The Family Christmas Book Collection

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Christmas is coming- we've had a little snow, carols are playing in every store, people are a little kinder to their neighbors. But for me the ultimate knowledge that the season is upon us is marked by one of my siblings carrying up the “Christmas box,” a gigantic appliance box circa 1982. It's slightly dingy, covered in drawings and duct tape, but lovingly filled with the Cornwell Family's Christmas Book Collection. Starting in 1978 before any of us were born my mom bought a Christmas book, wrapped it and placed it under the tree with an inscription "to our family just beginning". Over the years you can imagine with four siblings the collection has grown. All of us eagerly opened a new book each Christmas. 200 hundred books later, just looking at some of the covers reminds me of special holiday moments, like Dad’s dramatic reading of The Night Before Christmas by candlelight, my brother Nathan reading me Sweet Smells of Christmas and letting me scratch and sniff each page, or my sister, Mia and I trying to reenact Morris’s Disappearing Bag. Traditions are at the heart of winter celebrations. I hope you take time during this season on light to remember what makes the holidays bright.

Here are a few of Martha's Favorites from the Cornwell Christmas Box. What are your favorites?

Cranberry Christmas- Harry and Wende Devlin

The Christmas Cat- Efner Tudor Holmes

A Christmas Carol- Charles Dickens

Amazing Peace- Maya Angelou

The Best Christmas Pagent Ever- Barbara Robinson

Letters From Father Christmas- J.R.R. Tolkien

The Sweet Smells of Christmas- Patricia Scarry

-Martha Cornwell

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