Still Celebrating Christmas… Schastlivogo Rozhdestva! #Christmas #Books

Today is Orthodox Christmas. Schastlivogo Rozhdestva! Technically, my family celebrates Christmas on the 25th of December, but we continue the season through January. We are still celebrating the season with books, crafts, and recipes. Here’s what I’m reading:

Sunless Solstice: Strange Tales for the Longest Nights – Edited by Lucy Evans and Tanya Kirk

Goodreads is excellent for recommendations. That’s how I discovered this book. Although not traditional for some people, I love haunting ghost stories throughout the year. With that said, I’m not into horror. Hopefully, this is exactly what I’m looking for.

Another festive edition to the Tales of the Weird series, following on from Spirits of the Season and Chill Tidings. A unique selection ranging from the spooky haunted houses of Victorian Christmastime to experimental twentieth-century horrors. It offers a truly international scope of stories, from the pine forests of Canada to the peaks of the Alps.

Like any other boy I expected ghost stories at Christmas, that was the time for them. What I had not expected, and now feared, was that such things should actually become real.

Strange things happen on the dark wintry nights of December. Welcome to a new collection of haunting Christmas tales, ranging from traditional Victorian chillers to weird and uncanny episodes by twentieth-century horror masters including Daphne du Maurier and Robert Aickman.

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Book Review: A Very Scandinavian Christmas by Hans Christian Andersen, August Strindberg, Selma Lagerlöf, Karl Ove Knausgård… #BookReview #Christmas

A Very Scandinavian Christmas

by: Hans Christian Andersen, August Strindberg, Selma Lagerlöf, Karl Ove Knausgård, Hjalmar Söderberg, Ingvar Ambjørnsen, Johan Krohn, Hans Aanrud, Vigdis Hjorth, O.E. Rølvaag, Peter Christen Asbjørnsen, Jørgen Moe, Zachris Topelius


Our fourth book in the very popular Very Christmas series, this collection brings together the best Scandinavian holiday stories including classics by Hans Christian Andersen of Denmark; Nobel Prize winner Selma Lagerlöf, August Strindberg and Hjalmar Söderberg of Sweden; as well as the popular contemporary Norwegian author Karl Ove Knausgård. These Nordic tales–coming from the very region where so much of traditional Christmas imagery originates–convey a festive and contemplative spirit laden with lingonberries, elks, gnomes, Sami trolls, candles, church spires, gingerbread, and aquavit in abundance. A smorgasbord of unexpected literary gifts that make up a vibrant, elegant hardcover volume sure to provide plenty of pleasure and hygge, that specifically Scandinavian blend of coziness and contentment.

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Book Review: A Christmas in the Alps by Melody Carlson #Christmas #BookReview

A Christmas in the Alps

by Melody Carlson


After a time of heartache and loss, Simone Winthrop discovers a tantalizing letter from her French great-grandmother, which seems to suggest that she is heir to a family treasure. Ever practical, Simone assumes the claim is baseless, but her best friend encourages her to find out for sure. Despite her deep-rooted fear of flying, Simone boards a jet to travel to Paris at Christmastime to uncover the truth.

During the long flight, Simone meets the charming Kyle Larsson, who’s on his way to France to become an apprentice clockmaker. Though they abruptly part ways, an unexpected rendezvous in the French Alps at Simone’s family’s clock factory may lead to the discovery of the family treasure . . . and so much more.

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Merry Christmas Mini Book Haul – The Old Magic of Christmas – The Christmas Chronicles -The Return of the Light #Christmas #ChristmasReads

Ho ho ho! It’s Christmas Eve, and here’s my mini Christmas book haul. The hustle and bustle of Christmas isn’t going to leave much time for reading, especially when I’m spending time with some of our children’s favorites from Jan Brett, Chris Van Allsburg, and Charles Dickens. We just finished J.K. Rowling’s new book The Christmas Pig, which turned out lovely. I’m hoping to read these books below over Christmas break on into January.

Here’s what I picked up…

The Old Magic of ChristmasYuletide Traditions for the Darkest Days of the Year by Linda Raedisch-

Blurb: Not so very long ago, Yuletide was as much a chilling season of ghosts and witches as it was a festival of goodwill. In The Old Magic of Christmas you’ll find a Christmas bestiary and a White Witch’s herbal, as well as tips for delving more deeply into your relationship with the unseen. Bring the festivities into your home with cookie recipes and ornament making while brushing elbows with veiled spirits and discovering the true perils of elves. Rife with the more frightful characters from folklore and the season’s most petulant ghosts, this book takes you on a spooky sleigh ride from the silvered firs of a winter forest to the mirrored halls of the Snow Queen.

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