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Every year on the run up to Christmas I read 'Winter Soltice' by Rosamund Pilcher, what books do you read that get you in the festive mood?

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Swifey Sun 25-Oct-15 08:15:35

It is a tradition now, especially in front of the fire with a small (or large) sloe vodka in hand! grin

queenrollo Sun 25-Oct-15 08:20:56

Always read A Christmas Carol by Dickens.
More recently have added Children of Green Knowe by Lucy M Boston to my December reading pile.

Haven't read Winter Solstice - going to order a copy of that now.

ConstantlyCooking Sun 25-Oct-15 08:39:14

I read A Christmas Carol and How Far to Bethlehem (by Norah Lofts) every year and have done since I was a teen. More recent books to be added to my December reading include A Season to Remember by Sheila o'flanagan and Joanna Trollope's Spanish Lover for the description of Christmas Day at the beginning. I am sure there are more but am not by my bookshelf!

hairylittlegoblin Sun 25-Oct-15 08:41:59

Lovely thread. Just marking my place for ideas.

toddlerwrangling Sun 25-Oct-15 09:04:41

The Dark is Rising, The Children of Green Knowe and Box of Delights. So Christmassy!! Have the BBC DVD of Box of Delights too. Really wish they would release the 80s children's BBC version of The Children of Green Knowe on DVD, wonderful Christmassy scenes.

caker Sun 25-Oct-15 10:24:02

Little Women as it starts at Christmas.

scarlets Sun 25-Oct-15 13:22:27

Murder for Christmas (there are two volumes).

Round the Chritsmas Fire - an anthology of short stories.

Hercule Poirot's Christmas and The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding.

A Child's Christmas in Wales read by Dylan Thomas (YouTube).

I'll follow this thread with interest.

JasperDamerel Sun 25-Oct-15 13:26:04

Exactly the same as Toddlerwrangling: The Children of Green Knowe, The Box of Delights and The Dark is Rising. I read Green Knowe to my children last Christmas. This year, I think they are old enough for The Box of Delights.

Gatekeeper Sun 25-Oct-15 13:30:26

Box of Delights (and watch it on dvd)
Twelve Days of Christmas by Trisha Ashley- fluffy hokum

dementedma Sun 25-Oct-15 13:31:54

A Child's Christmas in Wales is lovely. I listen to the audio version on my iPod. Will have to read Winter Solstice

JemimaMuddledUp Sun 25-Oct-15 14:17:21

Chritmas Books by Charles Dickens and The Christmas Mystery by Jostein Gaardner.

Partybugs Sun 25-Oct-15 14:35:00

Lovely thread OP!
I watch the Winter Solstice DVD in the kitchen whilst preparing Christmassy goodies. Sinead Cusack is wonderfu in it.

Gatekeeper Sun 25-Oct-15 14:37:28

'Coming home' is on the telly tomorrow smile

duckbilled Sun 25-Oct-15 14:51:59

I always read surviving Christmas aka Christmas with the kranks.

PerspicaciaTick Sun 25-Oct-15 15:14:39

The Hogfather

And I always reread the passage from Wind in the Willows when Mole goes home on Christmas Eve and the carol singers visit.

Kacie123 Sun 25-Oct-15 16:21:01

A Winter Book by Tove Jansson. Gorgeous.

shash1982 Sun 25-Oct-15 19:47:25

Winter wonderland by Belinda Jones.

shash1982 Sun 25-Oct-15 19:48:44

thlgrin I have halloween emojis but no christmas ones!thlsad

Bakeoffcake Sun 25-Oct-15 20:02:00

Lovely thread.

Christmas At Cold Comfort Farm, it's a book of short stories, starting with a Christmas one. I always enjoy reading it during December.

TheStripyGruffalo Sun 25-Oct-15 20:06:11

Jostein Gaarder, The Christmas Mystery, I read a page a day through advent. I'm buying a copy for my DD this year as she is now old enough.

ThinkAboutItTomorrow Sun 25-Oct-15 20:08:37

Box of delights. DP reads it to me. We start early enough so we are reading the ending on Christmas Eve.

Chottie Sun 25-Oct-15 20:13:35

I love this thread too fsmile

ChristmasZombie Sun 25-Oct-15 20:34:50

A Christmas Carol, The Bible, and The Oxford Book of Christmas Stories.
I'll have to check out some of the suggestions on here!

ChristmasZombie Sun 25-Oct-15 20:49:34

Twinkle Twinkle Little Stars by Gervais Phinn is lovely, too. It's a collection of tidbits about Primary school Nativity plays.

ChristmasZombie Sun 25-Oct-15 21:27:44

Actually, I'm telling fibs! Twinkle Twinkle isn't the Christmas one. The Christmas one is called A Wayne in a Manger.

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