Holiday reading

I am salivating like a puppy waiting for a new bone: Next week I am on vacation. Actually, vacation is too strong of a word: Recuperative Time more accurately describes it.

Activities will consist mainly of reading, reorganizing bookshelves and installing my new computer (yup, I bit the techno bullet and got a PowerBook).

All of the above makes for some pretty grateful thanksgiving on behalf of yours truly, Miz Kitten.

Now, if, like me, you are gearing up for the excruciating—er, exciting Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanza/solstice celebrations, here are some of my old literary chestnuts that I’ve roasted by many an open fire. My gift to you, though I’m afraid the list is pretty traditional and well-worn, like a pair of old slippers. A pair of old Christian slippers. But guaranteed Holiday-Spirit-Inducing or your money back. I would only ask that you help me build my list by adding some favorites of your own.

Many thanks, dear bloggers, for your online companionship. May the Thanksgiving spirit envelop you and yours.

The Literate Kitten’s Unofficial Winter Holiday Reading Treasury
To be read liberally, with a dose of eggnog and a dash of merriment

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. “If I could work my will,' said Scrooge indignantly, `every idiot who goes about with "Merry Christmas" on his lips, should be boiled with his own pudding, and buried with a stake of holly through his heart. He should!'” – You gotta love it! A book for young and old, not to be missed, no matter how many film versions Hollywood churns out.

Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris. In “The SantaLand Diaries,” Sedaris chronicles his stint as a Macy’s elf, from the interview process and training seminars to full blown elfdom. Hilarious, and a perfect antidote to the annual commercial OD.

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas by Clement Clark Moore. This takes me straight back to childhood. The less sentimental can choose The Grinch Who Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss. But (True Confession time) I myself am not a Grinch aficionado. (Or would that be a Grinchionado?)

A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote. A gorgeous, heartfelt story. And you can find the text here.

The Gingerbread Man. “You can’t catch me, I’m the Gingerbread Man!” – do you remember this old folktale? For very small children and their children-at-heart parental figures. For thorough enjoyment, find a properly aged, richly-illustrated edition with a Gingerbread Man who truly looks good enough to eat.

Heidi by Johanna Spyri. Possibly due to its snowy Alpine setting, I associate this book with the holidays. Of course, it could be the uplifting tale of friendship overcoming all obstacles and family traditions that invoke the true holiday spirit: selflessness, charity, generosity and—naaaaaaw. I’m pretty sure it’s the snow.


Brandon said...

You know, I was trying to put together a similar list of holiday favorites, but I confess that I haven't read anything related to Christmas. Not even "A Christmas Carol." However, that'll probably change by December.

Rebecca H. said...

Have a great vacation!

Anonymous said...

Have a wonderful vacation! YOu know, I've read a lot of Sedaris, but not Holidays on Ice. I might have to pick that up after Thanksgiving...

Anonymous said...

Sounds like you have a delightful time planned. I love Holidays on Ice. Sedaris is awesome isn't he.

charlotte said...

Enjoy your break - it sounds well-deserved and like it's going to be fun. I've racked my brains for Christmas lit and all I've come up with is kids' stuff: The Nutcracker and 'Twas the Night Before Christmas - both things I read to my children at Christmastime.

Anonymous said...

Hope you're having a nice vacation! I am looking forward to a nice long weekend at least. I plan on reading A Christmas Carol this year finally--nice list! :)