Bubby: We’ve done a whole passel of Christmas novels this month, from frothy romance to upbeat chick lit and even some murder! But it’s time to tell you which book of them all was our most favorite Christmas read this year. Actually, which TWO were our favorites, because you really didn’t expect Sissy and I to agree on one, did you?
Sissy: Nope. We will agree to disagree agreeably, as usual. I want to add that we had a really groovy YA fantasy Christmas story (The Three Sisters (The Krampus Chronicles: Book One)) that was a real contender for me, but in the end I went for heartwarming romance in a perfect Christmas setting. But since Bubby is chomping at the bit I’ll let her go first (story of my life).
Bubby: Really? You have done EVERYTHING first. Who got a driver’s license first? Went on a date? Went to a concert? Got married? Had children? Got their first hot flash? All you, my dear. All you. But that’s beside the point. I chose Christmas Bells by Jennifer Chiaverini as the pick of the litter. I loved that it had several delightful romance stories, a fascinating historical tale and was filled with the spirit of Christmas, family, redemption and love. I have always loved the poem-turned-carol “I Heard The Bells on Christmas Day” and I think its message is even more appropriate today than it was 100+ years ago when it was written.
Sissy: What I meant, oh persnickety one, is that I let you go first, like, to get on the swing, or get an ice cream, or other kind older sisterly behavior. I like Bubby’s choice of Christmas Bells, but it is very different from my pick. I chose Do You Believe in Santa, by Sierra Donovan, which is set in a really Christmassy place called Tall Pine. It has an element of fantasy as the main character actually saw Santa as a child and has spent her life trying to bring Christmas magic to the children in her community (and feeling like everyone in town thinks she’s a little nuts). If any novel was perfect for a seasonal movie, Do You Believe in Santa would be it! I loved the wintry town, the year-round Christmas store, the yummy romance, and the sweet magic. My 20 yr old son found me watching a Christmas movie on TV the other day and said he was glad there were things like that for me to watch because they seemed to make me so happy. So if you want a little Christmas happy, read Do You Believe in Santa!