Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Christmas Novels

Do you read Christmas novels? I never really understood the point. I enjoyed Christmas scenes in some of my favorite novels (who can forget Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy deciding to give up their Christmas breakfast?) but I didn't understand why people would want entire novels devoted to the season. Who has time to read an entire novel (or even more than one) about Christmas during December? I purchase children's picture books about Christmas, but didn't have any interest in Christmas literature for adults.

Then one year, I saw A Redbird Christmas by Fannie Flagg in the book section at Sams Club. I am a long time fan of Fannie Flagg, and I really needed a pick-me-up that year. Ms. Flagg cracks me up and it's a short novel, so I thought I'd give it a shot. The book was heartbreaking and heartwarming and changed my opinion slightly about Christmas novels.

I lent it to my Mama the next year. She works at an assisted-living home, and lent it to a resident. I'm fairly certain my copy is now with someone's family and I hope it is in a good home. I saw that it's available at Sams again this year, and I think I may just pick up another copy. Another book that I loved by Fannie Flagg has gone out of print, and I'd hate to lose my chance to own this book I enjoyed so much.

I also saw that Gregory Maguire, the author of Wicked has a Christmas novel out this year, Matchless, that is a reimagining of the Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale "The Little Match Girl." I am a big sucker for reimagined fairy tales (and fairy tales in general), and I have wanted to read a Maguire novel but never gotten around to it.

I currently have Knit The Season by Kate Jacobs on loan from the library. I finished The Friday Night Knitting Club a few weeks ago, and thought I might continue the series. I don't have the second book, though, so I may not get to this one (the third). It's a full length novel, though, so it won't be finished before Christmas at any rate.

Do you read Christmas novels? Which ones have you enjoyed?


Wendy said...

Last year my daughter (now 11) and I took turns reading A Christmas Carol to each other. We sat in front of the fire all day long and read it straight through (it was the shortened version that Dickens, himself, used to read on Christmas day to the people in his town). I was surprised how much of it she understood, considering the language and also how much she loved it. I'd meant to do that again this year, but completely forgot until just now.

I'll have to check out that Fannie Flagg book, too. Daisy Fae and the Miracle Man is one of my favorite books.

And thanks for stopping by my blog. Hope you try some of those cooked sugar designs one day. They're pretty fun.

A Domestic Vignette said...

Well, Deanna, I was just going to mention that my grandmother occasionally buys me Christmas romance novels from the grocery store for Christmas, but something really weird just happened!

WENDY, I've been a fan of YOUR blog for a long time! I recognized your pic. That's just crazy. I love your pattern for reusable shopping and produce bags. LOL, the blog world is a crazy place! ;)

Fun Mama - Deanna said...

Domestic, I hope you subscribed to comments, because I can't see your profile! It seems to be marked as private, which means I can't visit your blog. Thanks for stopping by, and isn't the blogverse small and amazing!

A Domestic Vignette said...

I'll look into that, but you should know you I am now. Sorry for the confusion! :)