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Old 12-10-2012, 05:05 AM   #1
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Favorite Christmas Reading!

Anyone reading any good Christmas or Holiday stories? Just wondering. I'm reading the christmas train by Baldacci, I just started it. Anyone else read any holiday stories that they loved and recommend?
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Old 12-10-2012, 05:31 AM   #2
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Ever year I reread the Life and Adventures of Santa Claus by L. Frank Baum. My parents used to read it out loud to us kids when we were little. I just love Baum's take on the legend, what with the old school magic and the fairies. I really don't care for what I call Mall Santas, but the idea of a more rustic, woodworking Santa is oddly very heartwarming to me.
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I imagine there are still copies out there, maybe even reprints. If so, you need to find The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, starring the Herdman gang.
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The Hogfather by Terry Pratchett.

Oddly enough, although it's clearly Christmas oriented, the book is really about how to kill the Tooth Fairy...
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I imagine there are still copies out there, maybe even reprints. If so, you need to find The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, starring the Herdman gang.
How could I forget this! I actually got to play Imogene Herdman my senior year of high school. It was so fun being so mean!
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I confess, the idea of seasonal reading is alien to me. It's like when the publishers start advertising their great summer reads. I think, why would I read something different just because it's summer?

Then again, we used to have a small tradition where we'd each write a ghost story and read them to each other on Christmas Eve. That was fun.
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Then again, we used to have a small tradition where we'd each write a ghost story and read them to each other on Christmas Eve. That was fun.
Aww, that sounds cool. None of my family are remotely into storytelling, although my grandad could always be relied upon to mark any festive occasion by randomly launching into a reminiscence about the war. He was pretty much Uncle Albert, and many many looooong, butt-numbing epics started with the famous words 'During the war...', or 'when I was stationed in Palestine...'

He died this September though, so no war stories this Christmas
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I like the Christmas chapter of The Wind in the Willows. Also, Mr. Woodhouse's daring Christmas Eve visit in Emma. Also the ghost stories M. R. James wrote to entertain friends at the Christmas fireside.
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Quite apart from the book's literary merits, my copy of A Christmas Carol spent twenty years in my long-dead grandparents' old house. All I have to do to be transported back there is to sniff gently as I read it every Christmas! I have nothing against Kindle/Nook but they can't provide you with the olfactory aspect of reading...
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I heard on a podcast recently that this was common in the Middle Ages, something about the Three Wise Men as sort of zombies or gory ghosts. The speaker speculated that was where Dickens got the idea for The Christmas Carol.

A favorite Christmas book of mine is The Autobiography of Santa Claus by Jeff Guinn. It's a little historical fiction, a little religion, and a lot of fun.
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Going to echo love for The Best Christmas Pageant Ever! My local community theater group just did the stage version (also written by Robinson, who also wrote the screenplay to the Made for TV movie).

I try and read Baldacci's The Christmas Train every year, it doesn't break any new ground but it's good. Kind of like Grisham's Skipping Christmas (which I also try and read every year)

A Christmas Carol of course
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I'm reading a dark fantasy by Maria DeVivo called THE COAL ELF. It's about an elf-girl who mines coal for all the naughty children. It's really good. Check it out if you want an un-holiday story!
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