The holidays. We become absorbed each year in their meaning, tradition and observation. We cook special dishes, sing special songs and recall special memories. Here are books that will help you celebrate the joy of the season.

“Our Family Christmas: A Memory-Making Devotional,” by Karon Phillips Goodman (hardcover, Barbour Publishing, 2010, 96 pages, $9.99). This devotional features “28 aspects of the Nativity,” its publisher promises. This is a message that lasts. “Its unique blend of meditations, activity ideas, carol lyrics, and prayers will refresh your Christmas experience year after year,” says the publisher.

“Call Me Mrs. Miracle,” by Debbie Macomber (hardcover, MIRA Books, 2010, 253 pages, $16.95). Best-selling author Debbie Macomber brings another gift of a holiday tale that “defines Christmas and everything it means.” Mrs. Miracle is Macomber’s main character, and, according to the publisher, “she likes nothing better than helping others.”

“Everything Christmas: Celebrating the Joy of the Advent Season with the Best of Christmas, Past & Present,” compiled by David Bordon and Tom Winters (hardcover, Water-Brook Press, 2010, 320 pages, $14.99). In this book, the publisher says, you will find “everything you need to make the holiday bright.” Recipes. Carols. Holiday poems. Christmas stories. “Opening ‘Everything Christmas’ is like opening a box full of Christmas cheer.”

“On Christmas Eve,” by Thomas Kinkade and Katherine Spencer (hardcover, Berkley Books, 2010, 295 pages, $25.95). “Christmas presents are nice when they’re new,” suggests the publisher. “Yet some of the best gifts are those that were once lost — and now are rediscovered …” In the artist-author’s setting, Cape Light “gets wrapped up in the warmth of the Christmas Spirit.”

“The Christmas Chronicles,” as told to Jeff Guinn (softcover, Tarcher/Penguin, 2010, 737 pages; $14.95). Guinn’s “Christmas Chronicles” blends historical fact, legend, adventure and “plain old Christmas fun,” says the book’s publisher. This collection is three books in one: “The Autobiography of Santa Claus,” “How Mrs. Claus Saved Christmas,” and “The Great Santa Search.”

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Gary Brown

Gary Brown has written articles and columns for About periodically since the publication’s inception, including pieces on books, recreational sports and historical subjects. A columnist and staff writer for The Repository, Brown enjoys such outdoor pursuits as golfing, sailing, skiing, biking and hiking. An avid student of the arts, he also uses those activities to inspire watercolor paintings.

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