“I wish we could put up some of the Christmas spirit in jars and open a jar of it every month.”–Harlan Miller
Oh how I too wish we could do that. After all, its the most wonderful time of the year!
Merry Christmas to all!
Wishing you all will be spending your holidays in the most wonderful and coziest way possible, I decided to share how I spend my ‘Reading time’ during the holidays.
There have been numerous books written on and about Christmas and the holidays in general and many others fit in the criteria of the best books to read during the holidays.
The books that I read and re-read during the holidays, just to get me into that spirit, are two classics. Yes, Classics! One a Christmas Classic and the other a book from the classic genre bookshelf.
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Talking about books about Christmas, this book might be the first one to pop up in anyone’s mind. To me, it was the easiest Dickens read I could ever find. As a suggestion, if you are just starting off with Mr. Dickens work, pick this one up first. Everyone is aware of who Scrooge is, even if they haven’t read the book. That’s how unforgettable the characters of this book are. Its a heart-warming story of a single night that turns a persons character and make him realize the true spirit of Christmas. There are many adaptations based on this, but nothing like a quick read of the original to get you into the festive spirit.
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
“Christmas won’t be Christmas without any presents”. That’s how the book starts, hence it would be unfair to not include it in the Top Christmas reads list. Yes, I am a grown women who loves reading this children’s classic. And not just once, all the time! This story of March girls is a classic and is as feminist as it gets considering the period it is written about. I have loved every character in this book and honestly have related to each one of them at some point in my life. The book is semi-autobiographical, Jo March’s character being the closest to Alcott’s life. The characters are flawed and that’s how one can relate to this book better. Christmas and New Year’s eve are the two important events that defines the destinies of the characters of this book. The book goes in a full circle, starting and ending with the festive season.
There are many other books that I would want to include in the list, but these two are my absolute favorites. Even if I am not spending all my time reading during the holidays season, I would still spare some time to my beloved festive favorites. What are you reading these holidays?