"The Christmas Dog," by Melody Carlson
A little before seven on Monday morning, Betty woke to the sound of someone trying to break into her house. At least that was what it sounded like to her ... it was that scruffy dog again. Jack Jones's mongrel. The dog crouched down, whimpering and despite Betty's bitter feelings toward her neighbor, she felt a tinge of pity for the poor, dirty animal. And Betty didn't even like dogs. "Go home, you foolish thing," she said. "Go bother your owner." The dog just whined. The dog didn't budge, and now Betty didn't know what to do.
"You Better Not Cry," by Augusten Burroughs
You've eaten too much candy at Christmas ... but have you eaten off the face of a six-foot Santa? You've seen gingerbread houses ... but have you ever made your own gingerbread tenement? You've woken up with a hangover ... but have you ever woken up next to Kris Kringle himself? Augusten Burroughs has, and in this caustically funny, nostalgic, poignant and moving collection, he recounts Christmases past and present -- as only he can. Mordantly funny, pathologically honest and with a reckless disregard for his own dignity, Augusten reveals how the holidays bring out the worst in us and sometimes, just sometimes, the very, very best.
"Merry and Bright," by the Editors of Country Living
Make your holiday season magical for your loved ones with 301 festive ideas for celebrating Christmas. The editors of Country Living magazine have gathered their favorite deck-the-halls tips, heirloom craft projects, and delicious holiday recipes in the enchanting volume. Hundreds of sumptuous color photographs will inspire you to get started right away.
Handmade trimmings and tree decorations lend a personal touch to the festivities. See how easy it is to craft ribbon ornaments, felt garlands, Victorian-style kissing balls and more.
There are also great tips for packaging goodies as gifts. Begin new holiday traditions that will last a lifetime.
"Knit the Season," by Kate Jacobs; "Lakeshore Christmas," by Susan Wiggs; "2009 Christmas with Southern Living Christmas Book II," by the Editors of Gooseberry Patch.