Christmas 2014 Employee Picks: General Books


It’s that time of year again, and we’ve asked our department managers to pick a few products from their departments they’re especially excited about so we can highlight them for you here! First up, General Books!

Stocking Stuffers:

Jingle Bells and Frosty the Snowman

Who hasn’t sung along to this favorite carol with a child he or she loves? Now, join the ride as a family sets out in a one-horse sleigh to find their perfect Christmas tree. The illustrations tell a tale alongside the song, and a new second verse adds pages of snowtime fun!

 

 

When Frosty the Snowman was introduced in 1950 in a recording by Gene Autry, it became an instant hit. Since then, its popularity has increased every year, making Frosty one of the most recognized and beloved characters ever created. This updated edition recounts the beloved tale of Frosty — how he was brought to life one magical day and the adventures he had with the children of the town.

 

Novel:

The Mistletoe Promise by Richard Paul Evans

Elise Dutton dreads the arrival of another holiday season. Three years earlier, her husband cheated on her with her best friend, resulting in a bitter divorce that left her alone, broken, and distrustful.

Then, one November day, a stranger approaches Elise in the mall food court. Though she recognizes the man from her building, Elise has never formally met him. Tired of spending the holidays alone, the man offers her a proposition. For the next eight weeks—until the evening of December 24—he suggests that they pretend to be a couple. He draws up a contract with four rules:

1. No deep, probing personal questions
2. No drama
3. No telling anyone the truth about the relationship
4. The contract is void on Christmas Day

The lonely Elise surprises herself by agreeing to the idea. As the charade progresses, the safety of her fake relationship begins to mend her badly broken heart. But just as she begins to find joy again, her long-held secret threatens to unravel the emerging relationship. But she might not be the only one with secrets.

classic:

Christmas Ideals: 70th Anniversary Edition

A family favorite and time-honored Christmas tradition for 70 years.

Loyal readers are drawn to Ideals for its celebration of life’s most treasured moments. This, the 70th anniversary edition of the annual Christmas issue, will be no exception to the legacy of inspiration and comfort for readers. Carefully selected, heartwarming poetry and prose is accompanied by beautiful, full-color photographs and fine art reproductions. Pamela Kennedy shares warm holiday memories; poet Eileen Spinelli taps into the quiet joy of the season; recipes for delicious holiday foods are ready to prepare; and the original Christmas story is told through Bible passages accompanied by fine art. Kennedy also explores the history of a classic Christmas song, which is presented alongside sheet music and the song’s lyrics.

Ideals, a part of Christmastime family traditions for 70 years, brings to mind and brings to life, a Christmas full of warmth, hope, and love.

Picture Book:

I Believe in Santa Claus by Diane Adamson

Finally, a book that says it’s OK to believe in Santa Claus, yet shows how this time honored symbol is meant to remind us of the true meaning of Christmas

From the author: ‘Sometimes I hear people complain that the department stores put up Christmas decorations too early. Or they say that the merchandisers are only thinking of commercial gain when they advertise with lights and decorations. For me, Christmas symbols cannot be displayed too early or too much. The wreaths, the lights, the red bows, the decorated trees, the presents, all remind me of the true meaning of Christmas. I say ‘thank you’ to the people of the world who spend time and money and make lovely displays of gifts and decorations. They are advertising the spirit of Christmas. They are reminding me of Christ.’

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