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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Flower Friday: Poinsettia #FlowerFriday #Christmas #Poinsettia #Flowers

I discovered Flower Friday while visiting Lorilin@Bugbugbooks and decided to begin sharing some flower pictures from our gardens along with some information about them. Please check out Lorilin’s blog if you haven’t already for book reviews and more!

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Here’s a quick post for Flower Friday today: a beautiful Poinsettia for Christmas…

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I picked this up at Lowes. We’ve never had anything different from the classic red, so this white and red mix is a nice change.

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Book Review: A Wedding in December by Sarah Morgan #BookReview #Christmas #AWeddinginDecember #20booksforChristmas

A Wedding in December

by Sarah Morgan

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My thoughts:

Aside from reading a few reviews, I went into this one blind and ended up falling in love with it–nearly reading it in one sitting. A Wedding  in December consumed the majority of my Sunday.

The book opens with Maggie, mother of two daughters (Katie and Rosie) who are now both in their twenties and living on their own. Maggie sort of has some empty nest syndrome because she’s spent most of her life making a home for her family, including her husband Nick, but so much has changed. It’s Christmas, Maggie’s favorite time of year, and she can’t wait to decorate their home in England (Honeysuckle Cottage) for their annual family celebration. She expects both girls to come home for Christmas. After a phone call brings the announcement of a Christmas wedding (in Aspen, Colorado), Maggie begins to think this might be the worst Christmas ever.

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Book Review: A Treasury of Christmas Miracles by Karen Kingsbury #BookReview #Christmas #Christian #20booksforChristmas

A Treasury of Christmas Miracles

by Karen Kingsbury

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My thoughts:

Joyful, inspiring, and full of hope–A Treasury of Christmas Miracles is a compilation of about fourteen true stories where people were blessed with a miracle, many connected to Christmastime.

“Unfortunately we live with a sense of urgency for all the wrong reasons. Perhaps our time would be better spent looking for the miracles that so clearly exist around us. Especially during the Christmas season.”

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