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Sweatpants & Books | 5 Books to Create Your Own Literary Christmas Moment

By Kirsten Clark

In Louisa Mae Alcott’s enduring class Little Women, she aptly encapsulates the joy that comes from combining the Christmas season with the pleasure of a good book when she writes that, “The rooms were very still while the pages were softly turned and the winter sunshine crept in to touch the bright heads and serious faces with a Christmas greeting.” Create your own literary Christmas moment, Alcott style, complete with pages softly turned, by opening one of these festive Christmas titles.

1. The Chimes By Charles Dickens

The Chimes - Charles Dickens

The Chimes: A Goblin Story of Some Bells that Rang an Old Year Out and a New Year In is a story written by a classic of the English literature Charles Dickens. The Chimes is the second in his Christmas Books, the collection of particular moral messages. One New Year’s Eve, the main character of the story, 60-year-old casual messenger Trotty Veck is filled with gloom because of the reports of crimes and immorality of the working class in the newspapers. Trotty wonders whether the workers are wicked by nature or poverty and oppression made them like that . . .

2. Christmas with Anne: And Other Holiday Stories (Audiobook) By L.M. Montgomery

Christmas with Anne - L.M. Montgomery

The story of Anne Shirley has endured generation after generation and catapulted L.M. Montgomery into the ethos of literature. Here, Dreamscape presents a collection of holiday stories featuring Anne and other characters.

3. Chicken Soup for the Soul: A Book of Christmas Miracles: 101 Stories of Holiday Hope and Happiness By Amy Newmark

Chicken Soup for the Soul - A Book of Christmas Miracles - Amy Newmark

Christmas and Miracles! Two of our favorite things. There’s no better way to celebrate the season! Anyone who loves the holidays will enjoy these magical stories of joy and wonder.

4. Maybe This Christmas By Sarah Morgan

Maybe This Christmas - Sarah Morgan

This winter, ex-skiing champion, reformed heartbreaker and single dad Tyler O’Neil has only one mission—making sure his daughter, Jess, has the best Christmas ever. The fact that his best friend, Brenna, is also temporarily moving into his chalet at the overbooked Snow Crystal resort is a delicious distraction he’s simply going to have to ignore. Theirs is the one relationship he’s never ruined, and he’s not about to start now.

Ski pro Brenna Daniels knows all about the perils of unrequited love—she’s been in love with Tyler for years. But living with him is absolute torture… How can she concentrate on being his friend when he’s sleeping in the room next door? Then when Tyler kisses Brenna, suddenly the relationship she’s always dreamed of feels so close she could almost touch it. Could this be the Christmas her dreams of a happy-ever-after finally come true?

5. A Winter Dream By Richard Paul Evans

A Winter Dream - Richard Paul Evans

Joseph Jacobson is the twelfth of thirteen siblings, all of whom are employed by their father’s successful Colorado advertising company. But underneath the success runs a poisonous undercurrent of jealousy; Joseph is his father’s favorite and the focus of his brothers’ envy and hatred. When the father seems ready to anoint Joseph as his heir, the brothers make their move, forcing Joseph from the company and his Denver home, severing his ties to his parents and ending his relationship with his soon-to-be fianceé. Alone and lonely, Joseph must start a new life.

Joseph joins a Chicago advertising agency where his creativity helps him advance high up in the company. He also finds hope for a lasting love with April, a kind woman with a secret. However, all secrets hold consequences, and when Joseph learns the truth about April’s past, his world is again turned upside down. Finally, Joseph must confront his own difficult past in order to make his dreams for the future come true.

 

Kirsten Clark is a high school English and Social Studies teacher, a reader, a runner, a writer, a lover of good food, and most importantly, a new mom. Kirsten lives in Vermilion, Alberta with her husband, and since welcoming a baby boy last December, she is embracing the new adventure of motherhood with all of its ups and downs. She occasionally blogs at shelooksforadventure.com, and posts regularly on Instagram @kirstenlanae. Find her on Twitter also.

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