Christmas is one of the most exciting holidays! During this time, colorful decorations adorn every establishment, may it be a simple house, a school, mall, or even a condo for sale in McKinley Hill. This fun and exhilarating period of the year is filled with touching gifts, delectable foods, and days spent in the company of loved ones.
However, not everyone can easily avoid feeling blue this Christmas, especially if they find themselves stressed out and working during the holidays. Remedy this by reading some books that are bound to make you feel better. Here are some recommendations:
Let It Snow: Three Holiday Romances
Those who enjoy YA (young adult) and romance books are going to love this novel. This book is written by Maureen Johnson, John Green, and Lauren Myracle – three talented authors who worked together to intertwine three diverse stories of teenagers in one novel. The story takes place in Gracetown, during a snow storm. Follow their narrative and find out whether Jubilee, Tobin, and Addie got their happy endings.
The Gift of the Magi
William Sydney Porter, also known as O. Henry, wrote the short story, “The Gift of the Magi”. It revolves around Mr. James Dillingham Young and his wife, Della. They are a young married couple who does not have much in terms of material possessions except for James’ gold watch and Della’s beautiful flowing hair. In spite of this, both of them are determined to get the other a Christmas present.
Learn a valuable lesson on gift giving by reading this story!
Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares
David Levithan and Rachel Cohn – the authors of “Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist” –got together once again to write a Christmas-themed book. This story follows Lily, who is suffering from Christmas blues because her parents left to go on a vacation without her and her brother spends much of his time with his boyfriend. As a result, she decided to go to the local bookstore and join a scavenger hunt, making the holidays more exciting for Lily.
This young adult novel will surely make you feel better through its wit and humor.
2 A.M. at the Cat’s Pajamas
“2 A.M. at the Cat’s Pajamas” is written by Marie-Helene Bertino. The story’s main character is a nine-year-old girl named Madeleine Altimari, who dreams of becoming a jazz singer. She plans to start her career by debuting at The Cat’s Pajamas – a legendary jazz club in Philadelphia – on Christmas Eve.
Other characters you need to look out for are Sarina Greene, a fifth-grade teacher who is looking to reunite with her high school crush, and Lorca, the club owner who needs to raise $30,000 to avoid closing The Cat’s Pajamas.
A Christmas Carol
“A Christmas Carol” is a timeless tale by Charles Dickens. It shares the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, who is a bitter miser that hates Christmas. On Christmas Eve, he is visited by three spirits: the Ghost of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come. Each visitor shows him visions about his past, present, and future self, leading Ebenezer to decide to become a better person.
Go ahead and read – or reread – these books to drive away the Christmas blues. Enthrall yourself with these stories that are bound to make you feel good and get you into the holiday spirit!