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Monthly Archives: December 2010

These days, we are bombarded with Christmas starting even before Halloween. This is ridiculous.  But now it’s actually December, time to do Christmassy stuff, and I find myself a little blah.  Not that I ever had a huge attention span for sentimental Christmas stuff, but I’d like something a little unsentimental.  So, here’s a few holiday books that are more than just your average sentimental Christmas story:

Cover image for Hanukkah ShmanukkahHanukkah Shmanukkah by Esme Raji Codell

Mr. Scroogemacher is a cranky old man who runs a factory in turn of the century America.  He has no Hanukkah Spirit or love for his fellow man until he is visited one night by three magical rabbis…

 

 

Cover image of Miracle on 49th Street by Mike LupicaMiracle on 49th Street by Mike Lupica

This one borders on sentimental as the ending is truly miraculous for even a  children’s “realistic problem novel.”  But what I liked about it was the struggle between 12-year-old orphaned Molly, and the Boston Celtics MVP Josh Cameron, who may or may not be her father.  I liked that it was a non-traditonal family structure, and that the characters are faced with very modern moral dilemmas.

 

 

Cover image of The Stupidest Angel by Christopher MooreThe Stupidest Angel: A Heartwarming Tale of Christmas Terror by Christopher Moore

An angel arrives in a small town in California to grant a wish to a small boy.  Unfortunately the angel is non too bright, and also kinda weird, so he’s mistaken for a child molester, and run over by a stoned cop.  Throw in an aging B movie star who’s off her meds, a pilot and his fruit bat, and the lovely ex-wife of the recently murdered town curmudgeon, and things really start to get interesting.  Like with zombies.

 

 

Cover for Angelology by Danielle Trussoni

Angelology by Danielle Trussoni

Just before Christmas, the young nun Evengeline comes across a letter she cannot seem to ignore, and it begins to lead her down a path of self discovery.  She finds that her family’s past is deeply rooted in Angelology, the study of Angels, and that she herself is in the middle of the war between the children of men, and the children of angels.

 

Original cover image for the Hogfather by Terry PratchettThe Hogfather by Terry Pratchett

I haven’t read this book yet, but I don’t have to read it to know that it may be one of the most off the wall “Christmas” books out there.  Set on Pratchett’s Discworld, the ever present Death decides to take a hands on approach to the annual winter holiday of Hogswatch, and becomes the Hogfather.

At last, it’s cold out.  Hot chocolate and soup weather!  But with all the holiday shopping, you need to save a little money on food, so here is one of the cheapest easiest soups I make:

Pea Soup

3 shallots, chopped

1 bag frozen peas

rubbed thyme

salt and butter to taste

1/2 cup milk(optional)

1 blender

 

Heat a soup pot and melt a little butter on the bottom.  Cook the shallots in the butter until they are soft and kind of clear, or even a little brown.  Pour in the frozen peas, and cover with water.  Add salt and thyme to taste.  With me, that’s about a Tablespoon of each.  Cook until it boils.  Pour the soup into a blender and blend until smooth.  Then you put it back in the soup pan and stir in the milk.  Heat it back up if you want, or allow the milk to cool the soup to slurping temperature!