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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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Bookwormjillk
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I used to get this book out from the library, but this year it seemed like it had been lost or culled. So I bought myself a copy as a present. It‘s such a great book to dip in and out of on those weird days around Christmas and New Years. And I‘m happy to have my own copy that I can highlight and fall asleep with.

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Bookwormjillk
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Soon it will be time to go back to spinach salads and walks at lunch, but for now I‘m still indulging in sweets and books.

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Bookwormjillk
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After a few late nights everyone is conked out early, and I‘m enjoying this Christmas present to myself.

dabbe 🖤🐾🖤 5mo
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AmandaBlaze
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Andrew65 Excellent 🎄🎄🎄 5mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 5mo
PuddleJumper 💙❄️💙 5mo
BookmarkTavern Beautiful cover! 💙 5mo
DieAReader 🥳🥳🥳 5mo
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Jen2
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Rereading again this year. It‘s so delightful.

EmilyM I just got this and plan to read it every year! 5mo
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AmandaBlaze
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Next up along with I Am Half-Sick of Shadows.

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JamieArc
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1. As an 80s child, my favorites are A Smoky Mountain Christmas with Dolly Parton and Santa Claus the Movie (not the Tim Allen one)
2. All I want for Christmas is that we have to get a better idea of the future. Sounds about right 😂
3. I don‘t have a favorite, but I really enjoyed the tagged a few years ago. Runner up: The Stupidest Angel 😄
#wondrouswednesday

Eggs Thanks for joining in ❤️🥰❤️ 5mo
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OutsmartYourShelf
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Mehso-so

Exactly what it says: 12 short stories themed around Christmas with 12 holiday recipes. Standouts for me were:

3). Dark Christmas - ghost story set in a house which has been rented by a small group of friends for Christmas but only one of them turns up.

9). A Ghost Story - haunting based around Mallory & Irvine's ill-fated attempt to climb Everest.

& (continued)

OutsmartYourShelf 10). The Silver Frog - amphibians come to the rescue of orphans being ill-treated by the owner of the orphanage.

Overall it was good but short stories always leave me wishing they had been a bit longer. 3⭐

Full review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/6028152602
Read 16th-19th Dec 2023

Holiday Read - 25
Readathons - 325
Words - 6820
Post - 1

Total - 7171 pts

#WinterGames #HollyJollyReaders @Laughterhp
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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 5mo
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Deblovestoread
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The tagged book is my favorite seasonal book. I love all the stories (and I don‘t typically like short stories) and Winterson‘s reflections and recipes in between. There‘s a bit of magic, a bit of creepy (but not too much for this 🐓) a bit of heartwarming content. The audio is excellent if you want to go that route.

#MidWinterSolace #Naturalitsy #FridayNightShare

TheBookHippie 🐓🐓🐓🐓🐓 me 💯 5mo
AllDebooks Love love love this book and author x 5mo
Aimeesue 💙💙💙! 5mo
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Deblovestoread
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1) I enjoy mostly light hearted reads during this time of year.
2) Cozy mysteries, some classics, winter themed tales, a rom-com or 2
3) A Christmas Carol and the tagged book are my yearly tradition books

#Naturalitsy

#MidwinterSolace #SeasonalFavorites

@AllDebooks @TheBookHippie @Chrissyreadit @jenniferw88

TheBookHippie ❄️🤍❄️ 6mo
AllDebooks A Christmas carol 🩵 6mo
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AllDebooks
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#Naturalitsy #Midwintersolace

Every week, I will be posting a different Seasonal Favourite. It seems appropriate that the first one should be books. 🩵📚🩵
📖 What books do you enjoy this time of year?
📖 Do you have a preferred genre?
📖 Do you have a traditional read?
📖 What would you recommend?

@TheBookHippie @Chrissyreadit @jenniferw88

AllDebooks 📖 1. I do love short stories at this time of year. Easier to fit in reading around a busy time. 6mo
AllDebooks 📖 2. Cozy mystery, folk/fairytales and ghost stories. 6mo
AllDebooks 📖 3. I have a treasured Charles Dickens Christmas story collection. It was the last gift from my beloved grandma. Her birthday wasin December, soI usually dip in and out of it every day, upto Christmas day 6mo
AllDebooks 📖 4. Recommendations - Christmas days by Jeanette Winterson; The Christmas Chronicles by Nigel Slater; Christmas pudding by Nancy Mitford and an absolute reread every year 6mo
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AllDebooks
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#Womensprizeforliterature #12daysofchristmas

Do you have more room on your tbr shelf?

The women's prize for literature collated a list of recommended reads over their social media channels. Here are the themes over 12 days of Christmas.

https://www.womensprizeforfiction.co.uk/features/features/recommendations/our-ch...

What would you recommend?

Aimeesue I love the tagged book. The audio is excellent as well. ❤️ (edited) 1y
JamieArc Yes, I really loved the tagged book. I don‘t really remember the stories themselves, but really liked the author‘s commentary between the stories. 1y
Chrissyreadit Thanks for sharing! This was a great article- 1y
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Chrissyreadit @Aimeesue @JamieArc I just got the tagged book from audible based on your recommendations! Sounds perfect! 1y
Aimeesue @Chrissyreadit My favorite parts are where you can hear the exasperation in Winterson's voice as she's reading. She's so good at it! 😂 1y
JamieArc @Chrissyreadit I hope you enjoy it! Happy Listening 😊 1y
AllDebooks @Chrissyreadit my pleasure. I hope you enjoy 12 days of Christmas. It's my comfort read every winter x 1y
AllDebooks I absolutely love her narration of her bio 1y
Chrissyreadit @AllDebooks added the bio to my tbr 1y
Liz_M I loved the tagged book in print, the end papers are beautiful and there is a little bit of color throughout. 1y
AllDebooks @Liz_M It really is beautiful and the recipes 😍 1y
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mrp27
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Eggs Beautiful 🖤🤍🖤 2y
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Jen2
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Pickpick

Loved it!!

Kayla.Adriena That is a beautiful cover! Very Christmasey 😍 2y
jlhammar Yes! I adored this book! 2y
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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! 2y
vivastory Thank you for posting this. Happy Jólabókaflód 📚🍫🕯️ 2y
Crazeedi This is beautiful 2y
Cathythoughts Thankyou ❤️❤️❤️ 2y
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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 2y
bekakins I sure did 😊 2y
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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! 2y
llwheeler Ooh pretty nails! 2y
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! 2y
Andrea4 @llwheeler hehe thanks! Mom got them for me :) 2y
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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! 2y
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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!!! 2y
StayCurious Looks great! 2y
MartinaLove Looks great! 2y
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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! 💕💕 3y
alisiakae 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) 3y
Megabooks Happy new year Barbara!! 🎉🥂💜 3y
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readordierachel Happy new year! (Those flowers are lovely) 3y
batsy Gorgeous backdrop! Happy new year and here's to an easier year ahead ❤️ 3y
Cinfhen Way to go 🙌🏻💕and GORGEOUS table!!! I‘m obsessing over those dishes (edited) 3y
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! 3y
BarbaraBB @4thhouseontheleft Thanks Alissa, I feel honored 😉, have a very happy 2021 🤍🤍 3y
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen Thanks my friend, they are for special occasions since they don‘t fit in the dish washer 😂 3y
Simona Happy New Year 🥂🍾 3y
IuliaC Happy New Year 2021! 🥂🎆 3y
BarbaraBB @IuliaC Happy new year to you too 🥂🤍 3y
KarenUK @barbarabb maybe #oxymoron 🤷‍♀️❓ 3y
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Deblovestoread
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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) 3y
MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm Thanks for the tag! Curious to know what chocolate you guys would ascribe as the best. 🤤🍫 3y
Caryl Thank you for tagging me! Sure, I‘ll play! 3y
Deblovestoread @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) 3y
MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm Thanks, I‘ll have to track those down! ❤️ 3y
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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 🥰🥰🥰 3y
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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 🎊 💗☮️ 3y
sisilia Happy new year @Cinfhen 😘🥰 3y
Cathythoughts Happy New Year to you 🥳✨ 3y
sisilia Happy new year @Cathythoughts 🥰 Here‘s to a better 2021 3y
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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! 3y
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 🤷🏻‍♀️ 3y
TrishB Although if I did read Christmas stories Winterson would be a good choice! 3y
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MayJasper I am liking the illustration 3y
BarbaraBB @MayJasper All of the book is gorgeously designed! 3y
Liz_M I don't read holiday books either as most are too fluffy and optimistic. This book is not twee. 3y
Suet624 I am DEFINITELY not a holiday reader. Just a big old humbug over here. 3y
sisilia I‘m enjoying this book, too 3y
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Deblovestoread
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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. 😊 3y
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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. 😊 3y
monkeygirlsmama Such a pretty book cover. Also, at first glace I thought you'd spilled guacamole all over the corner! bahahahahaha 3y
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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. 🎄🎅 3y
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Branwen
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Enjoying a warm and snuggly Christmas Eve! 😽📚💕 #catsoflitsy #littenkitten #roxas

Catsandbooks Cute reading buddy! 🥰 3y
cozypunk Awww! 🥰 3y
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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! 3y
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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 😍😍 3y
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 :) 3y
Branwen @Avanders 💕📚🍫 @Shadowfat I do! I love everything so much! Thank you, friend! 💕 3y
BethM That book sounds great! 3y
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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. 3y
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. 3y
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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. 3y
TheSpineView 🎄📖📚 3y
Graywacke Appreciating the conflation of religious stuff. 3y
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. 3y
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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. 3y
BarbaraBB Good to know! I‘ll get to it soon! 3y
j9brown I loved it too, and love that cover!! 😍 3y
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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 :-) 3y
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Deblovestoread
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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.” 3y
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.” 3y
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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 3y
Kalalalatja I bought this a few years ago, and really enjoyed it! 3y
Liz_M I bet the tagged book has baked goods on the cover (the US edition, does): (edited) 3y
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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! 3y
LeahBergen I enjoyed this one! 3y
AnneCecilie I hope you love this ad much as me 3y
Reviewsbylola I‘m struggling with this prompt too. 😂 3y
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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 🤣 3y
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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! 3y
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