I’ve gotten away from books and writing over the past couple of weeks, so I think it’s time to bring that back into focus.
This time of year, I love reading books about the holidays. One of my favorites is The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus. This is always the first one I read each holiday season. L. Frank Baum tells the story of Santa’s life. It isn’t the traditional story, if there really is one, and it takes place in Oz.
Santa begins life as an abandoned baby taken in by the nymph, Necile, in the forest of Burzee. He grows up among the immortals and doesn’t know there are others like himself until the Great Ak takes him on a tour of the world. Once he learns that he is part of the human race, he decides he will serve them and leave the protection of Burzee. It’s a great tale, full of fun and imagination, and one I highly recommend for seasonal reading.
Another favorite of mine is A Christmas Carol. Yes, I’m aware that there are hundreds of variations of this story, and I watch them all. Every year. I try to see one movie a day for the entire Christmas season, but I also read the book at least once. It, too, is one of my favorite, must-have holiday books. I love the creep factor Dickens wove into the tale. Sure, it’s a Christmas classic, but it’s also a horror story that slithers into your blood and rattles your bones. It’s a wonderful ending to the reading I begin in October with Frankenstein, Dracula, and the like.
I also enjoy writing holiday books, and have two that take place during the Yuletide season. One is The Chronicles of Ethan Grimley III: Revenge of Cronus, and the other is A Gift from Sir Klaus. Both are available from Amazon, though A Gift from Sir Klaus is currently only available in paperback. I also have a short story for adults called “Yuletide Sparkle.” I’m thinking of working on a few more, but not for this season.
What are some of your favorite holiday reads? Share with us and help us find something new.