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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Book Review - An Alabama Christmas

Did you know that Alabama was the first state in the country to recognize Christmas as a legal holiday?  It happened in 1836, and the holiday has been a big event in the state ever since.

Stories about the traditions and culture of Christmas can be found in the charming book, "An Alabama Christmas."

About The Book:

Christmastime is unlike any other time of the year. People are filled with an extra measure of good will for their fellow man. Their actions are more animated than usual as they prepare for the big day. There's a different feeling in the air that makes even routine events take on a great significance.

"An Alabama Christmas" offers you a glimpse into the hearts of Alabamaians as they gather to observe and treasure this special holiday. Here you'll experience a cross-section of this state's unique and poignant celebrations and memories. Through each account, you'll feel the simple joy of the season that will strike a chord in your heart no matter where you live.

Whether you hope to relive your own unforgettable Alabama Christmas, or just want to get in on the festivities, "An Alabama Christmas" will be a heartwarming read you'll enjoy all year long.

My Thoughts:

Even though I was born and raised in Texas, I consider myself an honorary Alabamaian - my husband's family are from Alabama and through frequent visits over the years, I have fallen in love with the beautiful state.  When we were there this past summer, I happened to find a little treasure of a book, "An Alabama Christmas," and knew I had to have it.  I have kept this slender volume safe until the holiday season, anxiously awaiting the enjoyment I knew I would find in the pages - and I wasn't disappointed at all.

Selections from famed Alabama authors Truman Capote, Helen Keller and Mary Ward Brown can be found among essays from other lesser-known but equally as talented writers. And stories from all over the state, from Perry County to Talladaga to Hoover, all tell about the celebration of Christmas in the Deep South.

I particularly enjoyed the story from Nell Brasher about the charming older couple and their shopping adventures and the tale from Kyle Strickland relating his experiences working at Riverchase Mall (one of the largest in the South) during the holiday season.

All of the stories found in "An Alabama Christmas" reflect the charm and tradition of Alabama, and bring back fond memories of time spent there.  If you are from the South, you'll love and relate to these stories, and if you're not privileged to have visited the beautiful state, then this book will give a glimpse and a taste of what you've been missing.

This book is a little hard to find, but well worth the search. Check out the ones available at Amazon.com here - http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/1581736452

I purchased this book for my personal library. I was not compensated for my opinion.

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Beth Hoffman said...

Thank you so much for introducing me to this book. Capote's "A Christmas Memory" is my all-time favorite, and I'm curious to see what other Christmas gems are featured in this little book. I simply must have it!

Sharon Galligar Chance said...

Glad you stopped by, Beth! I hope you like the book as much as I did!