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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.

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