The holidays are here

Get in the Christmas spirit with the help of these books. Learn how to trim the tree, and decorate for the holidays, or get some laughs about overzealous carolers.

Get in the Christmas spirit with the help of these books. Learn how to trim the tree, and decorate for the holidays, or get some laughs about overzealous carolers.

books_11. “Spending the Holidays with People I Want to Punch in the Throat”

by Jen Mann (paperback, Ballantine Books, 2015, 224 pages, $16)

In this hilariously irreverent collection of essays, Jen Mann turns her mordant wit on the holidays.

On Mann’s naughty list: mothers who go way overboard with their Elf on the Shelf, overzealous carolers who can’t take a hint and people who write their Christmas cards in the third person. And on her nice list … well, she’s working on that one.
 
books_22. “The Story of Santa Claus”

by Joseph McCullough (hardcover, Osprey Publishing, 2014, 80 pages, $14.95)

Fully illustrated with original color drawings, “The Story of Santa Claus” celebrates the story of his beginnings as a holy man in ancient Rome, through his development in the Middle Ages, to his current likeness on advertisements, greeting cards, apparel and decorations—right down to real-life, mall-based family photo opportunities.

It is a winding, magical tale filled with mystery and goodwill toward all men.
 
books_33. “Does Santa Exist?: A Philosophical Investigation”

by Eric Kaplan (paperback, Plume, 2015, 288 pages, $16)

A humorous, philosophical investigation into the existence of Santa—from a co–executive producer of “The Big Bang Theory.”
 

books_44. “Christmas with Southern Living 2015: The Ultimate Guide to Holiday Cooking & Decorating”

(hardcover, Oxmoor House, 2015, 192 pages, $29.95)

With more than 200 all-new, full-color photographs to inspire you, as well as holiday decorations for inside and outside, including tabletops, wreaths, trees, centerpieces and mantels, “Christmas with Southern Living 2015” has everything you need to make your holiday memorable and spectacular.
 
books_55. “The New Christmas Tree: 24 Dazzling Trees and Over 100 Handcrafted Projects for an Inspired Holiday”

by Carrie Brown (hardcover, Artisan, 2015, 296 pages, $29.95)

This Christmas, consider everyday objects from a new point of view, embrace a fresh color palette or give your children’s handmade ornaments or special family heirlooms a new life.

The inspiration is endless here, with one-of-a-kind trees that celebrate food, nature, fashion, folk art, typography, color and art history.
 
books_66. “C Is for Christmas: The History, Personalities, and Meaning of Christ’s Birth”

by David & Warren Wiersbe (paperback, Baker Books, 2012, 205 pages, $12.99)

Beloved author and son provide an accessible A-to-Z resource for learning about the historical and biblical foundations of the first Christmas.