Monday, December 23, 2013

Reading Lists - Twelve Days of Christmas - Nonfiction
Christmas Bells are Ringing 
selected by Sara and John E. Brewton
Enjoy a delightful anthology of poetry for the holiday season, from quaint and traditional poems to modern verses, reverent poems to holiday jingles.

Christmas Everywhere by Elizabeth Hough Sechrist
Sechrist compiled the Christmas customs of many lands in the 1930s. Learn about traditions is Palestine, Mexico, Serbia, Holland, France, England, Spain, Germany, Sweden, Norway, Belgium, Switzerland, Romania, Italy, Asia, Australia, South America, and more! The section on the United States covers Southerners, New Englanders, Shakers, Pennsylvania Dutch, Hawaiians, and others.

Christmas in Plains by Jimmy Carter
Jimmy Carter's Georgia hometown has been the one constant in his life, and he pays tribute to it with Christmas in Plains, a collection of holiday memories from his childhood through his Navy days, his time as Georgia governor and U.S. president, and his very active retirement.

Everything Christmas by David Bordon and Tim Winters
In this book, you’ll find your favorite classic Christmas stories and a few new ones destined to join them. You’ll discover the most delectable holiday recipes, enjoy the words to treasured hymns and carols, be encouraged by inspirational Christmas poems, and find renewed joy in the Nativity story. From decoration ideas to Christmas trivia and humor – it’s all here!

The Everything Christmas Book
You can make eggnog and dozens of other classic Christmas recipes, as well as wonderful gifts from the kitchen. There are party ideas, stories and poems, customs and traditions, gift ideas, and a history of Christmas around the world. Plus a complete look at 20th Century American Christmases—from ads that ran in the 1940s to Harry Reasoner's 1968 essay "What Christ Looked Like."

A Foxfire Christmas edited by Eliot Wigginton
This book of recollections celebrates the holiday traditions of Appalachian families as passed from one generation to the next. The memories shared here are from a simpler time, when gifts were fewer but perhaps more precious, and holiday tables were laden with traditional favorites. The book includes instructions for recreating many of the ornaments, toys, and recipes that make up so many family traditions, from Chicken and Dumplings to Black Walnut Cake, and from candy pulls to corn husk dolls and hand-whittled toy cars.

The Holly and the Ivy by Barbara Segall
Written by a botanist, The Holly and the Ivy celebrates the legends and customs associated with these age-old plants of Christmas. Each page is decorated with ivy garlands or holly sprigs that encircle bits of yuletide lore.

Norman Rockwell’s Christmas Book
This book collects stories, poems, carols, and recollections of Christmas by world-famous authors, such as Robert Frost, Langston Hughes, Hans Christian Andersen, and Lewis Carroll. It is illustrated with 120 of Norman Rockwell’s timeless images, including children sleigh-riding, families caroling, and Santa preparing for his big night. Round out your old-fashioned Christmas with dinner recipes from Fannie Merritt Farmer's 1896 cooking tome.

Old Christmas by Washington Irving
Old Christmas is an enchanting series of stories about Yuletide celebrations in 19th century England. Spend Christmas Eve coaching through the countryside where Irving meets his old traveling companion Frank Bracebridge, who invites him to attend Christmas Day festivities at his father's country estate. The descriptions of the village, church services, Christmas games and the amazing feast are delightful. These stories first appeared in Irving's "Sketchbook of Geoffrey Crayon" in the early 1800s.

An Old-time Christmas by Helen Steiner Rice & Virginia J. Ruehlmann
Enjoy poems, histories of such traditions as kissing under the mistletoe, and craft projects illustrated with vintage Victorian postcards. Be inspired to think more deeply about what Christmas means to you!

Sleigh Rides, Jingle Bells, and Silent Nights by Ronald D. Langford (new!)
Santa Claus, singing cowboys, love, hymns, satire, snow, Bing and Dean and Frank, fictional reindeer and warbling chipmunks: American Christmas music! Ronald reconciles the sacred and the profane in an easy narrative that both cherishes and illuminates the vast contradictions that adhere to December 25th in the U.S.A.!

The Victorian Christmas Book by Antony & Peter Miall
Diaries, novels, poems, letters, and magazines of the period contribute to a comprehensive survey of the customs, traditions, and flavor of Christmas in Victorian England, while greeting cards, toys, cartoons, advertisements, and engravings provide visual delight.

If you're looking for even more Christmas books:

Most of these books can be found in 398.2, along with many Christmas with Southern Living annuals and books about Christmas around the world.

Looking for holiday recipes? Visit 641.568.

Feeling crafty? You’ll find lots of project ideas in 745.5941.

Need the music or lyrics to your favorite carol? Find them in 782.28.

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