Holiday Book Fun

 “Everything you can imagine is real.” ─ Pablo Picasso

             A few days before Christmas, I stopped at the bookstore for one last gift. While dashing through the aisles, I literally ran into a woman whose arms were overflowing with children’s books.

            “What’s your problem, dearie?” she asked.

            I apologized and told her I was on a mission to buy The Gift of the Magi for a friend.

            “Wonderful story!” She picked it up off a display table and handed it to me. “You need to stop and smell the cookies.”   

            “Too busy,” I said as I helped her gather up her books and carry them to the checkout counter.   

            As we waited in line, I asked, “Do you come here often?”

            “Usually at Christmas,” she said. “My husband has a magical touch when it comes to making all kinds of gifts, but when it comes to writing, all he writes is lists. I love books so one of my jobs is to find just the right ones that will make youngsters smile and spark the imaginations of the older ones.”

            “What do you do?” I asked.

            She laughed a merry laugh. “You wouldn’t believe what I do.”

            After we finished checking out, she grabbed my arm and pulled me over to the café. “A cocoa latte is just what you need, and then I can show you the books I bought.”

            At the table, she reached into her bag. This book is for the little ones, and she held up Jan Brett’s Snowy Treasury. “It has four different stories set in four different snowy countries. They remind me of home. And look at these,” she said, grabbing more. “If you love silly cats, Merry Christmas, Splat is perfect for you. And here’s the ho, ho, ho funny Junie B., First Grader:  Jingle Bells, Batman Smells! and The Lump of Coal. For the older kids, I found, A Season of Gifts and Secrets of a Christmas Box.”     

            “You really do love books,” I said.

            “Books are better than sugar-plums dancing in your head, dearie!”

            “Do you have special plans for Christmas?” I asked.

            “My husband works Christmas Eve. He travels all over the world, you know. While he’s gone, I’m going to snuggle up with a hot cup of cocoa and a very steamy book. She looked at me with a twinkle in her eye. “That way I’ll be ready and waiting for my husband on Christmas Day. Would you like to see my book?”

            Too much information, I thought, but before I could say anything, she pulled out The Steamy Kitchen Cookbook:  101 Asian Recipes. My husband loves Asian food. It will make a perfect Christmas dinner for the whole crew. Then she looked at her watch. “Oh my, time to dash!” She wished me a Merry Christmas and with a wink of an eye, she was gone.

            I gathered my things and noticed she had left a book on the table. I ran to the parking lot and saw her get into a car as shiny as Rudolph’s nose. I tried to wave her down, but with no luck.  I heard her exclaim as she drove out of sight, “The book is a gift, read it tonight!”

            I wondered who the strange woman was and then looked at the book in my hands. What Does Mrs. Claus Do?

Check these out, too:  Harvest of Light (Kar-Ben Publishing, 2008), The Sound of Kwanzaa (Scholastic Press, 2009)

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One Comment on “Holiday Book Fun”


  1. Great post! Love how you worked in all the book titles. Nicely done.


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