It’s that time of year where everything is just a little warmer (despite the cold temperatures), has a warmer glow (despite the dark coming in early afternoon) and just feels altogether better (despite…. No, there is nothing to counteract that December just is a little bit better than all the other winter months!)
I adore Christmas – for me it has nothing to do with receiving presents (although they are nice), but all about the warm glow from every home, the pure naturalness of constantly consuming warm drinks and sweet pastries, and the joy of seeing someone you love open that one present they had no idea they wanted, but was perfect nonetheless.
And while I love reading all year round, it’s always a little extra cosy when it’s done while having a steaming mug of tea and being surrounded by red elves in your home.
This last week I’ve had even more time than usual to indulge in my favourite pastime as I somehow managed to fall quite unfortunately down a flight of stair last week and injure my knee so badly that I’ve had to stay home from work and just sit with it elevated. While it’s extremely inconvenient both for work and planning Christmas (not to mention quite painful!), I have tried to enjoy being in a temporary position of being able to do nothing at all but relax in my best reading chair. And catch up on some of the Christmas-themed reading I always plan, but never seem to get around to before the month is suddenly over.
This year, my list consists of a rather eclectic selection of books pertaining to Christmas in one way or another – although it’s actually quite difficult to find a big variety if, like me, you’re not a big fan of romance novels.
“A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens
This one is a given which I absolutely adore and want to start over the second I finish it! I’m lucky enough to own an old illustrated version from the 1920s which somehow makes the story even more magical.
“The Stupidest Angel” by Christopher Moore
A very silly and in-your-face humorous book about a small town being given a “more than they bargained for” Christmas miracle by a less-than-clever angel – involving murder, zombies and madness!
“Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares” by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
This book was all the rage a few years ago, and while reviews are very mixed, I find the whole concept very fascinating and really liked “Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist”, so I’m hoping for nothing more than a cute, fun YA romance filled with nerdy bookish references.
“The Snow Child” by Eowyn Ivey
I’m almost embarrassed to include this book as I really should have read it SO long ago! When I first started seriously keeping an eye on new releases and filling up my TBR shelves on Goodreads, this book was on there. Whenever cold times came around (which happens a lot), I wanted to read this. Every time someone I knew read this (and inevitably praised it), I wanted to start right at that moment! And yet…. Somehow I still haven’t managed. So this time! You believe in me, right?
“De dansk-vestindiske nisser” by Flemming Jensen
This is a tiny Danish book that my mother gave to me many years ago which I’ve somehow never managed to read, but seems appropriate. It’s a story about the “nisser” (which, for my non-Danish readers, is a kind of elf that is very prevalent in the Danish Christmas tradition) who apparently have some relation to the old Danish colonies which are today the U.S. Virgin Islands in the Caribbean. The author is a very well-known and beloved Danish comedian, and the book is divided into 24 small chapters for each day of the month leading up to Christmas. Very quaint, silly and lovely so far.