Festive Favourites

-By Emma Bilsborough, Retail Team Leader

You know how we love a book list, and we look forward to writing this one each year. Christmas is a time to be with family and friends and do lots of festive and fun things, like eating lots of gingerbread and drowning in Mulled Wine. It is also the time of year where many of us book lovers are spoiled by our loved ones and given lots of new books to add to our reading list.

However, this list is not a to-be-read list, as we’ve yet to see what we’ll be gifted with this year. This is a list of our festive favourites. Books that we return to each year to get us in the spirit of the season, and that make us feel warm and fuzzy inside.

Without further ado, here is this year’s long awaited (by us at least) list of Christmas favourites. Ho ho ho!

A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens

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“And it was always said of him, that he knew how to keep Christmas well, if any man alive possessed the knowledge. May that be truly said of us, and all of us!’’

Harry Potter, J.K. Rowling

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Harry had never in all his life had such a Christmas dinner. A hundred fat, roast turkeys; mountains of roast and boiled potatoes; platters of chipolatas; tureens of buttered peas, silver boats of thick, rich gravy and cranberry sauce — and stacks of wizard crackers every few feet along the table… Harry pulled a wizard cracker with Fred and it didn’t just bang, it went off with a blast like a cannon and engulfed them all in a cloud of blue smoke, while from the inside exploded a rear admiral’s hat and several live, white mice.

Letters from Father Christmas, J.R.R. Tolkien

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“So, my dears, I hope you will be happy this Christmas and not quarrel, and will have some good games with your Railway all together. Don’t forget old Father Christmas, when you light your tree.” 

How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Dr Seuss

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“And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled ’till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.” 

The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, E.T.A. Hoffman, 1816

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“It is Christmas Eve. In just a few hours, the clock will chime midnight – a time of magic, and of dreams.”

Elves and the Shoemaker, Brothers Grimm, 1806

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“About midnight in they came, dancing and skipping, hopped round the room, and then went to sit down to their work as usual; but when they saw the clothes lying for them, they laughed and chuckled, and seemed mightily delighted. Then they dressed themselves in the twinkling of an eye, and danced and capered and sprang about, as merry as could be; till at last they danced out at the door, and away over the green.”

What Christmas is as We Grow Older, Charles Dickens

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“Welcome, old aspirations, glittering creatures of an ardent fancy, to your shelter underneath the holly! We know you, and have not outlived you yet. Welcome, old projects and old loves, however fleeting, to your nooks among the steadier lights that burn around us. Welcome, all that was ever real to our hearts; and for the earnestness that made you real, thanks to Heaven!”

The Polar Express, Chris Van Allsburg

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“At one time, most of my friends could hear the bell, but as years passed, it fell silent for all of them. Even Sarah found one Christmas that she could no longer hear its sweet sound. Though I’ve grown old, the bell still rings for me, as it does for all who truly believe.” 

Amazing Peace, Maya Angelou

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“In our joy, we think we hear a whisper.
At first it is too soft. Then only half heard.
We listen carefully as it gathers strength.
We hear a sweetness.
The word is Peace.
It is loud now. It is louder.
Louder than the explosion of bombs.”

Miracle on 34th Street, Valentine Davies

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“Christmas isn’t just a day. It’s a frame of mind.” 

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