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One of my favorite ways to stay focused on the true meaning of Christmas is by reading great Christmas books. I know you’re shocked that a book would make my holiday special. The only thing better than a book for me is a book club for the whole family!
If you’re looking for a book to help your family feel the real spirit of Christmas Jars and Christmas Jars Reunion by Jason F. Wright are great books to during this wondrous season. Head over to Arizona Mama to read about our Christmas Jars book club celebration! The best part of this series is it leads to its own traditions.
What are your favorite Christmas books to read with your family?
We loved Christmas Jars so much last year; we were excited to read the sequel Christmas Jars Reunion for our last family book club. We started it just before Christmas and I wasn’t surprised that we didn’t finish it by New Year’s Day. It was a little strange reading a Christmas book in February.
Overall the story was good, but not as strong as the original. Nevertheless, we enjoyed the excuse to discuss the book, eat food and enjoy a couple of brief activities. I’d give it 3 1/2 slices.
Because so much of the story happened at Chuck’s Chicken, we held our meeting during a dinner of oven fried chicken and tator tots. While we ate we discussed the book – its strengths and weaknesses and the overall message.
At one point in the book, Al and his young friend Queen play a game of 20 questions. We went around the table and each of us directed similar questions to others around the table. I was hoping for some thoughtful answers, but we stayed pretty silly. At one point, my son said “Darn! I have a good question for myself!”
Finally, I asked everyone to think about the dream vacation Maryann was able to enjoy. Then I asked where each person’s dream trip would take them. There were a few vague answers like – everywhere. My animal lover wanted a world tour of all the zoos of the world.
Now we’re moving on to The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner. What are you reading right now (besides my blog)?