If the day after Thanksgiving signals the start of early-bird specials and chaotic Christmas shopping, it also represents the first day (in my mind) when decorating, playing Christmas music, and thinking about Christmas becomes not only acceptable, but expected.
Diverging for a moment from the theme of literature and culture, allow me to reflect on the Christmas “must-reads” on my list. Few of them are distinctly “Christmas” books, but they inexplicably give me a Christmassy feeling every time I read them, like smelling pine needles or beeswax candles, or hearing Handel’s Messiah. So why not skip the Black Friday crowds and settle in for a lazy afternoon of great reads?
My top 7:
- The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe – C.S. Lewis
- Little Women – Louisa May Alcott
- Ben Hur – Lew Wallace
- Silas Marner – George Eliot
- The Bone People – Keri Hulme
- While Mortals Sleep – Jack Cavenaugh
- A Christmas Carol – Dickens
What are your Christmas favorites?
(feel free to share movies or plays as well!)