10 Books to Get You in the Holiday Spirit

Read these books to get in touch with the holidays in your heart.

If you need a break from all of the stress from preparing for the holidays? Sit down with a cup of hot chocolate, a blanket, and maybe a loved one and read these books to de-stress and fill up with the spirit of giving and love.

Did you already watch all your favorite holiday movies? Need a break from the present shopping? Then curl up with one of these holiday-spirited books that all go great with a gingerbread cookie and a glass of eggnog—and don’t forget the brandy! From the disturbingly humorous to the classically sentimental, check out 10 holiday books that will have you singing carols in no time!

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Wishin’ and Hopin’

If you were a child of the ’60s, or (more likely) always wished you were, you’ll enjoy Wishin’ and Hopin’, about a 10-year-old boy in 1964. It’s full of pop cultural references from that time.

A Christmas Carol

I know you’re familiar with the story, but if you haven’t actually read Charles Dickens’s classic tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, A Christmas Carol, now may be the time to dive into the humorous and insightful story.

A Little Fruitcake

A Little Fruitcake: A Childhood in Holidays is filled with stories about believing in Santa, disappointing gifts, and family wars, will bring back fond childhood holiday memories.

Christmas Letters From Hell

You know those families who send annual holiday letters with updates about their kids’ report cards, their latest vacations, or other details you never really wanted to know? Christmas Letters From Hell: All the News We Hate From the People We Love rounds up the funniest letters of them all.

Holidays on Ice

No one tells a story quite like David Sedaris. In Holidays on Ice you’ll learn what it’s like to work as an elf at Macy’s, among other things.

The Gift

From the author of PS I Love YouThe Gift is a novel about finding out who you really are takes place during the holiday season.

The Importance of Being Lazy

There’s already enough earnestness around the holidays, so let’s focus on something else crucial to enjoying this time of year: a break from work. Read about why vacation is so important in The Importance of Being Lazy, so that you can really enjoy your time off this holiday season.

The Winter Solstice

The Winter Solstice sheds light on the folklore behind our modern holiday traditions.


In Tinsel: A Search for America’s Christmas Present, author Hank Stuever tries to get to the bottom of why so many Americans go over the top for Christmas.

You Better Not Cry

Holiday memoir You Better Not Cry comes from the author of Running With Scissors.


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