Holiday Reading

Less than a week until Christmas, I hope everyone’s feeling the joy of the most wonderful time of the year! If decorations or movies haven’t done the trick, how about a book? These short, easy reads, paired with hot chocolate and enjoyed by the light of a Christmas tree, are sure to lift your holiday spirit.

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Christmas at Eagle Pond by Donald Hall

Beautifully written by a former U.S. Poet Laureate, this novella depicts Christmas in rural New England in 1940. The images are practically magical.
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A Rumpole Christmas by John Mortimer

These delightful stories feature a smart and sarcastic barrister, who always ends up playing detective at Christmas time and proves he’s not the Scrooge that others believe him to be.

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A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

A timeless story with a classic character, this book is both exciting and uplifting. Most editions include “other Christmas writings” by Dickens.

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Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

While not completely centered on Christmas, with its themes of family, growth, and moral lessons, this novel will warm the heart at any age.

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Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris

This collection of hilarious, yet surprisingly thoughtful, stories is perfect for any real-life Scrooge. “SantaLand Diaries,” the essay describing Sedaris’s experience as an elf at Macy’s, is considered a classic in some circles.

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