Books of Christmas present
There are many books that we think of as Christmas classics, Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol, A Child’s Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas, Miracle on 34th Street, The Night Before Christmas by Clement Moore and How The Grinch Stole Christmas are some of the favourites. It has again become a tradition for contemporary writers to write a special book for Christmas. The Christmas Tree - Two Tales For The Holidays by David Adams Richards is a beautiful little Christmas book sure to become a Canadian classic. Dylan Thomas had childhood memories of Christmas in Wales, but we have David Adams Richards and New Brunswick. This is where David Adams Richards grew up and where these tales are set. These are two absolutely perfect little stories that no family should be without. They are humorous, heartwarming and perfect for all ages, read them together as a family - then share your own Christmas memories, and create new ones as you spend your day with your loved ones.
What Canadian Christmas is complete without Dave Cooks The Turkey by Stuart McLean. We know this story from the CBC radio program The Vinyl Café, but it is also now a book. If you know this story you will never think of cooking the Christmas turkey without grinning to yourself as you think of poor Dave and his desperation. It is a terrific book to read aloud as a family - guaranteed to make all ages laugh out loud.
The Christmas Quilt by Jennifer Chiaverini complements her popular series. Christmas is known as the joyous season but it can also be a time of sadness. We may be surrounded by family, but we may also be missing a family member who is away from home or deceased. In this novel Sylvia Bergstrom is missing the Christmas joys of her youth - she is the last of her family. Sarah McClure and her new husband are sharing a home with Sylvia, which they insist on decorating for the holidays. Meanwhile, Sylvia is hoping to find a way to end an estrangement between Sarah and her mother. Among the Christmas decorations found in the attic is an old quilt left incomplete by Sylvia’s ancestors. As Sylvia and Sarah prepare for Christmas, working to complete the quilt, baking and decorating together, they are making new Christmas traditions of their own. This is a book any quilter would like to find under the tree.
The Christmas Thief by mother and daughter mystery writers Mary Higgins Clark and Carol Higgins Clark is a light little stocking stuffer - a perfect escape for holiday reading.
Each year a huge tree is selected by the Rockefeller Centre, and this year it is the beloved tree of a Vermont couple. There are a group of bad guys, one of whom cheated a lottery winner, and many others, out of their fortunes - he has just been released from prison and is heading to Vermont where he hid his fortune. There are some very nice good guys, one is the now impoverished lottery winner - they are taking a holiday in Vermont. Needless to say they all unwillingly come together. This is a book where we know the bad guys are going to get what they deserve and the good guys and going to be safe and happy - there is some suspense but no great distress - perfect for the day when you can just stay in pajamas, spend the day on the couch with a book - and fall asleep if you like!
May your Christmas be a happy one!