Christmas Cupcake Murder by Joanne Fluke: While Hannah speeds through a lengthy holiday checklist, drama in town grows like Santa’s waistline on Christmas Eve. Her sister Andrea wants to stave off the blues by helping out at The Cookie Jar, Michele’s love life is becoming complicated, Lisa needs Hannah’s advice, and Delores has a Christmas secret. But nothing dampens the holiday mood more than the man found near death in an abandoned storefront two doors down from Hannah’s bakery.
One More Christmas by Sarah Morgan: A brush with mortality compels a tough-love businesswoman to gather her estranged family for a Christmas reunion in Scotland, where she teams up with her adorable granddaughter to help her daughters reconcile. As the snowflakes fall on their first family celebration in years, the women must learn that sometimes facing up to the past is all you need to heal your hear.
The Christmas Table by Donna VanLiere: In June 1972, John Creighton builds his wife Joan a kitchen table. Inspired to put something delicious on the table for Thanksgiving, Joan turns to her mother’s recipes. In June 2012, Lauren finds a table at a garage sale, and once home, a stack of recipe cards in a drawer. Personal notes have been written on each one from the mother to her daughter, and as Christmas nears, Lauren tries to unlock the mystery of the table.
Countdown to Christmas by Caroline McKenzie: This stunning book invites readers to an exclusive inside look at the making of everyone’s favorite holiday classics with secrets from the stars, screenwriters, set designers, costume designers, and directors who create the movie magic. This ultimate deck-the-halls guide shares their personal holiday recipes, favorite ideas for Christmas decorating and gift giving, as well as ways to savor and share the true meaning of the holidays.
Holiday Cookies by Elisabet der Nederlanden: Nederlanden presents recipes, along with decorating and packing ideas, for updated favorites. She includes instructions for gingerbread houses, cookie place cards, and cookie ornaments. Each cookie is destined to become your new Christmas classic.
Jingle All the Way by Debbie Macomber: When a massive snowstorm hits, Everly’s mother urges her to come home for Christmas, but she hesitates to return to the life she’s worked so hard to escape and instead embarks on a weeklong tour of the Amazon guided by charming naturalist Asher Adams. Everly slowly but surely begins to realize that relationships are more important than work–and just might decide to journey home just in time for Christmas Day.
A Dog’s Perfect Christmas by Cameron Bruce: The problems fracturing the Goss family as Christmas approaches are hardly unique, though perhaps they are handling them a little differently than most people might. Then a true emergency arises, one with the potential to not only ruin Christmas, but everything holding the family together. Is the arrival of a lost puppy yet another in the string of calamities facing them, or could the little canine be just what they all need?
Christmas Card Murder by Leslie Meier: A collection of three holiday-themed novellas includes Leslie Meier’s Christmas Card Murder, in which the discovery of an old Christmas card with a nasty message finds Lucy Stone investigating a decades-old murder.
A Literary Holiday Cookbook by Alison Walsh: From Christmas and Thanksgiving to Halloween and New Year’s, this seasonal cookbook offers 17 full four-course holiday meals from 25 classic books–each including an appetizer, entrée, side dish, and dessert.
Hallmark Christmas (DVD): Bring home three magical Hallmark Channel original Christmas movies this holiday season. Includes A Song for Christmas, Hearts of Christmas, and Christmas Festival of Ice.
Have Yourself a Minimalist Christmas by Meg Nordman: Do you dread the high cost that comes with Christmas gifts? Do you feel overwhelmed when decorating for the holidays? Do you feel defeated by not having enough time to fulfill all of society’s idealized holiday traditions? This book will shift your mindset by walking you through the basics of minimalism and exploring the relatively new history of the “Story of Santa” to more easily resist the marketing and cultural expectations of this season.