In case you’re counting, there are now *11 days* until Christmas! Are you close to ready? I have bought everything that I need to, decorated my apartment, helped my parents decorate their house, and made approximately four Christmas music playlists, so I’m in good shape! There are still several things to be done, but I think I will able to accomplish everything at an enjoyable pace.
Today’s 12 Days of Christmas post is another special edition of a post that I usually do once a month: #SpelltheMonthinBooks.
For this challenge, use the first letter of each book title to spell the current month (skipping articles such as A or The). Since this month’s post falls during the 12 Days of Christmas blog party, I’m going to use only Christmas-themed books to make this month’s stack. And, since I talked about my TBR-listed Christmas books yesterday, I am going to start with Christmas books that I have read before, and then take a dive into the Goodreads Christmas tag to fill out the rest. There is no telling what I will find!
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December (Christmas!) Bookstack
A Dog Named Christmas (A Dog Named Christmas #1) by Greg Kincaid – Contemporary Fiction
When Todd McCray, a developmentally challenged young man still living on his parents’ Kansas farm, hears that a local animal shelter is seeking temporary homes for its dogs during the days leading to Christmas, he knows exactly what he wants for the holidays. His father objects, but Todd’s persistence quickly wins out. Soon the McCrays are the short-term foster family for a lovable pooch the young man names Christmas.
But what about all the other dogs who will be forced to spend the Yuletide season in cages? In the days that follow, Todd uses his special gifts of persuasion to encourage his hometown to participate in the Adopt a Dog for Christmas Program. What follows from his small act of kindness will teach his family, and his community, about peace on earth and good will toward men and animals.
Esther Ashton’s New Dress by Kellyn Roth – Historical Fiction Short Story
Recently-orphaned Esther Ashton doesn’t expect much from Christmas with her brother away fighting in the South Pacific, her sister-in-law hospitalized with a new baby, and her job at the department store providing little to no profit. Will Esther have any sort of a Christmas or will it be another dud?
Read in 2018. My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
The Carols of Christmas: A Celebration of the Surprising Stories Behind Your Favorite Holiday Songs by Andrew Gant – Nonfiction
Everyone loves a carol–in the end, even Ebenezer Scrooge. They have the power to summon up a special kind of mid-winter mood, like the aroma of gingerbread or the twinkle of lights on a tree. It’s a kind of magic.
But how did they get that magic? Andrew Gant — choirmaster, church musician, university professor, and writer — tells the story of some twenty carols, each accompanied by lyrics and music, unraveling a captivating, and often surprising, tale of great musicians and thinkers, saints and pagans, shepherd boys and choirboys. Readers get to delve into the history such favorites as “Good King Wenceslas,” “Away in a Manger,” and “O, Tannenbaum,” discovering along the way how “Hark, the Herald Angels Sing” came to replace “Hark, how all the welkin’ ring” and how Ralph Vaughan Williams applied the tune of an English folk song about a dead ox to a poem by a nineteenth century American pilgrim to make “O Little Town of Bethlehem.”
Read in 2018. My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
An Endless Christmas by Cynthia Ruchti – Contemporary Inspirational Romance
Christmas takes a very different turn when the guests of honor break up instead of announcing their engagement. Trapped with his family, they learn that love looks different than either imagined. Both in their eighties, Dodie and Wilson Binder celebrate every Christmas as if it were their last. This year, their grandson Micah is planning to ask his girlfriend, Katie, to marry him so they can celebrate with the whole family. But things go very wrong when she says “no.” Now they are stuck. Too many people, too much snow, and too little room should be a recipe for disaster. But sometimes too much is just enough. Especially when it’s Christmas.
My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories by Various Authors – YA Contemporary Fiction
If you love holiday stories, holiday movies, made-for-TV-holiday specials, holiday episodes of your favorite sitcoms and, especially, if you love holiday anthologies, you’re going to fall in love with My True Love Gave To Me: Twelve Holiday Stories by twelve bestselling young adult writers, edited by international bestselling author Stephanie Perkins.
Borrowing Amor (Borrowing Amor #1) by Kat Bellemore – Contemporary Clean Romance
Two weeks before Christmas, Katie is kicked out of her apartment. Again. Rather than wander the streets and continue to work for a dirty cop, she decides to leave the city and disappear for good. But her car breaks down in a New Mexico town, and everything is threatened when she falls for the charming mayor.
Sam Freedman is the first bachelor mayor of Amor. After convincing the locals that having a mayor without family responsibilities means he can dedicate all his time to the community, townspeople watch his every move. Then Katie Andersen shows up. Against Sam’s better judgement, he hires her to replace his event coordinator. Now he can barely think straight, let alone run a town.
In the midst of half-truths and outright lies, Katie and Sam desperately search for the place where honesty and trust lead to love. Can they find it before the past catches up with them?
Read in 2019. My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ My Review: Christmas Book Review: Borrowing Amor by Kat Bellemore
Esther’s Gift: A Mitford Christmas Story by Jan Karon – Inspirational Contemporary Fiction
In Esther’s Gift, Esther Bolick is filled with the holiday spirit as she prepares to bake the annual batch of her famous-and utterly scrumptious-orange marmalade cakes. Right after Christmas Eve service at Lord’s Chapel, she and Gene will deliver a two-layer marmalade to each of seven friends and neighbors, all of them favorite Mitford characters. Then Gene calculates what it costs to bake this legendary cake, and Esther is stunned. Is it worth it to spend so much money on people who haven’t always measured up to her expectations? The answer is clear. She’ll cut her list back-way back.
This decision makes perfect sense until the lyrics of a Christmas carol steal into her heart, and help remind her what a gift really means.
Red Boots by Kate Willis – Short Story, Historical Fiction
A pair of shiny red boots bring unexpected Christmas joy to a shopkeeper and a little girl.
Read in 2019. My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ My Review: Christmas Short Story Review: Red Boots by Kate Willis
Have you read any of these books? Can you spell “December” with the Christmas books you know about?
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Until the next chapter,