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Subject: Does anyone know of any old fashioned Christmas books?
Date Posted: 11/2/2010 8:35 PM ET
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New to Paperback Swap but so far I am in love with it. I want  a few warm fuzzy wuzzy old fashioned type of Christmas books to read over the holidays. You know the kind like Little House on the Prarie, or maybe a few orphans lost in the snow finding a home, something reminscent of Little Women or 5 Little Peppers. Any suggestions would be great.  Thanks

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Date Posted: 11/2/2010 9:29 PM ET
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Well, since you mention Little Women, have you read LMA's Christmas Treasuryhttp://www.paperbackswap.com/Louisa-Alcotts-Christmas-Louisa-May-Alcott/book/1589199502/

How about the classics? Dickens' A Christmas Carol or O.Henry's "The Gift of the Magi" -- have you read them? 

Capote's A Christmas Memory

The mystery writer Anne Perry has novellas every year centered around Christmas. 

An Irish Country Christmas by Patrick Taylor. 

Greeley's A Christmas Wedding

Debbie Macomber has a bunch of Christmas books of the feel-good variety: http://www.debbiemacomber.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=books&pageID=35

Date Posted: 11/2/2010 9:45 PM ET
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Try Pilgrim's Inn by Elizabeth Goudge. Lovely book!

Date Posted: 11/4/2010 1:05 PM ET
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I like Fannie Flagg's A Redbird Christmas

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Date Posted: 11/6/2010 12:23 AM ET
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Christmas in Georgia (ISBN-13: 9780931948831) is a collection of 5 Christmas stories by Celestine Sibley. I remember reading it growing up and loving it. Not kids' stories, but enjoyable for all ages.

Date Posted: 11/9/2010 9:19 AM ET
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One of my favorite books from my childhood...

The Bird's Christmas Carol by Kate Wiggins.   

Few characters embody the spirit of Christmas more fully than Kate Douglas Wiggin's Carol Bird. This classic Christmas story by the author of Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm features a child as memorable and charitable as Dickens's Tiny Tim. Born on Christmas Day, Carol is the Bird family's special Christmas baby. As her tenth birthday approaches, declining health threatens young Carol's life. Her only concern, however, is for the happiness of the less fortunate neighbor children, for whom she plans an unforgettable holiday celebration. Since 1888 this bittersweet holiday classic has been cherished by generations of young readers, reminding them of the true nature of Christmas through a child's joyful and generous spirit.

Date Posted: 11/9/2010 8:22 PM ET
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Kristin Hannah-Comfort & Joy  and I second Redbird Christmas

Zanna's Gift

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Date Posted: 11/17/2010 7:02 PM ET
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I second the novellas by Anne Perry.   I really enjoy them.

Date Posted: 11/18/2010 11:35 PM ET
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I don't know if any of you are familiar with "Reminisce" magazine.  This comes out every month or two and is full of old pictures and stories from years ago.  If you are over about 50 years or so, there are familiar things on every page.  This year they have issued a Christmas book which is about 8 1/2 by 11 or so and loaded with nostalgic stuff.  I got an extra one of these as I subscribe to the magazine and listed it---this stuff isn't really for kids, but to remind us older folks that we were once kids and our 97 year old parents were young and full of life in the era of WWII. 

I'm not really trying to blow my own shelf's horn, but this seems to fit with what you are talking about.

This book is gone and was requested within a day or two after I posted this.  I will leave it up if anybody wants to look for another copy of this, though.

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Date Posted: 11/21/2010 5:54 PM ET
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I love Tasha Tudor's "The Dolls' Christmas" and "Corgiville Christmas" and her daughter's book (Efner Tudor Holmes) "The Christmas Cat".  They all feature old-fashioned Christmas stories.

Date Posted: 11/25/2010 10:34 AM ET
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I would love to recommend The Christmas Quilt by Thomas J. Davis! The primary action takes place in the mountains of north Georgia in 1942 concerning an extended family in Smoky Hollow. So heart-warming! I just finished it and gave a huge sigh of contentment when I finished. It is a real hidden gem!