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  • Writer's pictureDarren M. Palmer

Savoring Christmas Through Reading Classic Holiday Books


The smell of wood burning in the fireplace, the tantalizing aroma of baked goods in the oven, the peaceful falling of the snow, and the beautiful sounds of Carrols coming out of each department store in our towns or cities caresses our souls into knowing that the Christmas season is upon us. Whether or not you are a Christian, the Christmas/Holiday season brings with it a positive, festive energy that can be an incredible gift of inspiration to us writers, authors, or readers.

Christmas tends to be a season to hibernate and reflect upon the year that has passed. It can also be a time of revelation, whether it be through your strong relationship with God by celebrating the birth of Christ, or just simply immersing yourself in the timeless traditions that this holiday season offers. Either way, this time of year has always been a celebration of the miracle that takes place, where everyone in the world receives the promise of joy, light, and renewal of life.

Whether or not you believe that Jesus was born on December 25th, this date is a symbol of renewal. It has always played an important role in our calendar, and when a celebration brings us together, it has a positive influence into our lives and allows us to bring gratitude into our hearts.

Of course, much of the pleasure we get from the holiday, aside from the traditions, cozy clothes, fluffy blankets, and hot aromatic drinks, is derived from being able to cuddle up by the fire with a favorite Christmas book and indulge in reading your guilty pleasures. But, what if you are feeling like the Grinch, and the Christmas vibes aren’t quite doing it for you? Don’t fret! The following three classic book recommendations are sure to spark your holiday spirit.

1. The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding by Agatha Christie

An English country home is, without question, the perfect place to get away for Christmas and become an armchair detective. This book contains a collection of short stories from both of Agatha Christie’s most beloved detectives, Hercule Poirot and Miss Jane Marple, and includes six cases.

2. Letters from Father Christmas by J.R.R. Tolkien

Every Christmas season, J.R.R. Tolkien pretends to be Father Christmas and sends letters to his children. These letters describe the incredibly beautiful life up in the North Pole with much creativity, and are beautifully crafted. You will read about the renegade reindeer scattering presents everywhere, and the clumsy polar bear falling through Father Christmas’ roof. As the children grow older, the letters gradually change in tone and take on a bittersweet nature, as the children eventually stop writing back to Father Christmas.

3. How the Grinch Stole Christmas! by Dr. Seuss

This is the perfect classic book for children to read, especially those who love reading books with rhymes! It is a heart-warming tale about the Grinch, who lives north of Whoville, and hates Christmas along with everything else that is related to the holiday season. He plans to steal Christmas from the Whos of Whoville, however there is a much bigger surprise in store for him. This is an outstanding seasonal children’s book, and readers of all age groups agree that it is always a classic read for Christmas.

We at Self Publish N 30 Days hope these classic and beloved books will add a little holiday magic and cheer to your evenings by the fire, and that they will help you read your way through a wonderful and Merry Christmas!

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