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Sunday, November 29, 2009
I know it's just barely past Thanksgiving, but I'm having trouble getting into the Christmas spirit. For some reason, when I think of Christmas's approach, all that comes to mind is the endless list of tasks before me. All the shopping, cooking, baking, cleaning, spending, and mailing, on top of the regular daily tasks. Short of going all Grizzly Adams, I know busyness is just a December reality.

So, in an effort to get into the Christmas spirit, I'm going to read the real Christmas story. I'm going to listen to Christmas music, and hope for the best. But I'm also determined to lose myself in a good Christmas novel. Last year I read Glenn Beck's The Christmas Sweater and loved it.

There's a glut of Christmas stories on the shelves, but I want a great read one that'll remind me of the specialness of Christmas. So, if you have a favorite new read or an old Christmas classic, can you help me out? The sooner I get into the Christmas spirit, the happier I--and everyone around me--will be.

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Denise Hunter  
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At 11:09 PM, Blogger Katey said...

I love the book The Friendly Beasts. When I was little I had to have my mom sing it to me, not just read it. :) I love the pictures in the book also. It is still one of my favorites. I am not sure about any other Christmas stories.

 
At 12:02 AM, Blogger jel said...

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At 9:23 AM, Blogger Denise said...

Hi Denise,

I just finished reading The Christmas Sweater by Glenn Beck, about an hour ago! What a great story!
There are so many Christmas books on the market. You can never go wrong with any of Donna VanLiere's Christmas novels. I try to re-read them every year. She also has a new release, The Christmas Secret.
Today I am going to read Christmas Jars by Jason F. Wright. It is only 122 pages, and I understand that there is a sequel now available. I think he was a co-writer for The Christmas Sweater as well!

 
At 11:24 AM, Blogger Denise Hunter said...

Thanks, Katey. Chidren's books bring back great memories.

Thanks, Denise. I'll have to check out Christmas Jars. If the storytelling is as good as The Christmas Sweater, it'll be a good read. I haven't read Donna VanLiere, so I'll check hers out too.

 
At 12:04 PM, Blogger Deena said...

Denise, I hear you! I just read the most wonderful story, written by a debut author. "The Unfinished Gift" by Dan Walsh is one of the best Christmas stories I've read. Don't know how much it will get you in the holly-jolly mood, but it will definitely touch your heart:-)

 
At 12:34 PM, Blogger Denise Hunter said...

That looks like a good one, Deena. I love a good Christmas story. I watched Hallmark's Christmas movie last night. Even their commercials can make me teary eyed. LOL

 
At 1:40 PM, Blogger Never2manybooks said...

You must read The Paper Bag Christmas by Kevin Alan Milne. I read it last year and was so touched by it. It is a wonderful story. It changed the way I viewed Christmas and all the materialism associated with it. This year I plan to read it again and give it as gifts to my reading group. I am also looking for ways to be of service to others-that puts me in the Christmas spirit.

 
At 2:08 PM, Blogger amber-dawn! said...

"All I Have to Give" by Melody Carlson
"The Christmas Surprise" by Donna Van Liere

 
At 4:13 PM, Blogger Fiction Book Addict said...

You should try The Great Christmas Bowl by Susan May Warren. It's a fun, lighthearted yet poignant look at one mother's last Christmas with her family befor the empty next. It's a great, quick read!

 
At 4:47 PM, Blogger Barb said...

I recommend The Christmas Lizard by Cory Edwards (who did the movie Hoodwinked, BTW). It is a great children's book about what Christmas is really about. I also like Jacob's Gift and The Crippled Lamb by Max Lucado.

 
At 5:49 PM, Blogger Leticia said...

May have to put that Glenn Beck book on my wish list.

I try not to stress too much over the Christmas season. My focus is going to be soley on concentrating on my relationship with Christ and keep fighting the good fight in politics.

 
At 9:44 PM, Blogger Denise Hunter said...

Thanks for your help, everyone! I'm putting your suggestions on my birthday wish list. :-)

 
At 5:41 PM, Blogger Katy McKenna said...

I don't know WHY I love John Grisham's Skipping Christmas so much, but I do. Everyone in it is so cranky and dysfunctional, that it makes me feel GREAT about my life, haha. And kick-starts the Christmas season for me really well, too....

 
At 11:12 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

Jan Karon's Shepherds Abiding. Just found it again last week.

 

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