Christmas Days Stories and Feasts for Days From the New York Times bestselling author of Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal comes an enchanting collection of stories for the holiday season For years Jeanette Winterson has loved writing a ne

  • Title: Christmas Days: 12 Stories and 12 Feasts for 12 Days
  • Author: Jeanette Winterson
  • ISBN: 9780802125835
  • Page: 440
  • Format: Hardcover
  • From the New York Times bestselling author of Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal comes an enchanting collection of stories for the holiday season.For years Jeanette Winterson has loved writing a new story at Christmas time and here she brings together twelve of her brilliantly imaginative, funny and bold tales For the Twelve Days of Christmas a time of celebration,From the New York Times bestselling author of Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal comes an enchanting collection of stories for the holiday season.For years Jeanette Winterson has loved writing a new story at Christmas time and here she brings together twelve of her brilliantly imaginative, funny and bold tales For the Twelve Days of Christmas a time of celebration, sharing, and giving she offers these twelve plus one a personal story of her own Christmas memories These tales give the reader a portal into the spirit of the season, where time slows down and magic starts to happen From trees with mysterious powers to a tinsel baby that talks, philosophical fairies to flying dogs, a haunted house and a disappearing train, Winterson s innovative stories encompass the childlike and spooky wonder of Christmas Perfect for reading by the fire with loved ones, or while traveling home for the holidays Enjoy the season of peace and goodwill, mystery, and a little bit of magic courtesy of one of our most fearless and accomplished writers.

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    1. It's Jeanette Winterson, people. I could read her shopping list and still be a happy reader. In Christmas Days we have her impeccable style and stories about Christmas. What could go wrong? If you just replied ''nothing'', you are correct.Jeanette Winterson offers us 12 stories and 12 recipes for the 12 days of Christmas. The stories are examples of different genres, each one written in a distinctive voice, each one with its own theme. The feature that makes this collection special are the recip [...]

    2. This may well be the only Christmas book I read this season, and of so I am glad I chose this one. I loved every single story, though of course I had a few favorites.The Snowmama, a magical heartwarming story with a wonderful message.The Mistletoe Bride, a gothic tale of well deserved revenge.Christmas Cracker, a wonderful tale that ends with the true meaning of Christmas. The Silver Frog, a loose presentation of a Scrooge type story.The Lion, The Unicorn and me, a humorous telling of the birth [...]

    3. This is a physically beautiful collection of a dozen (for the twelve days of Christmas) new short stories, alternating with a dozen pieces about food (each ending with a recipe), all with a Christmas or winter theme, topped and tailed with an introduction and a Christmas message. I use, but don’t read cookery books, and to my surprise, the musings on food, festivities, and ritual (4*) were far better than most of the stories (2* - 3*), some of which felt more suited to Halloween. Many of the s [...]

    4. This was a Traveling Sister read with Norma, Berit, Dana, Nikki,and Holly. The Traveling Sister review of this book and others can be found on their blog at: twogirlslostinacouleereading. I have mixed feelings about this book. As is often the case with short stories, I enjoyed a few but others weren't to my taste. I wouldn't recommend this book to someone looking for a sweet, heartwarming Christmas collection. A few were actually creepy/scary and seemed to be more fitting for Halloween than Chri [...]

    5. This was an impulse buy. I was standing at the counter in my local bookshop ready to pay for my other purchases when I saw this beautiful looking book. I had to pick it up. The cover was just so tactile; a beautiful woven cloth hardback with gorgeous silver pickups. How could I resist???I love all things Christmas. Every year I read countless fluffy Christmassy-themed chick-lits and YA novels But none of them ever seem to capture that true essence of Christmas. This book, however, did! The mix o [...]

    6. I am not generally a Christmas book reader, or Christmas special watcher, mainly because I find the majority of these are a little too sappy for my tastes. But I saw a couple of nice reviews of this one, I've heard a lot of good things about Winterson's writing, and my library had it on the shelf, so the fates decreed I give it a try.I'm really glad I did, because all of these stories are magnificent. Not a sappy, sweet minute in this collection; all of these tales are one-of-a-kind, original, a [...]

    7. This book has a little bit of everything and was the perfect read for the calm afternoon of Christmas. Jeanette Winterson is completely herself in this book, and I do wonder how it would come across if you were not already familiar with her writing. For me, I am a huge fan, so it worked. Each of the 12 sections include one story and one narrative recipe of some kind. The "story" ranges from memoir to ghost story to love story. The "recipe" ranges from a method loosely described to a specific rec [...]

    8. ”Suntem oameni, nu mașini. Avem și noi zile proaste. Suntem inspirați, și totuși dăm greș. Nu suntem unidimensionali. Avem inimi ce se frâng și suflete cu care nu știm ce să facem. Ucidem și distrugem, dar și construim și facem lucruri posibile. Am fost pe lună și am inventat computerele. Am delegat majoritatea lucrurilor, dar tot trebuie să trăim cu noi înșine. Suntem niște pesimiști care cred că este prea târziu, așa că ce mai contează? Suntem puștii care-au reven [...]

    9. Christmas Day: 12 Stories and 12 Feasts for 12 Days is just about the most perfect read for this time of year. To Jeanette Winterson, “Christmas has a special delight - as though the season is cheering you on.” Her enjoyment of Christmas is communicated through 12 recipes, each of which held special memories of times spent with good friends, and 12 exquisite stories that fire the imagination, celebrate the magical in ordinary events, and leave the heart snugly warm. In it too are her thought [...]

    10. Twelve stories and twelve feasts for twelve days, it simply oozes Christmas spirit. The volume opens with ‘Christmas Tide’ an introductory essay by the author, ruminating on what Christmas is and where it, and all those traditions we take for granted come from.The twelve stories which follow are a wonderful mixture, incorporating magic, love, ghosts and Christmas gatherings. There is snow, mistletoe, and mysterious spirits, a Christmas tree in a New York apartment, a haunted house a small si [...]

    11. A very unusual Christmas book. Winterson loves Christmas for its reflection, ritual, love and community . The recipes in the book are less about putting on a holiday show and more about how food can help make Christmas (and life) merrier and brighter. The stories are all designed to raise the ghost of an idea, like modern Christmas Carols, most featuring ghosts and/or magical creatures. All throughout, there's a bit of history, some autobiography, and this wish: "ght a candle for the future; tha [...]

    12. 3.5 StarsFor the most part I enjoyed all of these stories. My favourites were The Snowmama, Christmas in New York, Christmas Cracker and The Lion, the Unicorn and Me. They were just cute with a great hint of Christmas magic. I didn't like Dark Christmas, it was way too haunted for me and actually made me feel a bit spooked and uneasy which is NOT how I wanna feel at Christmas time.I also didn't care about the recipes. This book could have been just the short stories and not had the recipes for a [...]

    13. I'm always looking for a new Christmas read and this is a book with a beautiful cover. 12 stories and 12 feasts for 12 days says the cover. Her stories are bold, and her recipes um uninspiring. All in all I think I'm used to more traditional tales and fare.

    14. I decided to purchase Christmas Days for three reasons: firstly, it is festive; secondly, it is beautiful in itself; and thirdly, it was written by one of my favourite contemporary authors. Rather than read it all in one go as I would ordinarily, I chose to approach it in a slightly different way, reading one of the stories each day, perfectly timed so as to lead me up to Christmas Eve. I loved Winterson's introduction, which revolved around how Christmas as we know it came about, and how we ado [...]

    15. Five stars and a favorite. First of all, if you are going to buy this book, buy the hardback if possible. It is beautifully bound, there are illustrations, and different colored ink on the inside. It's clear that the publisher expects this to become a keepsake. Then the stories- oh the stories! Classic stories with new twists, new stories, and the wonder of Jeanette Winterson's writing. All of these are kid-safe, but discretion should be used- there are some ghost stories that could get scary fo [...]

    16. One of the best books I have ever read - I say that without exaggeration. I think I will start a new tradition of reading this book each December. Who would have thought that one of my favorite authors would also have such deep haunted, reclaimed connection to Christmas. Though our connection to this holiday look different I felt great kinship to this book. Also, it's a gorgeous book to hold and read. I'm sad that I read it so quickly, but I couldn't help myself

    17. One of the best Christmas books I've ever read. The recipes are not all that great but the stories with the recipes and the other stories are. Really enjoyed it.

    18. This collection of original short stories, memories, personal rituals, recipes, musings, and informational bits about cultural and religious tradition are mixed up like a rich Christmas pudding. You can gorge yourself on it, or consume just a bit at a time - either way, it makes for the perfect seasonal reading. Both stories and personal reminiscences are relayed in simple, down-to-earth language, but Winterson has the trick of being both humorous and unexpectedly profound. An admitted Christmas [...]

    19. Alcuni racconti dedicati a fantasmi non mi sono sembrati molto natalizi, ma altri sono veramente carini e l'ultimo mi ha fatto luccicare gli occhi.Tra una storia e l'altra ci sono ricettine curiose e aneddoti a tema natalizio.La scrittrice è sposata con una donna e alcune storie sono con rapporti m/m e donna con donna, ebbene sono le storie che più mi hanno scaldato il cuore."Come scrittrice so che viviamo male se nelle nostre vite non c'è spazio per l'immaginazione e la riflessione. Le feste [...]

    20. I enjoyed the stories but not as much as I thought I would. Winterson's writing is not to blame, it's more due to personal preferences—I think I'm still in a crime fiction mood, oops. Some of the stories felt too ~The True Meaning Of Christmas-esque~ to my taste if that makes sense (didn't care for "The Snowmama" for instance, I was actually cringing 😅) but I did enjoy the ghost/haunted house stories. My favorite story was "The Mistletoe Bride" though as it had some Bluebeard-like elements [...]

    21. Dacă tot vine Crăciunul, e bine să îl asezonezi cu ceva povești de Crăciun și rețete miraculoase.Cartea lui Jeanette Winterson împletește aceste două caracteristici ale sărbătorilor de iarnă: pe de o parte, câteva povești care conțin spiritul Crăciunului, fie că ele sunt oarecum, doar oarecum, clasice (personaje precum Spiritul Crăciunului sau măgarul care i-a purtat pe Iosif și Maria spre Betleem), fie că sunt moderne și înfricoșătoare (cel puțin trei povestiri sunt [...]

    22. I knew from the very beginning that this book was going to delight me. I love Janet's writing. She is incisive and elegant, and goes deep into the heart of the matter. Regarding Christmas, she writes: "I know Christmas has become a cynical retail hijack but it is up to us all, individually and collectively, to object to that. Christmas is celebrated across the world by people of all religions and none, It is a joining together, a putting aside of differences" (p. 9). I loved the stories, the his [...]

    23. This isn't Winterson at my Very Favorite Winterson, but it was still a really lovely collection, and it was nice to read something Christmassy that's a bit different from the usual holiday fare. Some of the stories I enjoyed quite a lot, while some of them weren't really my thing, as is usually the case with short stories. And though the recipes weren't anything I'm particularly interested in, the anecdotes and musings that came with them were really charming and interesting. Also, it must be no [...]

    24. Christmas, bar humbug I’m not a big fan of it and I only like the fact that there are some public holidays involved in it. My only disappointment with this wonderful book is that I did not get to read it in December around Christmas time.

    25. Gorgeous cover aside, the stories contained in this collection are wonderful and varied. I read this over a busy two week period and am having trouble remembering specificsbut this is unsurprising since I can't remember one task from the next these days, carrying a notepad with me at all times to ward against this continual forgetfulness.My favorite story was easily The SnowMama. The mix of childhood nostalgia, tradition, and comfort of knowing our favorite things never truly disappear was exact [...]

    26. This was exactly what I needed. Christmas is different when you're 31. It's not as easy as it is when you're 7. Probably most of this comes with getting older. You see the hard work that goes into Christmas when you're an adult. You don't write letters to Santa, or leave out cookies. Your parents are older, and more tired. I think it's just harder to be excited when your older. There aren't as many new things, so you don't have new reactions. So, Christmas takes effort now. But I think it's wort [...]

    27. I'm so glad to have read this book now. It's such a charming read with 12 different stories, most of which I loved, and was full of personal anecdotes and musings on Christmas and what it means to her (Jeanette). Each story is also accompanied by a recipe that means or has meant something special to her at this time of year. Such a great book in the lead up to Christmas!

    28. Efter att ha navigerat mellan olika fluffiga julboksomslag med hundar, minigrisar och mistlar hittade jag till sist det optimala julmyset. Här finns spökhistorier, romantiska komedier och sagor, innanför julnattsblå pärmar.

    29. Mrs Wintersons Weihnachtsgeschichten sind Magie für die Seele. Nicht nur schön zu lesen, sondern auch zum Vorlesen. Oder einfach um die Zeit zwischen Mittagsmahl und Abendlichem Festschmaus zu überbrücken.***Zwölf Weihnachtsgeschichten, von ganz einfachen Geschichten über Freundschaften bis hin zu magischen Weihnachnachtserzählungen. Zwölf Geschichten für die Zeit zwischen Weihnachten und Dreikönige, genannt Rauhnächte. Ich habe mir das Buch als Weihnachtslektüre vorgenommen. Allerdi [...]

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