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Subject: Recommendations for a good Christmas Book
Date Posted: 11/16/2008 10:03 AM ET
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I love Christmas and everything it represents. I love all love chrishmas stories on tv I put my Christmas tree up as early as I can. So I'd love to have some book recommendations
Date Posted: 11/16/2008 10:06 AM ET
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I don't know which genre of books you like but I have Visions of Sugar Plums by Janet Evanovich on my shelf. Just a fun, light-hearted book. If you order it, I will do a two for one for you. Thanks

Date Posted: 11/16/2008 12:24 PM ET
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Skipping Christmas by Grisham is laugh out loud funny.   The Best Christmas Pagent Ever made my whole family laugh when we read it aloud one Christmas.   The Best. . . is a children's book but it is one I read every year.   Richard Paul Evans has several really nice Christmas books, The Christmas Box, The Gift and Grace.

Date Posted: 11/16/2008 3:14 PM ET
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Christmas Letters by Debbie Macomber is good. 

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Date Posted: 11/16/2008 3:28 PM ET
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Every year my son and I go through Father Christmas and Father Christmas Takes A Holiday by Raymond Briggs.  We really enjoy Santa's being cranky at times.  His job is tough!

Enjoy, Lisa

Date Posted: 11/17/2008 12:46 AM ET
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A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens - the granddaddy of them all.

Date Posted: 11/17/2008 8:30 AM ET
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Cozi made some great suggestions.  One of Richard Paul Evans books that I loved was called Finding Noel.  It centers around Christmas but has such a powerful message. 

Another good one is called The Christmas Train by David Balducchi (sp) He does not typically write stories like this and I have not read his other books but this one was awesome. 

Date Posted: 11/17/2008 8:55 AM ET
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Years ago I enjoyed very much reading Chritmas on Plum Creek by Laura Ingalls Wilder. 

Date Posted: 11/18/2008 12:40 AM ET
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The Christmas Shoes by Donna VanLiere and also A Gift to Last by Debbie MacComber.

Date Posted: 11/18/2008 10:27 AM ET
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The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg.  The illustrations are beautiful.

Date Posted: 11/18/2008 2:24 PM ET
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Miracle and Other Christmas Stories by Connie Willis is a book I re-read every year. Great stories!

Date Posted: 11/19/2008 2:02 PM ET
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I love reading Christmas themed books also.  Usually start them Thanksgiving weekend, but I'm ready to start them now...........

I see lots of really good ones mentioned above;  if you like mysteries I have Deck the Halls by Mary Higgins Clark on my bookshelf.   It's one of her Regean Reilly mysteries. 

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Subject: Christmas Books
Date Posted: 11/20/2008 9:01 AM ET
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If you have kids, there is a book called The Story of Santa Clause by Scribbler Elf. There is no place in it where it tells you who the auther is except Scribbler Elf, it even says it is published at the North Pole publishing house. I read it to my kids every year. It is a big book, so we start right after thanksgiving. It starts with the first toy he made and gave it to a kid, by putting it in the boys socks that were hanging to dry on the fireplace, all the way through going to the north pole and building the buildings and then what they do every year to prepare for christmas and so on, all the way to what he does after christmas is over. It is a great book. My kids always get a kick out of the fact that it was written by an elf, so it has to be the REAL story.

Date Posted: 11/20/2008 10:28 AM ET
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Kat, that book sounds great.  My kids are young and would probably really enjoy it.  I am going to search for it this weekend.  Thanks for the top.

ETA: I just found it here on PBS....another book coming my way :)

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Kat (polbio) -
Date Posted: 11/21/2008 9:29 AM ET
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Hi Froggy,

There are a few books called The Story of Santa claus, this is the one I am referring to:



Date Posted: 11/21/2008 4:56 PM ET
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I guess I got into the Christmas spirit early this year.   Hope it doesn't wear off before the 25th!  lol

I've already read The Christmas Sweater by Glenn Beck and A Dog Named Christmas by Greg Kincaid.   I'm reading Grace by Richard Paul Evans which is really good so far.

Date Posted: 11/22/2008 7:42 AM ET
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I love In God We Trust All Others Pay Cash by Jean Shepherd.  It's a set of short stories on which the movie A Christmas Story was based.  I read it every year.  :)

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Date Posted: 11/23/2008 12:48 PM ET
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"The Christmas Letters" by Lee Smith...........she is wonderful!

Date Posted: 11/23/2008 5:01 PM ET
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Christmas Jars by Jason Wright


Date Posted: 12/1/2008 11:33 AM ET
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I really like Anne Perry's Christmas Series books.  I just read two in two days and they were really good. 

Date Posted: 12/1/2008 12:25 PM ET
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A Red Bird Christmas by Fannie Flagg.

Date Posted: 12/2/2008 7:23 PM ET
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The Christmas Train by David Baldacci and Dicken's A Christmas Carol--if you haven't already read it!

Subject: Recommend Al and Jo Anna Lacy christian, historical, old west books
Date Posted: 12/7/2008 1:19 AM ET
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My wife like to read Al and Jo Anna Lacy books. They are historical romances and often cover subjects I never thought about in the old west. The Orphan Train series is one such series.  It's about children who are orphaned in the East and sent on trains out west with the idea that they can be farm hands. Many strange and all to real things happen on the trips and when the children arrive at the final destination. His stories always have a clear presentation of the gospel. Bill