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Published November 20th 2012
Not your usual stocking stuffer
Christmas. While I've already looked at music, films and pop culture, another part of Christmas is the written word.

Stretching back to the Bible and the first Christmas story, to classic poems (like Moore's 'A Visit From St Nicholas'), classic books (Dickens' A Christmas Carol springs to mind) and the like, there is a never-ending supply of Christmas books to delight readers of all ages.

But there are some Christmas books which don't get the same sort of love, and that is a shame because these five books are good books, all with Christmas as a central theme.

1. Ho Ho Horror editted by Steve Rossiter

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Starting with an Australian book, a collection of short stories, and the unifying theme is horror. From fantasy to out-right horror, this is a wonderful and eclectic collection of tales. There is very little Australian horror out there, and so books like this should be encouraged.

Available here.

2. Christmas Wombat by Jackie French

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Another Australian book. The continued story of the wombats (starting with Diary Of A Wombat), this one comes into Christmas time and is a charming book that I hope will become a Christmas classic in years to come. Superb and already a favourite of my children.

Available here.

3. Letters From Father Christmas by J.R.R. Tolkein

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Yes, that Tolkein, of Lord Of The Rings fame. This book collects a series of letters Tolkein wrote to his own children, telling of life in the North Pole. I first read this in primary school and was captivated by the stories inside. A forgotten gem.

Available here.

4. Hercule Poirot's Christmas by Agatha Christie

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Something of a forgotten work (again) by Christie, this is a great murder mystery with loads of characters, red herrings, and a particularly (for Christie) bloody and violent crime. One of the better Poirot mysteries, and yet one that seems to be overlooked these days. Due for another look.

Available here.

5. Upon A Midnight Clear by Ian Thomas Healey

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Really no more than a short story, but a great Christmas tale set in the science fiction genre. The child, the three wise men, it's all there in the asteroid belt.

Available here... for free!

So instead of going to the normal Christmas books, why not give one of these a try. You won't be disappointed.
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I love lists like this! I think I'll pick up the Tolkein one.
by Jennifer Muirhead (score: 2|993) 1937 days ago
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