I intended to spend part of my Fifth Day of Christmas at the Vancouver Public Library, looking up and then checking out a handful of Christmas themed books. Then, I planned to read A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. I’ve seen various TV and movie adaptations, but this ex-English major must confess, I never have read it – other Dickens’ novels, absolutely; just not A Christmas Carol.
But if yesterday was raining, this morning it poured, with no signs of stopping. (It did by mid-afternoon – the sun even came out – but by then I was in homebody mode). I decided instead to stay warm and dry and raid my own library for Christmas themed books.
Naturally, I started with Charles Dickens. Much to my surprise, I own fewer books by this author than I thought. And none of them are his Christmas novels – apparently, he wrote a series of five Christmas themed books.
I also thought I had more Christmas novels in my personal library; it turns out that I do not. A small handful of volumes that most people probably haven’t heard of, including The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (my favourite contemporary children’s novel) by Barbara Robinson, the Life Book of Christmas, a 3-volume set filled stories, poems, paintings, essays, lyrics, and recipes from the Editors of Life, and an oversized Deluxe Golden Book edition of The Snow Queen and Other Tales beautifully illustrated by Adrienne Segur.
While they are not Christmas themed books, as I browsed through the shelves of my personal library, I rediscovered several tomes I had totally forgotten about, but should not have. These are books I received from family members and friends as Christmas gifts in years past – Chicken Soup for the Writer’s Soul: Stories to Open the Heart and Rekindle the Spirit of Writers (sister), Dickinson: Selected Poems by Emily Dickinson (friend), and More than a Wise Woman by Elaine Gugin Maddex (the same friend). This one, however, unlike the Dickinson poetry collection, has not yet been read.
Guess what I did for the remainder of the afternoon? I got as far as Chapter 11 before I put it down to go and make supper. It’s a fun read, perfect for the weekend.