My favorite Christmas book? Without a doubt it's Truman Capote's A Christmas Memory. Written in 1956 for Mademoiselle magazine, it is the nostalgic but not sentimental story of Buddy, a seven year old boy living in the South with distant relatives, and his best friend and companion Sook, an elderly but childlike cousin. Buddy narrates the tale of their Christmas preparations, including an elaborate fruitcake-making production, the choosing and cutting of a Christmas tree, and the making of decorations and gifts. (It was later made into an excellent television show with the incomparable Geraldine Brooks as Sook and Capote himself as the narrator).
I hope you all have fond Christmas memories of your own and that you add new ones today.
PS Don't forget - our Living2Read discussion of The Radetzky March begins on January 8th.