A surprisingly lighter by John Grisham – renowned for his law practice-esque tales like A Time to Kill, The Firm, The Client
and The Pelican Brief
– tells the story of Luther and Nora Krank, who decide, just this once, to skip the holidays altogether…no crowded shops, no corny office parties, no fruitcakes and no unwanted presents. Theirs will be the only house on the street without a rooftop Frosty the Snowman, and they won’t be hosting their annual Christmas Eve bash…what could go wrong? The plot may seem familiar to some, because it was the basis for the film Christmas With The Kranks
, which is run frequently by local TV providers
this time of year.
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
This story by Barbara Robinson introduces us to the Herdmans, often referred to as the worst kids in the history of the world. They lie, steal, smoke cigars, swear and hit kids smaller than them – so no one is prepared when this renegade family invades church one unsuspecting Sunday and decides to take over the annual Christmas pageant!
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Rounding out the top 10 holiday novels – and capping the classic novels list – is the beloved book by C.S. Lewis, about how Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy take their first steps into the world behind the “magic wardrobe”…and how the story of Narnia begins to unfold, introducing us to a classic tale that has enchanted readers of all ages for over a half a century. It’s another book that’s been transformed into a film
by Hollywood and is widely available on home video.
This year, curl up by that roaring fire, hold that hot cup of cocoa nice and tight and deck the halls in a refreshingly new way…by sinking into a new or classic Christmastime novel!
Guest Post by Elizabeth Eckhart