Monday, December 12, 2011

A Quiet December Tradition

Eleven years ago, was our last summer taking students to Europe. (with Royal Servants International) I always saved some spending money for duty free shopping in Heathrow airport, just before we boarded our flight home. 

Sometimes I would buy a teapot, or piles of chocolate for friends, or Whittards tea tins. That last summer, I headed to the bookshop and was immediately drawn to the latest Rosemunde Pilcher book.


It was a really cool large paperback copy, that you could only get in England. I have read that book every December for the past eleven years. It is a sweet, lovely story with a beautiful Christmas theme.

How fun it is to look forward to hours of fun reading, with great bits in England and Scotland. I finished it this morning. 

Next week, I will begin my other December book, Shepherd's Abiding by Jan Karon.




Do you have a favorite December read?

PS. I lent Winter Solstice to my friend Kate, a few years ago. She hated it. "All they do is drink restoring cups of tea . . . over and over again," was Kate's response when she returned the book. My response, "I know, is it not wonderful." 
 

16 comments:

  1. Oh for a week to read. And nothing else. I can dream of going to one of my solitude places I pinned on pinterest and secluding myself for a week! Never read either but they both sound lovely and Kate's response made me laugh:)
    XO

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  2. I read Winter Solstice several years ago. (Checked it out at the library). I liked it. Just might have to read it again.

    I like all of Jan Karon's Mitford series, but Shepherds Abiding is one of my favorites.

    Blessings,
    Joan

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  3. Hi Glenda
    I just found you over at Ann's comment page.
    Thank you for reminding me of Jan Karon's,
    'Shepard's Abiding". It's been a while since I've read it. When the snow starts to fly I always read, 'The Long Winter' by Laura Ingalls Wilder. I don't know why, it just warms my heart!
    Blessings-Kimberly

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  4. Glenda, I try to read The Other Wise Man by Henry Van Dyke (you can read the whole thing online here: http://www.classicreader.com/book/593/1/) It is about what we should really be doing with our gifts to the Lord. Found it in a grocery store when I was a teenager and have loved it all these years.

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  5. I love Rosamund Pilcher and only discovered her after she'd retired from writing. I believe I have read all of her books. I know I've ready all of Jan Karon's--and have done book talks on them. Also paid a visit to "Mitford" a few years back. I miss "Mitford" and wish she'd go back and catch us up on the goings on there.

    Enjoy your book and a cup of tea.

    Best,
    Bonnie

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  6. I miss traveling so I can go to the duty free stores. Happy Holidays!

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  7. My grandmother and I shared Rosamund Pilcher books. I was so sad after I learned that I had read them all. My favorite was Coming Home.

    My grandmother also loved Jan Karon. I haven't gotten into them yet, but since you put it on the same page as Mrs. Pilcher...

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  8. I love anything by Jan Karon. I could read her books over and over! I bought my first book by her from a mail order company. Didn't know anything about the Mitford series prior to that but was hooked with the first book!

    Merry Christmas to you and your family....from the Fahnestock bunch =)

    Doris

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  9. YES ! I love all of Rosamumde Pilcher's books, and this one is especailly cozy. I love that they drink endless cups of tea, and enjoy life. Thanks for your blog - enjoy reading it and send you best wishes for a Merry Christmas. Have a Christmas book to read...Christmas in Manhatten !

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  10. I love anything that talks about drinking warm tea!

    What about Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" ? I enjoy reading antique books. My great aunt gave her copyright 1924 copy to me on Christmas 1973.

    I am considering passing this book on to my English major son... possibly this Xmas.

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  11. I love Jan Karon...I always say reading her books are like going on a free vacation.

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  12. Glenda,
    I almost never re-read a book (although I love to read!). I am not sure why I don't, though, because the thought of reading the same book every Christmas sounds cozy and nostalgic. Glad you shared!

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  13. oh, i dont have a favorite Christmas read! i need to remedy this. also, i want to go to england someday - i think i would love the culture :)

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  14. Rosamunde Pilcher's books are always satisfying, but Shepherds Abiding is one of my favorites. Love Jan Karon! Hope you enjoy it :)

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  15. Never heard of this book but I will have to check it out. Tea is one of my favorite things! Thanks for the lovely suggestion.

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  16. Just like Alexander McCall Smith -- he says that all that happens in his books is lots of tea-drinking & cake-eating.

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