12 Days of Christmas Reading!

In anticipation of the approaching holidays, the Library will be featuring 12 Christmas/Holiday themed books/movies in the upcoming weeks. Check out this week’s selections and get started on your holiday reading!
Lakeshore Christmas By Susan Wiggs
Maureen Davenport lives for Christmas—and there’s nothing more magical than Christmas on Willow Lake. The prim librarian is finally getting her chance to direct Avalon’s annual holiday pageant, and she’s determined to make it truly spectacular. But it might just require one of those Christmas miracles she’s always read about.
Because her co-director is recovering former child star Eddie Haven, a long-haired, tattooed lump of coal in Maureen’s pageant stocking. Eddie can’t stand Christmas, but a court order from a judge has landed him right in the middle of the merrymaking.
Maureen and Eddie spar over every detail of the pageant, from casting troubled kids to Eddie’s original—and distinctly untraditional—music. Is he trying to sabotage the performance to spite her? Or is she trying too hard to fit the show into her storybook-perfect notion of Christmas?
And how is it possible that they’re falling in love?
This book is located in the Browsing Collection on the 2nd Floor
Source: http://www.amazon.com/Lakeshore-Christmas-Chronicles-Susan-Wiggs/dp/0778326896
A Christmas Carol and Other Stories By Charles Dickens
An immediate bestseller when it was first published in December 1843, A Christmas Carol has endured ever since as a perennial Yuletide favorite. Charles Dickens’s beloved tale about the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge–who comes to know the meaning of kindness, charity, and goodwill through a haunting Christmas Eve encounter with four ghosts–is a heartwarming celebration of the spirit of Christmas. ‘Whether the Christmas visions would or would not convert Scrooge, they convert us,’ wrote G. K. Chesterton. ‘The story sings from end to end like a happy man going home.’ The Modern Library edition also presents two more of Dickens’s popular Christmas stories, The Chimes and The Haunted Man, Dickens’s last Christmas tale, which features one of his greatest comic families, the Tetterbys. With an introduction by John Irving.
This book is located on the 5th floor PR4557 .A1 2001
Source: http://www.randomhouse.com/catalog/display.pperl?isbn=9780679641315
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever By Barbara Robinson
The Herdmans are the worst kids in the history of the world. They lie, steal, smoke cigars, swear, and hit little kids. So no one is prepared when this outlaw family invades church one Sunday and decides to take over the annual Christmas pageant.
None of the Herdmans has ever heard the Christmas story before. Their interpretation of the tale — the Wise Men are a bunch of dirty spies and Herod needs a good beating — has a lot of people up in arms. But it will make this year’s pageant the most unusual anyone has seen and, just possibly, the best one ever.
This book is located on the 6th floor in the Juvenile Collection R658b
Source: http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Best-Christmas-Pageant-Ever/Barbara-Robinson/e/97800644
Silent Night : The Story of the World War I Christmas Truce By Stanley Weintraub
History is peppered with oddments and ironies, and one of the strangest is this. A few days before the first Christmas of that long bloodletting then called the Great War, hundreds of thousands of cold, trench-bound combatants put aside their arms and, in defiance of their orders, tacitly agreed to stop the killing in honor of the holiday. That informal truce began with small acts: here opposing Scottish and German troops would toss newspapers, ration tins, and friendly remarks across the lines; there ambulance parties, clearing the dead from the barbwire hell of no man’s land, would stop to share cigarettes and handshakes. Soon it spread, so that by Christmas Eve the armies of France, England, and Germany were serenading each other with Christmas carols and sentimental ballads and denouncing the conflict with cries of “Á bas la guerre!” and “Nie wieder Krieg!” The truce was, writes Stanley Weintraub, a remarkable episode, and, though “dismissed in official histories as an aberration of no consequence,” it was so compelling that many who observed it wrote in near-disbelief to their families and hometown newspapers to report the extraordinary event.
This book is located on the 3rd floor D530 .W45 2001
Source: http://www.amazon.com/Silent-Night-Story-World-Christmas/dp/0452283671