Holiday Tradition and a Book ~ Guest Post with Book Haven

Posted December 16, 2015 by Michelle in And A Book / 8 Comments

Holiday TraditionWe all have some sort of Holiday Tradition during the month of December, so I asked a few of my friends to share with you their Holiday Traditions and a book.

So get cozy by the fire, grab a cup of coco and get ready to read some amazing traditions and some fantastic recommendations for the holidays.


Holiday Tradition

Luminaries and the Joy of the Holidays

When I thought about doing a guest post for Michelle it took me a few minutes to realize that maybe the oldest tradition I can think of is still a favorite. When I was a kid our neighborhood set luminaries out every Christmas Eve. The luminaries are just a paper bag with sand in the bottom and a candle, basically- you set them out along the road (and maybe your driveway too), light the candles, and voila- a wonderful ambience. We would always go to my grandparents house on Christmas Eve, so after lighting the luminaries we would drive through the neighborhood and the road would be lined with lights.

Even more magical was the ride home. After dinner and a few presents we would come home and it was fully dark by then. The luminaries looked magical, especially if there was snow falling. Sure a few here and there would have blown out, but mostly they were still burning. I’d look out the window and see the lights, thinking about Christmas and presents and snow. Great memories.

I live on the other side of the state now, and I haven’t seen many luminaries over here, and even in the old neighborhood not everyone does it, but they still do for the most part and I miss it. It’s a wonderful, easy way to enhance the Christmas eve magic. I still look back fondly on lighting the candles with my dad as evening falls- on my favorite night of the year.

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The Book

20309175My True Love Gave To Me is a holiday anthology that came out in 2014, but I never got to it last year. This year I thought I would give it a shot, as a holiday themed anthology sounded fun. So… a year later here are my thoughts. It was a little hit or miss for me, but mostly a hit. Rather than cover each story, I’m just going to share a bit on the ones I liked.

Midnights by Rainbow Rowell starts this collection off, and I think is one of the better stories. She seems to have a knack for getting in the heads of teenagers, or sharing and reminding us of that one of a kind time. The joy and terror of first love, or love in general… as we’re becoming who we are. A great way to start this off.

Angels in the Snow by Matt de la Pena is a fun story about a poor kid who is cat sitting over the holidays, and how his life changes when he meets the girl upstairs.

Polaris IS Where You’ll Find Me by Jenny Han is a short tale about an orphan girl living at the North Pole. Whimsical and cute, I enjoyed it.

It’s A Yuletide Miracle, Charlie Brown is another winner, about love found in a Christmas tree lot. I won’t say much else other than to say this is a nice story, and I would have liked to see more.

Beer Buckets and Baby Jesus is a cute story about expectations and how people are often not what they seem.

Christmas, CA by Kiersten White is a neat story about seeing things for how they really are, and the sacrifices we make for loved ones. One of my favorites.

Star of Bethlehem by Ally Carter is about a girl who just wants to go anywhere, to get away- and does so, finding herself in the unlikeliest place. And maybe the best place. Another good story.

All in all this was a fun collection, and while a few of the stories didn’t work for me, by and large this is a winner. There’s lots of variety here and I think a wide range of readers will find something to enjoy with a mug of something warm.

About the Guest

Greg is a benefits administrator and avid reader who loves to share a good book. He reviews fantasy and YA as well as mysteries, and can be found at Book Haven or on Twitter at @GregsBookHaven.


Thank you for stopping by to check out today’s Holiday Tradition and Book

Have a great day!

Happy Holidays!


About Michelle

I am a mom to two pretty amazing kids, four pretty cute fluffy children and a wife to one adorable husband. I am a gamer, reader and a graphic designer with 20 years experience. I recently started my own business "Limabean Designs" to help other bloggers, authors and anyone else create amazing things that they would be proud to show off. I have been reading since forever and started blogging because I love sharing all the awesome books this world has to offer. I am also the co-host for the COYER Challenge, Reading Assignment Challenge and the Bookish Resolutions Challenge. I try to create a warm welcoming environment on my blog where authors, readers, and bloggers will have a great time. Let’s chat books, games, blogging, recipes, design, or family over a cup of coffee and a glass of wine!

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8 responses to “Holiday Tradition and a Book ~ Guest Post with Book Haven

  1. I love luminaries! I delivered the newspaper from 98-08 and I had one road that would put out luminaries for about 3/4 mile (plus driveways) and they were usually still lit by the time I delivered at like 4am. Only instead of paper bags, they used milk jugs. I always wondered who stored them all the rest of the year. LOL

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