Christmas starts when Santa gets to Macy’s after the parade.
If you are the type to agree with my husband, who believes one can begin to ease into the holidays no earlier than December 10th, and Christmas proper does not begin until the 22nd or so…uh…save reading my posts until then, I guess?
For those who side with me on this one, let’s get a jump-start on December with a few of my personal favorite Christmas reads!
The Stupidest Angel: A Heartwarming Tale of Christmas Terror by Christopher Moore
I love this book. I really really do. I read it every year. In this story, a little boy witnesses Santa’s accidental murder. Luckily, the angel Raziel, who was the angel who brought tidings of the Nativity, is on Earth again to grant a Christmas wish. It’s hilarious, zany, poignant, and filled with zombie mayhem. The tale begins like this: “Christmas crept into Pine Cove like a creeping Christmas thing: dragging garland, ribbon, and sleigh bells, oozing eggnog, reeking of pine, and threatening festive doom like a cold sore under the mistletoe.”
How Mrs. Claus Saved Christmas by Jeff Guinn
Pure Christmas fluff, an unbearably sweet and touching little story! Santa is away in the New World, and Mrs. Claus is in Cromwell’s England, where the Puritans have outlawed Christmas. I love this one for its blend of history and fantasy, and the whole idea of casting Cromwell and the Puritans as the Grinches who steal Christmas from Britain delights me.
The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
A Sherlock Holmes Christmas adventure! Watson goes to Baker Street to visit Holmes at Christmas. And of course, there is a case in need of solving! A case involving a battered hat, a Christmas goose, and a stolen jewel.
Don’t worry, I’ve got plenty more where those came from! Stay tuned to the Readers Corner from now til Christmas–it might even end up being more fun than Halloween!