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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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Emilymdxn
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I reserved this in the library before Christmas and wound up reading it now! It was a lovely book, though I don‘t think I enjoyed it as much as I would have done if I‘d read it in December. The vibe was a bit off as not feeling very Christmassy anymore but I can‘t hold that against the book. The recipes were fascinating too. The ghost stories in particular were atmospheric and very ‘classic ghost story‘ which I appreciated a lot.

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JamieArc
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My last print read of 2019. This was a perfect holiday read. The book itself is beautiful, there is an interesting commentary on Christmas that had me re-thinking the holiday (and pointing out whenever certain Christmas songs played that it was written by a Jewish person), interesting stories, and recipes written about wonderfully. Worthy of a repeat read next year.

Rina_Black Such a beautiful cover 😍 3w
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Andrea4
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My god has this year been a journey! From actual trips that I didn't want to miss to inner journeys that took all my energy at times.
This year I really did live & experience so much that when I read, i found the mirror to my life, the relation. Of course there were the murder mysteries thrown in for some good fun/distraction. It all counts though. Quality over quantity.
Happy NYE! May you find all the magic you seek in 2020!

Bookzombie Happy New Year!!🎆 🎉🥳 3w
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Andrea4
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When I am climbing I understand that gravity exists to protect us from our lightness of being, in the same way that time is what shields us from eternity.

#bookclub @llwheeler

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AnneCecilie
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I loved all the stories in this book and I will definitely read more from Winterson.

The stories are divided in two:
There‘s stories about the Christmas spirit, talking snowmamas, ghost stories, inspired by A Christmas Carol, getting a new pet and etc.
Then there‘s the stories Winterson tells around each dish that tells of her own and her family Christmas tradition, then she tells about author friends and the bookstore Shakespeare and Company.

AnneCecilie Don‘t be surprised if I read this again next year. This was my first finished book #24B4Monday. I‘m not sure about the points here. For 12 stories, for 24 stories? #HolidayRead #WinterGames #ReafNosedReindeer 3w
Andrew65 👏👏👏 3w
Emilymdxn Is this an American edition of the book? I haven‘t seen it before but it‘s so much prettier than the one I‘ve seen in the uk! 3w
AnneCecilie @Emilymdxn Actually, I thought this was the U.K. paperback edition, but I don‘t know. I live in Norway and am not sure where the bookstores get their books from. 3w
StayCurious I'm going to go with 24 since there is a divide from what you have described. Plus, more points! +481 2w
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AnneCecilie
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A day late with my #BookReport

I knew I wouldn‘t get much reading done when I was staying at my parents so I‘m quite happy with my reading

I finished The Snow Sister.
Then I started both the story collection by Levi Henriksen and Christmas Days. I have 30p left in the story collection and had 100p left in Christmas Days.

I‘ve started on Juleroser and is close to halfway.
I haven‘t started on the other Christmas magazines.

Cinfhen Some really pretty covers 😍 3w
StayCurious Those look great! +1 2w
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EliNeedsMoreShelves
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Absolutely marvelous collection of holiday-themed stories and recipes. Winterson's writing is so rich, and each story is a lovely gem. I will definitely be reading this for many holiday seasons to come.

#WinterGames #TeamFestivus #HolidayGames
@wanderinglynn @StayCurious @Clwojick

+21 points (Sunday total = 313 points)

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EliNeedsMoreShelves
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Finished this lovely collection - will definitely be a tradition from now on.

#WinterGames #TeamFestivus #HolidayReads
@wanderinglynn @StayCurious @Clwojick

+281 points (Sunday total = 292 points)

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Daisey
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#BookReport
🎧 4 audiobooks
🎄 3 holiday reads
📓 2 middle grade
✍️ 1 nonfiction

#CurrentlyReading
📖 Fire & Heist
🎧 #ATreeGrowsInBrooklynBuddyRead - starting Sunday morning

#WeeklyForecast
📚 Along with Fire & Heist, I have 2 more middle grade reads I hope to get to before we start back to school.
📖 #FellowshipofTolkien starts The Fellowship of the Ring #readalong January 3!
🎧 Independent People for #ReadingEurope2020

Cinfhen Nice 👍🏻 Littens are really killing it this week 😍 3w
Sace Ahhhh! So many things starting this week and I forgot to make them part of my weekly forecast! 😱 3w
Daisey @Sace I know what you mean! I actually wrote out a list of my possible January TBR first and it was almost overwhelming. 3w
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AnneCecilie
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These are the books I hope to read by the end of the year.

The Agatha Christie book consists of 3 novels and I only hope to read one, The Man in the Brown Suit.
Then I have just 3 stories left in Henriksen‘s book, and I have ca 100p left in Christmas Days.
After that I hope to read A Winter‘s Promise

#WinterGames #ReadNosedReindeer

PaperbackPirate Good luck! 3w
StayCurious You can do it! +11 (edited) 3w
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Daisey
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I finished my Advent devotional early this morning, and then listened to the rest of Christmas Days while completing the last of the gifts and baking for today. This was a wonderful collection of stories and recipes that I will absolutely revisit in years to come.

#Christmas #audiobook

JazzFeathers Merry Christmas! These were a couple days of cooking and visiting friends and family. It was lovely. 4w
CafeMom I am reading this book now but no hopes of finishing it today. I am enjoying it. 4w
Daisey @JazzFeathers Merry Christmas to you as well! I‘m lucky enough to be able to spend over a week with my sister and her family, but between now and Friday will be the busiest with visiting and festivities. 4w
Daisey @CafeMom I really enjoyed the stories on audio, but I‘m going to have to track down print to look at some of the recipes more closely. 4w
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ONH
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Winterson‘s collection of Christmas short stories paints a meaningful, personal-yet-relatable understanding of the holiday: ritual (self-care), family (but not conforming to their expectations of you), and an ages-old cultivation of countless world cultures.

“We don‘t lose these associations; the past comes with us, and with luck we reinvent it, which is what I am suggesting we do with Christmas. And everything is a story.” ❄️🎄🥂

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Bibliogeekery
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Listening to this sweet audiobook between clients. Can't wait for a break from work!

JamieArc This is my current read! 1mo
readordierachel Lovely photo! 1mo
Cathythoughts Beautiful pic 1mo
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Mogoeg
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@Clwojick @StayCurious #WinterGames #ReadNosedReindeer #HolidayRead

Finished up Winterson's delightful collection of Christmas stories - and recipes! - and plan to start the Willis collection soon (I know a lot of these I've read before but that's part of the fun!).

I loved Winterson's book so much - I think I might get my own copy to have around to read every holiday. Some of the recipes sound both relatively easy and delicious!

StayCurious Wow! 240 points! Good job! 1mo
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Bibliogeekery
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😍

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Bibliogeekery
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Third year in a row of reading this gorgeous collection! 🎄🥧

Aimeesue I adore this book. ❤️❤️❤️ Lovely shot, too. (edited) 1mo
LeahBergen I‘m reading it for the first time right now. 💙 1mo
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Bibliogeekery @LeahBergen exciting! What do you think? I love the audiobook version. I like hearing Jeanette Winterson read her recipes 1mo
LeahBergen I‘m loving it! I especially like the recipe sections. 1mo
EllieDottie I‘m also reading it for the first time right now! I‘m loving it! 1mo
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britt_brooke
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ A bewitching and eclectic mix of holiday stories, recipes, and traditions. It‘s not all rainbows and kittens, but each story is lovely in it‘s own way. My first Winterson, and definitely not my last. Thank you, Rebecca, for gifting this to me last Christmas. 🎄🤗 #coverlove

TheBookKeepers How adorable! 1mo
Booksnchill Love the picture! 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm Beautiful pic! 1mo
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Christine Love this book (and your pic)! 1mo
LeahBergen I‘m currently reading this, too. 😄 1mo
charl08 Very Christmassy! 1mo
britt_brooke @LeahBergen 👯‍♀️ Hope you‘re enjoying it, too! 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful 🤍💙 1mo
britt_brooke @charl08 💚🎄🤗 1mo
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Andrea4
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I adore this story in particular. Breaks my heart (a 32y.o. whose never had a tree?!), makes me laugh (only potato vodka can be clairvoyant obviously), and gives me hope ("There's all of next year.").

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llwheeler
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What a lovely book. All the feelings of the holidays - on this read I especially got the sense of quiet, snow-blanketed contemplation.
The stories are good, but it's the recipe sections that are the highlight for me, particularly her thoughts on ritual and reflection. I'd like to get a hardcopy of this and put it on my fireplace mantel (that I don't yet have) by the stockings each year, and dip in and out of it over the holiday season.

llwheeler Also I really love the cover art for the audio book - very good narration too. 1mo
llwheeler Looking forward to discussing at book club @Andrea4! 1mo
LeahBergen I‘ve just started this. 👍🏻 1mo
llwheeler @LeahBergen hope you enjoy! 1mo
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llwheeler
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#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

1. Christmas Days (by Winterson - really enjoying so far), The Hobbit, Emma (both rereads)
2. The Dispossessed by Le Guin
3. The True Queen by Zen Cho

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catebutler
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This book with its 12 stories & 12 feasts for 12 days, is the perfect read for the festive season. This year, I‘ve also started a tradition of giving & receiving a book on Christmas Eve. Iceland celebrates this tradition “jólabókaflód”, & being such an avid book lover myself, I adore the idea of exchanging books on Christmas Eve & then spending the evening reading. Do you have a Christmas Eve tradition you do or look forward to each year?

mdm139 We have a Christmas Eve box. The kids really want to open a present on Christmas Eve so they get to open the box. Inside is new matching Christmas jammies for everyone and a new holiday movie with hot cocoa and popcorn and snacks. 1mo
catebutler @mdm139 I adore your tradition! Doing a box like this is a brilliant idea, especially with all the excitement and anticipation kids have for Christmas morning. How fun! 1mo
Freespirit I love that Icelandic tradition❤️ 1mo
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britt_brooke
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“I ate. I drank. I wondered why love is so hard and life is so short.”

💔

AceOnRoam 💗 1mo
arlenefinnigan I love this book so much. 1mo
britt_brooke @arlenefinnigan I‘m loving it so far! I received it as a gift from a Litsy friend last Christmas. 💚 1mo
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LeahBergen
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This is the perfect mixture of stories, essays, and recipes (and several of the recipes are from other authors 👏🏻).

#BookAdventCalendar
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GypsyKat I read this last year and loved it! I‘ll definitely be rereading it this year! ❤️ 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful 🤍💙 2mo
Aimeesue I love this one! I adore Jeanette Winterson. ❤️ 1mo
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Aimeesue There‘s a lovely interview with Winterson about this book here: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/vintage-books/id395664824?i=1000379105811 1mo
JennyM That‘s just beautiful ❄️ 1mo
LeahBergen @GypsyKat Oh, good! I‘m so looking forward to it! 1mo
LeahBergen @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @JennyM It‘s such a pretty cover! 1mo
LeahBergen @Aimeesue Thanks! I‘ll give that a listen. 😘 1mo
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Andrea4
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That love is a mystery and that love is the mystery that makes things happen.

💜love always comes back💜

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bookandbedandtea
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I'm feeling very Christmasy...too bad work takes up so much of my time. 😩🎄🎅😊

britt_brooke Ooh, thanks for reminding me that this is on my shelf! I received it as a Christmas gift last year. 2mo
bookandbedandtea @britt_brooke here's hoping we both enjoy it! 2mo
britt_brooke @bookandbedandtea 🤞🏻 I decided to go ahead and crack of open. I‘m one story in and liking it so far. 1mo
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Andrea4
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🤣🤣🤣 @llwheeler when we made mincemeat pies did we fill them idiotically??!!

llwheeler 😂😂 2mo
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Andrea4
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Why had we learned to hurry through every day when every day was all we had?

💗💔💗

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EliNeedsMoreShelves
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Let the games begin!

1 - 115
2 - 120
3 - Christmas Days by Jeanette Winterson. I got it as a gift last Christmas and I've been waiting sooooo patiently to read it this year!
4 - watching my kids get excited about all the things this season brings. It's such a delight to walk through this season with my little family.

#WinterGames #TeamFestivus @wanderinglynn @StayCurious @Clwojick

wanderinglynn Yay! 🙌🏻 2mo
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Andrea4
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Beginning my 3rd reread. 💜😍
I can hear Winterson's voice and I love it.
I agree with what she says here: we don't lose past associations, those come with us but if we are lucky reinvention *is* an option.
I love the Christmas season with all my heart and part of that means accepting that it has not always historically been so easy, pleasant, joyful, or filled with loved ones *but* it did not remain that way either.
💜💜
#bookclub @llwheeler

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AnneCecilie
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Made a stop at the bookstore today.
I hope to get to Adiche and Beard for #NFNov this month, I bought another Christmas book so that‘s one more book for #WinterGames next month and Atkinson is for January‘s #BelowZer00s

charl08 Ooh, nice haul! 2mo
AnneCecilie @charl08 thanks 😊 2mo
BarbaraBB Great haul! And I am glad you‘ll be there for #BelowZer00s 🕺💃🎶 2mo
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AnneCecilie @BarbaraBB I‘m looking forward to it. I‘ve been wanting to read more of her since I read “Life after Life”. 2mo
Aimeesue Great haul! I really enjoyed the Winterson. 2mo
rsteve388 I hear we should all be feminists is excellent! 2mo
Cinfhen Yay!!! So glad you picked up the Atkinson ❤️🎉 2mo
rsteve388 1 pt 2mo
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Tonton
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Christmas in August dog days、 but needed this miraculous and lovely book of short stories to shake off the blues. Recipes (very British comfort food) included. Exquisite style and grace.

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annamatopoetry
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1) the last book I finished and liked pretty unequivocally
2) didn't really have any, my mum had some silly names for me that switched every so often.
3) veggie samosas with tamarind chutney
4) resting my foot. Movies with friends. We were going to get the car detailed (it was stolen and recovered this week) but there was no opening until Wednesday.
5) 4? (Swe, Eng, Fr, Ger) 6 if I cheat and do Nor and Dan as well. #friyayintro @howjessreads

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annamatopoetry
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Wrong time of the year? Yup. But I finished it, so there is that. Overall, as delightful as all of all of Winterson's writing. Stories that'll wring tears out of your tired little face, dotted out between recipes I don't really care for - very British and lots of meat. But definitely an overall plus.

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annamatopoetry
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Ms Winterson, how very DARE you have such a magical way with language

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annamatopoetry
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"It's like she's living inside a brown bear. "

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bookwrm526
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Here‘s my summary for December (and my reading challenge totals for the year). The tagged book was one of my favorites from December, but there wasn‘t a terrible one in the bunch!! Now I get to work on my yearly summary 🎉

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Andrea4
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Miracles detonate the existing situation.

#audiobook love
Second read through.

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Andrea4
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"...the things I regret in my life are not errors in judgement but failures in feeling."

Yet again, strengthening my resolve to love as much as possible in the ways I can and also try to be more forgiving to myself and others.
#audiobook
Did I mention I LOVE this book???

LiteraryinLititz What a great sentiment! 💗 13mo
llwheeler ❤️ 13mo
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WellReadCatLady
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Merry Christmas!! 🎄

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Merry Christmas!! 🎄 13mo
Meaw_catlady Merry Christmas! Pretty kitty! 😻 13mo
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WellReadCatLady
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Gaylagal2 Such a beautiful tree!🎄 13mo
MrBook 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 13mo
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Andrea4
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Love always comes back.

Why do we tend to hold ourselves back from all the good feelings? Why do we apologize for our excitement, reign in our happiness, and decide to stop loving? Vice versa, why do we flame our hatreds, feed our fears and worries? ***food for thought from my dad last night***

I'm going to just choose to love. Maybe it won't always turn out right or be perfect but it seems it has to be the better choice.💜💜

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WellReadCatLady
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Been seeing this book on my Litsy feed for a few days now and saw it on Hoopla when looking for something Christmasy to listen to while I drive to my grandparents house so I couldn‘t pass it up. #blamelitsy

BarbaraJean Haha—these are the exact reasons I picked this up myself! Saw it all over Litsy, saw it on Hoopla, and said “Yes, please!” Hope you enjoy it! 13mo
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Andrea4
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For the first time ever (discounting for school) I am rereading, or in this case, re-listening to a book!!!
This captured my heart last Christmas and while I own a hardcopy now I have errands to run.
#audiobook FTW

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Bibliogeekery
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At my parent's house for Christmas! 🎅🎄

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BarbaraJean
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This was an impulse #blameitonLitsy read! I listened to the audio, which was lovely, but I‘d like to check out the print version in order to more easily refer to the recipes. The short stories were a wonderfully eclectic mix—from sweet love stories to fantastical tales of talking dogs and snowmen who come alive (NOT Frosty), to spooky ghost stories (one of which made me jump a mile when my husband walked up behind me unexpectedly!). Continued ⤵️

BarbaraJean I also loved the author‘s introductions to each recipe, and her reflections on the season. I‘m glad I picked this up—thank you to all the other Littens who posted about it and put it on my radar! 13mo
Aimeesue Vintage Books podcast did an interview with Winterson 2 years ago about this book that was just delightful. I just listened to it the other day. https://soundcloud.com/vintagebookspodcast 13mo
BarbaraJean @Aimeesue Thank you for the link—I will definitely check that out! 13mo
chaoticgoodhufflepuff That‘s quite a recommendation! I love the artwork! ❤️❄️❤️ 13mo
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BekahPat
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To celebrate the 12 days of Christmas, beginning Christmas Day and leading up to January 6, Epiphany, I will be reading a story from this beautiful book each evening. Savoring the season.

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wtimblin
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Lovely, heartwarming little book. 12 short stories, 12 Christmas recipes, and a dash of magic. Perfect

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Bibliogeekery
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This book is so great!! I've read it two years in a row at Christmastime and plan to make it an annual tradition. Such a wonderful blend of fiction (ghost stories, fables, whimsy), reflections on Christmas, recipes and personal information about Jeanette Winterson's life. I switched between audiobook and physical book because I wanted to hear the author read parts of it. 🎄⛄

Tamra I‘ve enjoyed it too! I am going to photo copy 2 of the recipes and try them out. 13mo
Bibliogeekery @Tamra Oo, which ones are you going to try? 13mo
Tamra Cheese crackers & fish cakes 😋 13mo
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Bibliogeekery @Tamra those were the two I was mouth-watering over too! 13mo
Tamra @Bibliogeekery I‘ve never had mincemeat, but since I don‘t have a sweet tooth, that isn‘t likely one I‘m going to try. 😄 13mo
Tamra @Bibliogeekery I liked the idea adding smoked fish to the cakes! 13mo
Bibliogeekery @Tamra I like the smoked fish idea too! 13mo
Becker I am listening to this and even though it is excellent I still wish I had the beautiful print book 13mo
Bibliogeekery @Becker it is gorgeous! I bought another copy for a friend and it was a paperback which isn't quite as lovely as the hardcover! 13mo
tojuxtapose I need this in my life. 13mo
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GypsyKat
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This was lovely! Not quite what I expected, but in a good way. I loved how inclusive it was, as only a Christmas book written by a lesbian who‘s married to a Jewish woman could be. The recipes sounded delicious, and paired with memories or traditions made them so much more interesting than they normally would have been. And I loved the ghost stories! This is definitely one I‘ll listen to again next year. Four 1/2 stars. 🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄

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