Catherine Jordan’s Christmas Reads
Christmas is a time for relaxing and for creating new memories. Of course you can do both things with family, and as a mother of five, I really want to. But why not be an independent woman and do it all by yourself, with a great book! Here are the ones on my nightstand to read throughout December. I hope they’ll put me in a good mood, and make me feel all warm and toasty without having to get up off my butt and throw a Yule log on the fire.
Every year I reread Louisa May Alcott’s Christmas Treasury, The Complete Christmas Collection. All of these short stories warm the heart without the uncomfortable burn from eating too much seasonal comfort food. Her stories make me want to jump up and go do something good. Come summertime, when it’s nice and warm outside, I will.
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, by Barbara Robinson, is a children’s book about a bunch of bratty kids who take over the annual Christmas pageant. Did I mention I am a mother of five? I’ve done the Christmas pageant thing. One too many times. From now on, I will only read about them. Thank you.
Wally Lamb’s, Wishin’ and Hopin’, tells the story of a young fifth grader’s crazy Christmas during the 1960s. The main character, Felix, attends Catholic school where he confesses he was responsible for his teacher’s nervous breakdown. I attended Catholic school for twelve loooong years. My teachers remember me and I remember what I put them through. I don’t know what it is about Catholic school that brings out the devil in kids. (Maybe this schooling was the real inspiration for my novel, Seeking Samiel, a supernatural thriller.) I teach fourth grade CCD. Those kids’ eyes roll up into their heads as I reiterate The Ten Commandments, and I know their brains are formulating grave evil. I see where Wally Lamb is heading with this story, and I can’t wait to read it.
That takes me to Jean Shepherd’s, A Christmas Story. Yes, most of us have seen the movie. However, it was first a compellation of previously published pieces that became a novel. Although Jean’s commentary won’t be audible, (and his commentary makes A Christmas Story the masterpiece it has become) I can still hear his voice while delving into unforgettable lines that have made their way into my everyday conversation. And I am not ashamed to admit that because of this book, my family goes out to eat on Christmas Eve. For Chinese. Bumpuses! Sons of Bitches!
Catherine Jordan is a Pennsylvania author of fiction. She has been writing stories since learning to hold a pencil. Her first novel, Seeking Samiel, is a paranormal thriller. Her short story, The Green Eyed Monster, was published in the anthology, “A Community of Writers”, edited by Ann Elia Stewart. Both books are available at www.sunburypress.com , www.amazon.com and www.barnesandnoble.com Like Catherine on http://www.facebook.com/CatherineJordanBooks Follow her on Twitter @CatherineBooks. Visit her website http://www.catherinejordan.com.
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