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Christmas Days: 12 Stories and 12 Feasts for 12 Days
Christmas Days: 12 Stories and 12 Feasts for 12 Days | Jeanette Winterson
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From the New York Times bestselling author of Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? comes an enchanting collection of stories for the holiday season. For years Jeanette Winterson has loved writing a new story at Christmas time and here she brings together twelve of her brilliantly imaginative, funny and bold tales. For the Twelve Days of Christmasa time of celebration, sharing, and givingshe offers these twelve plus one: a personal story of her own Christmas memories. These tales give the reader a portal into the spirit of the season, where time slows down and magic starts to happen. From trees with mysterious powers to a tinsel baby that talks, philosophical fairies to flying dogs, a haunted house and a disappearing train, Winterson's innovative stories encompass the childlike and spooky wonder of Christmas. Perfect for reading by the fire with loved ones, or while traveling home for the holidays. Enjoy the season of peace and goodwill, mystery, and a little bit of magic courtesy of one of our most fearless and accomplished writers."
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Jen2
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Loved it!!

Kayla.Adriena That is a beautiful cover! Very Christmasey 😍 4w
jlhammar Yes! I adored this book! 4w
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JamieArc
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So light a candle to the dead.
And light a candle to miracles, however unlikely, and pray that you recognize yours.
And light a candle to the living; the world of friendship and family that means so much.
And light a candle to the future; that it may happen and not be swallowed up by darkness.
And light a candle to love.
Lucky love.

Happy Jolabokaflod, Littens 🕯

Leftcoastzen Lovely! 1mo
vivastory Thank you for posting this. Happy Jólabókaflód 📚🍫🕯️ 1mo
Crazeedi This is beautiful 1mo
Cathythoughts Thankyou ❤️❤️❤️ 1mo
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bekakins
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Great start to #WinterGame2021 #TeamGameSleighers

This book was delightful… definitely going to become a regular December read!

315pts for week 1!

StayCurious Great job! Did you count each story separately for points? If they‘re holiday themed you‘d get 25 points each 2mo
bekakins I sure did 😊 1mo
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Andrea4
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That time of year, my friends.

JamieArc I really enjoyed this book, and the edition is beautiful! 2mo
llwheeler Ooh pretty nails! 2mo
Andrea4 @JamieArc yea, it's the only book I re-read. This will be the 5th year now I believe. I'm so in love with it! 2mo
Andrea4 @llwheeler hehe thanks! Mom got them for me :) 2mo
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j9brown
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Re-enjoying a favorite from last year 🤗
By candlelight #festivephotochallenge

#wintergames2021 #teamgamesleighers @StayCurious

StayCurious This looks fun! 1mo
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bekakins
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#TeamGameSleighers #WinterGames2021

Here‘s my TBR for December 😁 tagged book is my book club read… can‘t wait to get cracking!

Also #bookspin #doublespin #bookspinbingo

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 2mo
StayCurious Looks great! 2mo
MartinaLove Looks great! 2mo
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AliceFaustus
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Home.

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BarbaraBB
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Mehso-so

I could have known I am not the audience for this book. I never read seasonal and it‘s for a reason. I am not cozy and not religious and I don‘t believe in Santa.
I did like a few of the stories though, my favorite being The Mistletoe Bride (the one without the happy ending 😉).

However, by finishing this book I am able to tick off the first prompts for 2021s reading challenges!

#Booked2021 #BakedGoodsOnCover #Pop21 #GenreHybrid

KarenUK That‘s one of the hardest prompts! Sorry it was a bit bit of a dud! Happy new year lovely friend! 💕💕 13mo
4thhouseontheleft Sorry it wasn‘t a great read, but you do get to be the first person to ✔️ off a prompt in 2021! 🙌🏽🙌🏽🎉 Happy New Year! (edited) 13mo
Megabooks Happy new year Barbara!! 🎉🥂💜 13mo
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readordierachel Happy new year! (Those flowers are lovely) 13mo
batsy Gorgeous backdrop! Happy new year and here's to an easier year ahead ❤️ 13mo
Cinfhen Way to go 🙌🏻💕and GORGEOUS table!!! I‘m obsessing over those dishes (edited) 13mo
BarbaraBB @KarenUK Happy new year Karen, make it a good one 🍀💚. I am glad I‘ve got my first prompt but I would have loved to read the tagged one for this prompt. Hopefully I can fit it in somewhere else! 13mo
BarbaraBB @4thhouseontheleft Thanks Alissa, I feel honored 😉, have a very happy 2021 🤍🤍 13mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen Thanks my friend, they are for special occasions since they don‘t fit in the dish washer 😂 13mo
Simona Happy New Year 🥂🍾 13mo
IuliaC Happy New Year 2021! 🥂🎆 13mo
BarbaraBB @IuliaC Happy new year to you too 🥂🤍 13mo
KarenUK @barbarabb maybe #oxymoron 🤷‍♀️❓ 13mo
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Kdgordon88
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1) I loved putting together all my swap boxes. And my daughter and I have taken #Jolabokaflod to another level searching the world over for the best chocolates to give each other.

2) This year I am thankful for the continued good health of my family. We couldn‘t all be together except through zoom but we are all safe and that‘s what matters.

Want to play @AmyG @MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm @Caryl

AmyG Thanks for the tag! (edited) 13mo
MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm Thanks for the tag! Curious to know what chocolate you guys would ascribe as the best. 🤤🍫 13mo
Caryl Thank you for tagging me! Sure, I‘ll play! 13mo
Kdgordon88 @MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm I‘ve gotten her chocolate from Moonstruck and Cleo which are PNW companies. This year she gave me the most beautiful and tasty chocolates from Norman Love in Florida. (edited) 13mo
MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm Thanks, I‘ll have to track those down! ❤️ 13mo
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KatieDid927
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Thank you for the lovely gift @j9brown ! ☺️ I liked the ghost stories best, and Snowmama made me want to rewatch The Snowman from 1982 and I remembered how obsessed with it I am.

j9brown 🥰🥰🥰 13mo
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sisilia
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3⭐️ Some thoughtful writings here, especially those preceeding the 12 recipes. As for the stories, I‘m not a fan of spooky ghost stories, and there are some here (they gave me Halloween vibes instead 👻). My favorite is “The Lion, The Unicorn and Me”, and I‘d love to think that I‘m the donkey 🥰

Cinfhen Happy New Year 🎊 💗☮️ 13mo
sisilia Happy new year @Cinfhen 😘🥰 13mo
Cathythoughts Happy New Year to you 🥳✨ 13mo
sisilia Happy new year @Cathythoughts 🥰 Here‘s to a better 2021 13mo
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BarbaraBB
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I read a story a day and although I am not really a seasonal reader or a cozy Christmas kind of person I mostly like them. So far this is my favorite - probably because it‘s not cozy at all 😉

TrishB That is exactly the reason I never read Christmas books! 13mo
BarbaraBB @TrishB Neither do I but I needed a book with #foodoncover for #Booked2021 and saw good things about this one so I thought I‘d give it a try and spread reading it til Friday so I can count it for Booked 🤷🏻‍♀️ 13mo
TrishB Although if I did read Christmas stories Winterson would be a good choice! 13mo
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MayJasper I am liking the illustration 13mo
BarbaraBB @MayJasper All of the book is gorgeously designed! 13mo
Liz_M I don't read holiday books either as most are too fluffy and optimistic. This book is not twee. 13mo
Suet624 I am DEFINITELY not a holiday reader. Just a big old humbug over here. 13mo
sisilia I‘m enjoying this book, too 13mo
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Kdgordon88
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Day 2 #12Booksof2020. I really loved listening to this book this Christmas Season. I enjoyed the stories, recipes and Winterson‘s personal reflections. I know I will reread this each Christmas going forward and I had not read any of her other books but will now.

Andrew65 The second nomination for his one. 😊 13mo
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Branwen
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Diving back into this book and enjoying some festive rice krispie treats that my friend dropped off! 😍🎄🎅⛄

Hooked_on_books Oh my goodness, I haven‘t seen one of those little wreaths in ages! You have given me nostalgia. 😊 13mo
monkeygirlsmama Such a pretty book cover. Also, at first glace I thought you'd spilled guacamole all over the corner! bahahahahaha 13mo
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Bookwormjillk
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On the first day of Christmas my true love read to me...
#12Booksof2020

I loved this collection of stories, essays, and recipes. This will be a yearly read for me from now on.

Andrew65 Very seasonal, will have to check it out. 🎄🎅 13mo
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Branwen
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Enjoying a warm and snuggly Christmas Eve! 😽📚💕 #catsoflitsy #littenkitten #roxas

Catsandbooks Cute reading buddy! 🥰 13mo
cozypunk Awww! 🥰 13mo
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Branwen
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Chaplin helped me unwrap my Jolabokaflod packages this morning! He's my favorite little holiday elf! 😁📚💕🍫 #jolabokaflod #catsoflitsy #littenkitten #chaplin

Megabooks He is so cute! 13mo
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Branwen
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HAPPY JOLABOKAFLOD, LITSY PEEPS! 🎉🎉🎉💕📚🍫 I was soooooo excited to open my packages this morning, from the lovely @Shadowfat !!! I've never seen such fancy chocolate! 😍 I can't wait to dig in! AND OMG I LOVE JEANETTE WINTERSON SO MUCH! She's my lesbian queen! 😁💖 I can't wait to curl up with this fantastic book and yummy goodies today! Thank you so much, Molly! #jolabokaflodswap

Avanders 😍😍 13mo
Shadowfat Yay I'm glad you like everything! The chocolate is from one of the better stores in town, and it's all so pretty :) 13mo
Branwen @Avanders 💕📚🍫 @Shadowfat I do! I love everything so much! Thank you, friend! 💕 13mo
BethM That book sounds great! 13mo
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emtobiasz
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Spooky, sentimental, melancholy, which feels like the perfect blend this year. Still my favorite Christmas read the second time around.

Daisey I‘m not going to get to it this year, but this is definitely a holiday read I plan to revisit. 13mo
emtobiasz @Daisey yeah, it has been three years since my last read, which was probably the right amount of time. So glad I had it for this year though. 13mo
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Andrea4
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So I am glad of that last Christmas with my dad-not because it rewrote the past but because it rewrote our ending.

I cry every time reading this.
This Christmas is looking very different, not bad, not alone, but different and like many others at a distance from family. That strikes me hard because there are already a number of Christmases I missed with my dad. I didn't plan on more...

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Liz_M
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1st, the edition is beautiful. 2nd, it is Winterson so the writing is splendid. 3rd, it‘s a wonderful blend of stories, memories related to the recipes, and the introduction highlights the origin of Christmas and its traditions. About half the stories are ghost or Poe-like. A third are Fairy-tale romance, and the rest are magically uplifting. I loved the recipe-stories as much as the fiction, but the recipes seem a little too slap-dash to attempt.

Liz_M 4⭐ #BookSpinBingo, @TheAromaofBooks, @Clwojick, #MerryReaders #WinterGames
+1 participation +625 (25 stories * 25); +150 for 5 hrs reading for #ReadYourWay, @TheSpineView, #AVeryMerryBingo, (Holiday Recipes) @Jadams1776, #FestiveFlicks, (Contains Recipes) @Traci1
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bnp Glad you like it. I agree about the recipes, but the stories were wonderful. 13mo
TheSpineView 🎄📖📚 13mo
Graywacke Appreciating the conflation of religious stuff. 13mo
Liz_M @Graywacke 😉 NYC apartment living - the management company has to be inclusive. It's fitting for this book since JW's partner is Jewish and there are references to Jewish traditions as well. 13mo
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emtobiasz
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Rereading this collection of Christmas stories and essays this year. I got this copy from a library book sale, but apparently someone had bought copies to share with their friends for a previous Christmas. I agree with that reader‘s book recommendations, too. 📚🎄📚

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Patchshank
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After reading 4 more short stories and watching 10 movies/TV episodes I have 8 new bingos.
#MerryReaders #WinterGames @Clwojick

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Andrea4
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...to the point in the night where you turn deeper into the bed, to the point in the night where there's snow in your sleep and your sleep is as deep as snow.

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Pricel101
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Yaaaaaaay my #canuckchristmasswap package arrived! So excited and happy 🤓🎄💌 thank you for the thoughtfulness @FantasyChick @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego #poutinepenals 🇨🇦🎄

December 24 can‘t come soon enough!

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Pricel101
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This book is right up my alley (and perfect for the season) mystery & magic with brilliant story telling. Treat yourself to over the holidays! 🎄📚❤️

Thank you for posting your reviews @AnneCecilie @monalyisha looking forward to this year‘s #newyearwhodis 😺

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AnneCecilie
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I love this book. I read it last year and will read it next year too. This is a collection of 12 stories and 12 feasts.

My favorites in the book is when Winterson gives us information about the history of Christmas. This is the introduction and throughout the feasts and I absolutely love the one about Shakespeare and Company.

My favorite stories are The SnowMama and Christmas Cracker

lazydaizee Sounds like my sort of book, History and Food. 13mo
BarbaraBB Good to know! I‘ll get to it soon! 13mo
j9brown I loved it too, and love that cover!! 😍 13mo
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AnneCecilie
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In this part Winterson shares her own Christmas traditions and her first Christmas back home after she left for university.

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AnneCecilie
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Winterson talks about the end of the holiday season and different traditions in different countries, and how this is the time for new beginnings. She also reference Shakespeare‘s play Twelfth Night. And we get the recipe.

bnp I liked this one when I read it a couple of years ago :-) 13mo
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Kdgordon88
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#WinterGames #TeamReadNosedReindeer. Recent reads, both were audio and great. I enjoyed Winterson‘s stories each with a recipe and some personal reflections and this version of A Christmas Carol has become a holiday tradition. And finally got to watch Charlie Brown this evening. 376 pts

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AnneCecilie
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Christmas Eve and a man is thinking about his lover that has died and their time together.

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AnneCecilie
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In this part, Winterson continues to tell us about the reflections she makes over the New Year. Then she gives us some fun facts and her recipe.

“Until 1752 Britain and her colonies (sorry about this, America) had two New Years s year because the legal new year began on March 25th, Lady Day, so-called because if you‘re going to have Jesus born on December 25th Mary has to be bang on time and conceive on March 25th - a date conveniently close to

AnneCecilie the spring equinox of March 21st, when our pre-Christian ancestors celebrated New Year. New life, the return of the sun, all very sensible.” 13mo
AnneCecilie And in relation to the sandwich: “Drink with a slightly chilled Gamay whatever the time, including breakfast. This is New Year‘s Day and millions of people will be detoxing, dieting and proclaiming Dry January. Take a stand.” 13mo
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AnneCecilie
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This is the story about how the donkey became to be the animal to carry Maria when she and Joseph travelled to Bethlehem. Then we get the birth from the donkey‘s viewpoint.

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AnneCecilie
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Fun fact from this part:
“The Romans named January after Janus, god of doorways, deity of time and transitions. He has two faces because he looks backwards and forwards.”

Winterson also spend a lot of time writing about how she uses New Year Eve to reflect.
“I don‘t make New Year resolutions - instead I have a psychic clear-out. What would I prefer not to repeat?”

We also get the recipe.

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BarbaraBB
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I had to have this one after seeing great reviews by @AnneCecilie and @Liz_M And guess what? If I take my time to read it I can even use it for the (until now seeming impossible) #BakedGoodsOnCover prompt for #Booked2021 🙃😉

Cinfhen Woohoo 🎉 great idea 13mo
Kalalalatja I bought this a few years ago, and really enjoyed it! 13mo
Liz_M I bet the tagged book has baked goods on the cover (the US edition, does): (edited) 13mo
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BarbaraBB @Liz_M That is a great cover. I read it years ago, another edition. This one seems a good alternative! 13mo
LeahBergen I enjoyed this one! 13mo
AnneCecilie I hope you love this ad much as me 13mo
Reviewsbylola I‘m struggling with this prompt too. 😂 13mo
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AnneCecilie
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An orphanage is getting ready for Christmas and this orphanage is very Dickensian. One of girls breaks one of the baubles and inside she finds a silver frog. This frog is going to change everything.

Mitch I‘d like to sit back and have you tell me the rest of the story 🤣 13mo
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Patchshank
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I forgot about the photo challenge. Here's yesterday. The picture came out kind of dark, but I would call it navy blue.
@Clwojick Does it still count if I'm a day late?
#MerryReaders

Clwojick Yes! still counts! 13mo
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Liz_M
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"...We didn't celebrate Christmas."
"Is your family Jewish?"
"No. Just unpleasant."

Liz_M 🤣 13mo
BarbaraBB Ha! 13mo
vivastory Okay, I'm going to need this one 😂 13mo
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AnneCecilie
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Winterson tells us about a Christmas she and Susie Orbach celebrated with Kamila Shamsie. We get to hear all about the turkey story that Shamsie told. And we get Shamsie‘s turkey biryani recipe and this is for everyone that isn‘t afraid of fruit in their food.

“This recipe came out of our discussion about fruit in the main courses. [...] As Kamila said They British colonised half the world and still ate boiled cabbage.‘

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EH2018
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Kdgordon88 Such a pretty cover! 13mo
StayCurious lovely! 13mo
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Bookwormjillk
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A navy blue book. This will be one of my favorites of the year. #WinterGames2020 #ReadNoseReindeer

StayCurious Pretty cover! 13mo
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Liz_M
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This book! Oh my goodness, it is so beautiful. 💙 💙 💙 💙 💙 And given how stiff the spine is (trouble holding it open for photos) I think I may be the first to check it out from the library. The light blue font! The illustrations! The recipes! The end papers!

#coloursofdecember: Day 1 - Navy Blue, +20 +1 participation
#merryreaders #wintergames2020

JamieArc I borrow this from the library last Christmas and really liked it, and decided it‘s one I need to own because the book itself is so beautiful. 13mo
LeahBergen I read this last Christmas and yes, it is lovely! 13mo
BarbaraBB Wonderful! I just ordered a copy but a cheaper edition I‘m afraid 13mo
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Liz_M @JamieArc If I like enough of the stories, I will also probably purchase it. 13mo
Liz_M @LeahBergen Oh good! I found the first story charming, the second a little less so. 13mo
Liz_M @BarbaraBB This edition is “only“ $26 USD - so the regular hardcover price. I hope your edition retains some of the charms! 13mo
BarbaraBB Is that the regular price? I never buy books that expensive but I do buy a lot of paperbacks indeed. This one I bought for $12, so probably no illustrations 🤷🏻‍♀️ 13mo
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AnneCecilie
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A group a friends visit the alps every year in the New Year, no spouses or children allowed. One night one of the guys tells about something that happened to him there last year, how he meet and talked to guy wearing old fashioned clothes that suddenly disappeared. Then one of the woman‘s goes on a walk.

BarbaraBB You sold it. I was already on the fence about this one but now I ordered it! 13mo
AnneCecilie @BarbaraBB I hope you love it as much as me 😊 13mo
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AnneCecilie
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In this section Winterson write some more about Christmas traditions, mostly relating to food. And her recipe for mulled wine.

“My German friend tells me that the gingerbread houses so popular in Germany, and in the USA, started as a craze in the 19th century, after the Grimm brothers‘ fairy tale of Hansel and Greek.”

“It is no wonder that in England in the 1970s there used to be a political party called No More Fruit in Main Courses.”

Buechersuechtling Brilliant post. I love it. I just hope I can keep that bit of “useless information” in my memory. I love such stuff but in most cases forget about it too soon. 13mo
AnneCecilie @Buechersuechtling I‘m a fan of the useless information too 😊 Sometimes it even comes in handy 13mo
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AnneCecilie
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This is the story about how a stray dog ends up in a Christmas cracker and what happens afterwards.

OutAndAbout That sounds hysterical! 13mo
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AnneCecilie
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This is about the famous bookstore in Paris.
“There‘s a sign over the entrance to Shakespeare and Company: Be Not Inhospitable To Strangers Lest They Be Angels In Disguise.”

We get the history of the store and its tradition of making Christmas dinner for all the writers living in the store or propping by.

This is what Winterson did in 2007.
“He didn‘t look pleased to see me. In fact he threw a book at my head.

AnneCecilie George: What‘s she doing in my apartment? Who‘s she? Sylvia: She‘s a writer, Daddy. Jeanette Winterson. George looked pleased and he put down the next book he was preparing to launch at my person”. When I read this book last year, this section about Shakespeare and Company was one of my favorites. It showed that the store is something more than just a store, even if it‘s a great store. We also get the dumpling recipe. 13mo
tpixie Thanks! Great Information (edited) 13mo
Velvetfur I love everything you just wrote about this book! I've always wanted to go there but never seemed to get round to it on my previous Paris trips 🙄 13mo
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TrishB @Velvetfur you have to make it a priority next time! It‘s awesome and feels like a piece of book history when you‘re in there 😁❤️ 13mo
AnneCecilie @TrishB @Velvetfur I‘ve visited twice and love the store. And as soon as they open up for travels within Europe, I‘ll book my Paris trip and visit again. The store is amazing 13mo
TrishB It definitely is ❤️ 13mo
Velvetfur @TrishB @AnneCecilie aw it sounds great! When we're allowed to travel again I'll start planning another Paris trip 😁 13mo
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AnneCecilie
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A woman is spending Christmas in the country with her best friend and her best friend‘s husband. The first night there, she wakes up during the night only to find an other person in her bed. Only no one believes her, and then things start to happen.

tpixie Hey this is the writer in Shakespeare & Co Dumpling 🥟 Recipe! 13mo
BarbaraBB Is it good? The book I mean? 13mo
AnneCecilie @BarbaraBB I love it. I read it last year too, and I‘m likely to read it again next year. 13mo
BarbaraBB That is quite a recommendation! I‘ll check it out! 13mo
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AnneCecilie
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We learn about Winterson‘s dad and how sherry trifle came to be so important to them.

Cathythoughts On my Christmas menu 👍🏻❤️ 13mo
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AnneCecilie
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O‘Brian is a single lady working at the pet section in a department store. Christmas is fast approaching and she has planned to once again to celebrate alone. But the Christmas fairy want it otherwise.