The clock is ticking away towards December 26 and those hard-to-buy-gifts-for people are making a lot of us feel anxious. What better present could there be than a book? And you can always borrow it or read it before you give it, so here are a few suggestions.
Books about Christmas, collections of stories and traditions, Christmas mysteries, Christmas crafts and on and on, are a whole burgeoning genre at this time of year. Try A Dixie Christmas: Holiday Stories from the South's Best Writers, from the Algonquin Press, the third in a series of collections of holiday stories from editor Charlene McCord. It features favorite Southern writers Bailey White, Rick Bass and Ellen Gilchrist among others.
For kids, try Robert Sabuda's Winter's Tale: an Original Pop-up Journey. Sabuda is the master of pop-up book engineering. His Twelve Days of Christmas: a Pop-up Celebration is also gorgeous. If you give your children a Christmas book every year, they will have a wonderful collection for life and it makes gift shopping a little easier.