Of course, it’s almost never not a good time to read, but there are certain books that seem most appropriate at certain times of year, just as there are foods that taste best during particular seasons. Here begins a list of some of my favorite reading for Christmas time.
I almost always read straight through The Birds’ Christmas Carol by Kate Douglas Wiggin as soon as I come across it in the process of unpacking seasonal gear. It’s a slim, sugar-sweet, old-fashioned volume full of the kind of earnest sentimentality that I wouldn’t want a steady diet of; but sometimes a good cry is just what I need to clear my head to get into the holiday spirit.
Then I’m ready to move on into the rich, traditional fare:
A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
The Gift of the Magi – O. Henry
A Child’s Christmas in Wales – Dylan Thomas
The Night Before Christmas – Clement Clark Moore
and a couple of slightly newer additions to the mix:
How the Grinch Stole Christmas - Dr. Seuss
The Snowman - Raymond Briggs
Next time, a seasonal sampler.