November has flown by and it is already time to share favorite Christmas books. Many are books I have shared before but they are long time favorites, as well as a new favorite.
Please also forgive the odd spacing now and then. I think I tweaked it enough that it looks better than it did originally. Blogger is not amused when you do some cut and pasting. ;)
Books - Nonfiction
~When my friend, Heather LeFebvre, told me she was writing a book about the traditions of Christmas, I knew it would be good. Heather is an excellent writer and artist (as well as the friend who knitted my Mrs. Beaver tea cozy and put together the best wedding survival box for me to enjoy after my son and daughter-in-law's wedding).
The History of Christmas came out last year and I was right, it is lovely and enjoyable to read. This is not only a book of stories but contains many hands on activities a family can do together to celebrate the various traditions, She was right when she predicted the chapter on Colonial Williamsburg would be my favorite. I gave this as a gift to loved ones last Christmas. More information... here.
~Nigel Slater is a British writer best known for his books about food but
he is oh so much more than that. I'm sure we do not share the same opinions on politics and religion but there are times we can find an area of agreement with people and this author is proof of that, especially in his book which is an ode to both Christmas and Winter called Christmas Chronicles.
I love Christmas like many people but I also love Winter... a season
many people do not love. I think those of us who are introverts enjoy an excuse for reading and
candlelight. I adore snow as long as I don't have to drive anywhere.
He also made a podcast talking about Christmas Chronicles and it is available again this year by searching your podcast app for that name. You can also listen to it on the website. I can't think of anything better to listen to during the season (other than Christmas music!).
More information on the book Christmas Chronicles is... here. (Also available on Kindle.) More information on the podcast is... here.
~I only own a few cookbooks specifically for Christmas and sometimes they don't even make it off the shelf in December. I keep them more for reference. However, one book I always take off the shelf is Christmas Thyme at Oak Hill Farm by Marge Clark.
This is a book full of recipes, crafts, and lots of photographs of
Marge's Oak Hill Farm all decked out for the Holidays in the 1990s. It
is good anytime of the year when you need recipes for when you have
guests. Marge was a well known cook, gardener, and herb specialist. I
was saddened when I heard she lost her life in a traffic accident many
years ago now.
I also own her cookbook called Best of Thymes, which I refer to often when wanting a recipe to use a specific herb. It doesn't have photos but it has lots of recipes and information about cooking with herbs.
Info about Christmas Thyme at Oak Hill Farm can be found... here. (Third Party)
Information about Best of Thymes can be found... here. (Third Party)
~Christmas with Rosamunde Pilcher is not a recipe book but it does contain some of her favorite Holiday recipes. If you are a fan of Pilcher's novels, you will love this book with a lot of photos sharing her family's Christmas as well as a short story by Pilcher.
Info about Christmas with Rosamunde Pilcher is... here.
~Christmas in the Heartland by Marcia Adams is a book I've had for a very long time. I loved her old PBS show about Amish cooking. This book is full of chapters about various places in the Midwest, their recipes, and their crafts. Many of them come from an ethnic perspective brought by the original settlers of the towns. The photos are beautiful.
Info about Christmas in the Heartland can be found... here.
~Cozy Christmas Baking: A Hygge-Inspired Christmas by Abby Jo VanHoutain is a beautiful cookbook by the blogger at Forgotten Way Farms and her daughter. Each recipe has its' own page (two if needed) with a photo of the finished product. I keep this in the basket that holds my most used cookbooks all year round. It is lovely and the recipes are excellent!
Info about Cozy Christmas Baking can be found... here.
Books - Fiction
~A City of Bells is one of my very favorite of the Goudge books. At least part of it takes place at Christmas and as with most Goudge books, I came to love these characters.
~The Dean's Watch is set during the Christmas season and it is a favorite Goudge book of many readers. ~Pilgrim's Inn has a Christmas section, also making it an enjoyable reread this time of year. I think Pilgrim's Inn is a great introduction for someone who has never read a Goudge book before.
Of course, there is Goudge's "children's book" called I Saw Three Ships. It is a beautiful Christmas book, one of her rather mystical stories. The black and white illustrations are beautiful.
~I've mentioned her A Christmas Book on previous posts. It is
quite difficult to find right now but it contains Christmas scenes from
the afore mentioned books. I bought a very reasonably priced copy a few
years ago that was a library discard. I kept the title on my Wish List
and would check when a low price was available.
More information about A City of Bells in paperback is... here. (Third party)
More information about The Dean's Watch in paperback is... here. (Also available in Kindle.)
More information about Pilgrim's Inn in paperback is... here. (Also available in Kindle.)
More information about I Saw Three Ships in paperback is... here.
More information about A Christmas Book is... here. (If you are interested, I would keep it on your Wish List on Amazon for when more copies are available at reasonable prices... or look elsewhere.)
~Christmas at Fairacre by Miss Read contains three of her Christmas novels in one volume. They are Village Christmas, The Christmas Mouse, and No Holly for Miss Quinn. I reread these stories every year! They are so cozy as they speak of quaint English villages.
~Jan Karon's lovely Christmas novel called Shepherd's Abiding is a favorite of many people. It is a stand alone novel, which can be read even if you have never read any other Mitford books. Although, if you are a fan of Mitford, you will love it even more.
More information about Shepherd's Abiding can be found... here.
Enjoy your Holiday Reading!
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