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Holiday Stories

This time of year is filled with lights and decorations and mad shopping for presents. Cookies and other sweets fill the house with delicious scents, and anticipation builds for the main event of present opening and feasting with family. Holiday stories are also an important part of the season. We’ve all seen the TV shows: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, and A Charlie Brown Christmas are two of my family’s favorites. But what about books?

There are countless holiday books available for children and adults. What are your favorites? My all-time favorite has to be Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams. I first encountered this book when I was working at a bookstore after graduating from college. I read it and for the first time realized picture books are not just for children.

So look around you at home, in stores, in libraries. What holiday books are part of your life? List them here. If you want to write a short review, I’ll post that on my review page!

In hardback: The Outcasts by John Flanagan (first in the Brotherband Chronicles)

Narrative

Holiday Stories

The holidays are a festive time of year, perfect for writing about sensory details. There’s the scent of pine trees and pumpkin pie, the laughter of children and jingling of bells, and the taste of Christmas confections that only appear once a year, like maple fudge and peppermint bark.

Everyone knows that sensory details make a story rich and interesting, but first you have to have a story. The holidays are filled with memories of family get-togethers and fantastic presents. Maybe your family goes caroling or visits a neighborhood light festival. All of these are potential stories.

At our house we have a wooden Advent calendar. It is shaped like a Christmas tree, and has numbered circle magnets 1-24. Each day, you place an ornament magnet on the numbered circle. When the tree is filled, it’s Christmas Eve. My boys loved this calendar when they were growing up. They arranged the little ornaments in some undisclosed order, and were very precised about which ornament was put up on which day, and where on the tree it was placed.

Since they have grown up and moved out, the Advent calendar sometimes goes days without an ornament. They come home to visit in mid-December and are horrified, quickly placing the magnets to catch up. They are also disgusted when I place the magnets in the wrong order or in the wrong place. (Remember, I said they had a secret system known only to the two of them). All I know is, Santa is the last ornament, placed on the tree on Christmas Eve morning.

I know you have Christmas stories, and I’d love to hear them. It can be about family, traditions, or a great present you got once. Let’s get festive!

On my Kindle: Laid Out and Candle Lit by Ann Everett