I love Christmas. Without focusing on the religious aspect of the holiday, I'm talking about the joy, anticipation, and good cheer the season brings. I love wandering through the stores and seeing the children all excited, waiting to see Santa Claus. I enjoy strolling through my city streets and "oohing" and "aahing" over the lights and decorations. One memory, from my kindergarten days that remains with me is a tradition of every Friday night during Advent (the four weeks leading to Christmas) walking with my mother and grandmother through South Philly’s small streets (Friday night was my father’s bowling league night). We’d scrutinize the houses along the way, all lit and decorated, and stop at the “Five and Ten” (aka Woolworth’s). Refreshments were tea for my mom, coffee for my grandmother, and hot chocolate for me. After we warmed up, we’d start the trek home.Time has altered the tradition. Woolworth’s is no more. Grandmom passed away several years ago. Mom isn’t as agile as she was when I was in Kindergarten. Dad walks with a cane and doesn’t bowl any longer. Now, it’s me walking the streets, admiring the decorations on my own. Not on a Friday, but a Thursday on my way home from the library after meeting with my book club.
Whether it’s nostalgia for those days, the season, or needing to look at the snow on a book cover to keep cool during a July heat wave (as my Mom insists), I can read Christmas books any time.
How about you?
Here are some Christmas releases for your TBR list. If you have a Christmas book to recommend, please comment and let us know.
Dedicated to her patients, the serious Dr. Madelyn Ramsay never had time for fun. An unexpected health problem jolts her into the realization that there's more to life than just work. She longs to surrender to the magic of Christmas. But can she handle the charming and secretive Dr. Nick Preston who carries his own package of disillusions? Can she allow two newborn twins to worm their way into her heart?
Tina has a tendency to go a little overboard when decorating for the holidays, but Brian decides her skills are just what he needs to get into the Christmas spirit. Can this budding relationship survive when they find themselves in a knock-down-drag-out competition to win the office’s “most outrageous holiday sweater?”