Sure, Christmas is officially observed 25 December, but this annual celebration of peace on Earth and goodwill toward our fellow humans — plus, cookies — is the ideal justification for a few weeks of year-end merriment.
Arriving between the long night of the winter solstice and the fresh start of the new year, it’s the ideal time for personal reflection, family gatherings, rampant revelry, and twinkling lights festooning every possible surface, including evergreen trees, rooftops, shrubbery, and bookshelves.
From shopping to baking, infatuation to heartbreak, family harmony to long-held feuds, every moment of the holidays is laden with storytelling opportunities. And that’s very merry, indeed, for book lovers.
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