little disappointed he had to give up his book, but proud I’d applied myself to the task of learning braille so well. Anyway, if you want a copy, look in the picture book sections, especially of old bookstores, since it’s a children’s story, as you may or may not have guessed.

      I have a book called “The Forgotten Angel” that was inspired by “The Bear Father Christmas Forgot” (mine is definitely available in eBook, paperback, and audio, from Amazon and some other online retailers). So feel free to check that out too. The narrator for the audio version got her then ten year old daughter involved in the production, so the little girl does some of the voices.

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  3. I am not sure why A Christmas Carol slipped my mind. It is definitely a favorite of mine. I love a good lightly creepy holiday story.
    I will definitely check out the books. Thank you for the suggestions.

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