I have a framed Mary Engelbreit poster in my office that illustrates the quotation: “A book is a present you can open again and again.” For the month of December, I will amend this quote to say “Christmas books are presents (you can give yourself or others) that you can open again and again, year after year.”
It is one of my favorite decorating tasks to take the Christmas books down from the top shelf of the closet (Tom climbs on a chair and hands them down to me). I feel the excitement grow once again, as if Santa has already arrived. I can’t stop to enjoy them yet (Tom keeps the pace – a quick hand-down as I make stacks around the room), but I am thinking ahead to where I will place them this year.
I have several collections that will claim their usual places – the Robert Sabuda and Chuck Fischer Christmas pop-ups on or under the end tables in the living room, the Mary Engelbreit books in the office, smaller volumes such as my southern Christmas books and the recipe and celebration titles on the roll-top desk in the kitchen. Large volumes, including most of my “The Night before Christmas” books and some others with especially beautiful photographs or illustrations, take their place of honor next to the fireplace.
This year, because our grandchildren will be with us (a rarity) I am placing a basket of children’s books near the tree for the four-year-old twins to enjoy before they open their own books (from Grandma and Grandpa) on Christmas morning. My older granddaughters can enjoy the Norman Rockwell Christmas books and the Stockbridge miniature village that decorate the guest room.
I hope that you enjoy these photos of books from my collection. It’s not too late to begin one for yourself or for somebody on this year’s Christmas list. If you have done all of your shopping, be sure and drop by your book store for the after-Christmas sales; you’re sure to find something lovely to purchase for next year. What better holiday wish could there be for those of us who love books than this:
A Merry Christmas Book to You and to Those You Love!