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Sunday, December 21, 2014

Christmas Book Traditions

Today is the shortest day of the year. The Winter Solstice. Okay, I guess it has 24 hours just like any other day, but the fewest hours of daylight. Acckkkk- I need longer days right now, not shorter days!! I still have lots to get done before the 25th... still a little shopping to do.. still a little decorating (can you believe we don't have our tree up yet??!!).. still some baking to do.. and lots of wrapping yet to do...
I am trying to stay calm.. Christmas will come and go whether I'm ready or not, I keep telling myself.
I'm really looking forward to the several days after Christmas when I can rest. I "go on strike" for a few days, and just put my feet up and read. We eat turkey leftovers and I don't do much other than turn pages and eat the occasional chocolate. I. Can't. Wait.
Speaking of Christmas traditions, I guess you could say books have always been a tradition in my family. I always got a new book or two for Christmas as a child, and that was often my favourite gift. The tradition continues, I still LOVE getting books for Christmas. I have a few on my list this year, but just in case Santa doesn't "come through", I have a good stack waiting for me - some on loan from friends, a few I've bought (just in case we have a huge storm and libraries and stores are closed down for days on end.. wink wink). Just like fabric and chocolate, one must have a "stash"!!  Here's the pile I have awaiting, I can hardly wait to delve into them. Actually there's one there that I have been reading, and am almost through, so it will be my next book review - The Gravity of Birds. However my reading time is very limited right now...
What are you reading?  Do you have any books on your Christmas Wish List?
Happy Winter Solstice! I hope you are all ready for Christmas and finding some time to relax and enjoy the season.






Peace,
Linda

May your longest list this Christmas be the one that counts your blessings.

8 comments:

Jennifer said...

Never mind........soon your days will get longer, while ours will shorten! That's an interesting stack of books, I have just popped onto our library's website and reserved "My notorious life".

Enjoy the chocolate, too!

Dasha said...

I'm with you. Each year I promise myself that I will not let December overwhelm me, and each year is worse than the last! So looking forward to the time out after Christmas. I plan on doing a lot of sitting and reading too. Good luck with yours.

Sheryl S. said...

Happy Christmas Linda. I also look forward to those after Christmas days when there is not so much cooking to do. No time for reading.

Sara D.B. said...

A lovely post! Books are a very important part of our Christmas traditions, too. We open the presents on the 24th, in the evening after the Christmas Dinner, and I have always spent the rest of the evening sitting next to the Christmas tree, enjoying a new book and "some" chocolate.

Thank you so much, Linda, for so many things and...
have a very Merry Christmas! ♥

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I love to give books to my grands! And it's one of my favorite gifts to receive. I am reading Ten Christmas Brides. I love books set at Christmas time! And I love your stack...so many possibilities! Holiday hugs, Diane

Pamela Gordon said...

Okay. It's Monday, Dec. 22. Did you get your tree up?? :) I hope you enjoy your 'reading days' but with power! Sounds like a wet and wild few days coming up. :( Merry Christmas to you and yours. Hugs. Pam

JanetL said...

As much as I adore sitting quietly sewing, the next best thing is sitting quietly reading. My current read is "Stradivari's Genius" by Toby Faber. And I too am giving books to all the grandchildren in book bags I've made.

Dolores said...

I do like Ken Follett and enjoyed Jackdaws. Just finished Daniel Kalla's The Far Side of the Sky. Enjoyed it too. I may read Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand next.

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