Reading: Christmas

Christmas Lights

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I don’t know if there is such a thing as a Christmas Genre, but there should be.  When I cruise the library shelves there are hundreds of fiction titles on/about Christmas. A good bit of them are closer to Novellas than full novels, but that’s fine.

Welcome to the Christmas addict support group.  Please stop playing with the tinsel and sit down.  My name is Caren and I am a Christmas addict.  I have been known to decorate for Christmas the 3rd week in October, and every inch of my house is covered with bright and shiny.  Even my Nativity scene, first thing to go up and last to come down, has twinkle lights.  And I love Christmas literature.

This is the one form of literature that I can deal with being sappy.  It’s OK, Christmas makes me sappy.  When I read this genre, I want a happy ending, festivities with family & friends, and the odd ball neighbor thrown in for excitement.  That doesn’t mean I don’t read other Christmas stories, I love a good murder for the holidays, but generally I want a happy tale.

A few of my favorites are:

  • The Spy Who Came For Christmas, By David Morrell- this breaks my happy rule, but it is a great suspense read from the guy who gave us Rambo.  Beyond Christmas books, this is one of the best books I’ve ever read.
  • Christmas in Harmony, by Philip Gulley- there’s a series of Harmony books, I love them all.  They are centered in the small town of Harmony and the local Quaker church.  They are uplifting.
  • Christmas at the Mysterious Bookshop– an anthology edited by Otto Penzler.  This is a great collection of Christmas themed mysteries by some of the best mystery writers.
  • An Irish Country Christmas– by Patrick Taylor, this book borders on fantasy because it envisions a northern Ireland where Protestant and Catholics live peacefully together and even go to a single church on Christmas. It’s a wonderful book.
  • Blue Christmas– by Mary Kay Andrews.  It’s Mary Kay!  It’s Southern and funny.  One of my all time favorites.
  • The Book of Luke for the biblical story of Christmas. Read every Christmas Eve since I was a child.

There are dozens more books that celebrate the joy of Christmas.  Some are nontraditional tales others are feel good light reads meant to put a smile on your face.

What’s your favorite Christmas book?

Row80 update:

Reading: Just finished a book that is out of my reading box in two areas.  It’s a faith book and a sappy romance.  It was OK.

Writing: Nada, unless you count working on edits and rewriting sections 🙂

Revisions:  Originally, I had planned on working on my novel…instead I’m working on a short.  Guess what, it’s about Christmas! It’s a fantasy short story.

Submissions: This love of Christmas literature may be the reason several of my stories take place during Christmas.  Including the short I hope to have released the first week of October.  The Fruitcake, is a short tale involving everyone’s favorite holiday treat.  Stop laughing, some people actually like fruitcake, just not me.

How are your goals going?


4 thoughts on “Reading: Christmas

  1. I can’t say I’m much a fan of the Christmas genre. Nothing against it, just never something I’ve been big on, not even Christmas movies (except maybe the Muppet Christmas Carol, which continues to be my favorite). Still, I have fond memories of reading The Best Christmas Pageant on Earth several times in elementary school, and I should re-read that again. I bet I’d love it even more now.


  2. I like fruitcake. Everyone in my family does. So, send it here if you don’t want it!

    At my local library they have Christmas books marked on the spine (There’s a candy cane) and they gather them together during the holidays.

    Sounds like you have a focus to your goals this week. Looks like they went well too. Keep up the good work!


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