Holiday Reads

Posted by: Emily Sabo


At this time of year, the holiday spirit can be infectious. And if, like me, you thoroughly enjoy that spirit and are a book-lover, give in to temptation and immerse yourself in it with a few choice holiday reads. There are rightfully beloved classics such A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, or Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas. But there are also a host of others that touch briefly or indirectly on the topic and still seem imbued with that festive spirit. L.M. Montgomery is one of my favorite authors to suit that purpose and her Anne of Windy Poplars fits the bill nicely. Anne invites her curmudgeonly fellow teacher, Katherine Brooke, home to Avonlea for Christmas and the season and Green Gables conspire to work their transformative magic on Katherine. Even though it’s a familiar outline, it still always makes me wish I too, were spending the holidays on Prince Edward Island!

Do you have any favorites? Plus, any grinches out there who have their own alternative or anti-holiday picks?


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  1. Librarian Editor, December 14, 2007:

    When I was little I used to love the chapter in “Little Women” where they gave up their breakfast on Christmas morning and went to help the German family. (Karen)

  2. Rebecca, December 17, 2007:

    Oh — I LOVE the Anne books! I re-read them often. Thanks for the reminder; it might be time to do that again… 🙂

  3. hillary, December 18, 2007:

    Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris is a great holiday laugh fest. But it is more adult in its content then the books listed above.

  4. Michael, December 18, 2007:

    *A Lion in Winter* is THE quintessential Christmas movie. It even beats out “Sthtuck! Sthuck! Sthtuck!” May your vacation time be enriched by its take on the one family-friendly day everyone (even royalty) can agree on!!!

  5. Terese, December 19, 2007:

    how the grinch stole christmas is one of my favorites!

  6. Emily Sabo, February 1, 2008:

    Have you ever read Anne’s House of Dreams? I just did recently and was really not the crazy about it. It seemed like Anne’s spirit and intelligence were really subdued into being a dutiful “wife.” (And I don’t think that was really in character for either her or Gilbert.)

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