Reminders of Christmas | On the bookshelf

We fall under the spell of Christmas every year. It is cast upon us as Christians everywhere pause to remember the birth of Christ. And as we do, we are prompted to remember stories of kindness that people of all creeds can embrace. Such is the spirit of the season.

We fall under the spell of Christmas every year. It is cast upon us as Christians everywhere pause to remember the birth of Christ. And as we do, we are prompted to remember stories of kindness that people of all creeds can embrace. Such is the spirit of the season.

“Christmas around the World: A Pop-Up Book,” by Chuck Fischer (hardcover; Little, Brown and Co.; 2008, 14 pages, $30). Fourteen pages of pop-ups portray Christmas throughout the world. Such scenes as a snowy German village and an intimate French street lined with holiday lights bring Christmas to life, while pull-out cards offer explanations of the many ways the holiday is celebrated.

“Christmas Chronicles,” as told to Jeff Guinn (hardcover, Tarcher/Penguin, 2008, 735 pages, $19.95). A blend of historical fact, legend and adventure has enchanted for years the readers of Jeff Guinn’s Christmas novels. Now readers can enjoy all three in one volume: “The Autobiography of Santa Claus,” “How Mrs. Claus Saved Christmas,” and “The Great Santa Search.” Call it a Christmas classic.

“Stories Behind the Best-Loved Songs of Christmas,” by Ace Collins (hardcover, Zondervan, 2001, 192 pages, $15.99). “You’ve sung them since your were a child,” says the book’s jacket. “Now learn how your favorite Christmas songs came into being.” The origins and meanings of more than 30 songs and carols are explained in the small volume.

“Scared of Santa: Scenes of Terror in Toyland,” by Denise Joyce and Nancy Watkins (softcover, HarperCollins, 2008, 274 pages, $9.95). “Nothing says Christmas quite like innocent children shrieking with terror as a stranger dressed in red drags them kicking and screaming onto his lap. More than 250 photos of wailing and whimpering children are accompanied by identifications and humorous captions.

“O Little Town,” by Don Reid (hardcover, David Cook, 2008, 300 pages, $16.95). The author, a member of country music’s Statler Brothers, has created a book that is “truly captivating,” according to entertainer Barbara Mandrell. “Spanning three generations, ‘O Little Town’ is a tender tale of love and redemption,” the book’s publicity material explains, “… the redemption only a Savior can bring.”

“Christmas Through A Child’s Eyes: True Stories That Capture the Wonder of the Season,” edited by Helen Szymanski (softcover), Adams Media, 2008, 276 pages, $9.95). “In this heartwarming collection, more than 50 contributors evoke the special feelings of the season,” notes the publisher. Decorating fresh-baked cookies for Santa. Finding the “perfect” tree. Making gifts for loved ones.

Where to buy

The Repository
Select Rite Aid Stores
Spee-D Foods
Buehler's Fresh Foods
Fishers Foods, including 44th Street NW, Tuscarawas St. W, Fulton Drive, Lincoln Way E. and Cleveland Ave. NW locations
Aultman Hospital Gift Shop
Mercy Medical Center Gift Shop
Gervasi Vineyard Marketplace
Carpe Diem Coffee Shop, downtown Canton and Belden Village Mall locations
News Depot
Avenue Arts Marketplace
Yum Yum Tree Alliance
Grapes in a Glass