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3 Books to Read on Christmas Eve

Cold winter nights are the perfect time to snuggle up with a good book. In fact, in Iceland, unwrapping and reading a new one on Christmas Eve is an annual tradition. Bring this cozy holiday ritual to your home with three books are lovely to read—and give—at this time of year.

"A Christmas Memory" by Truman Capote

Steeped in the rich smells, sights, and sounds of the holidays, this heartstring-tugging short story is a sensory feast. Follow the 7-year-old narrator on a series of small, adventure-like errands with his elderly cousin/best friend as they prepare for Christmas in 1930s America. Love, joy, loss, and fruitcake are all found in this wistful remembrance.

Hiddensee by Gregory Maguire

Gregory Maguire takes us back to the world of The Nutcracker with his imaginative new book, Hiddensee. This fresh title reveals the background of the story's most mysterious character: Drosselmeier, the toymaker who gave the nutcracker to Klara. Discover his fairy tale-tinged youth growing up as the adopted son of a woodcutter until an accident drove him away from home and out into the world and how he became the enigmatic craftsman we know from the holiday favorite.

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

There's something particularly sweet about reading a nostalgic classic around the holidays. Spend some time with Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy as they grow up, fall in love, and find their way through the world as young women in the 19th century. With the first chapters taking place around Christmas, it's a great time to read it in the light of a fireplace or to introduce it to a younger reader.

Happy Holidays and Happy Reading!

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