When we put together our Reading Mutiny for December, we started talking about not just winter-themed books, but also our favorite holiday and winter scenes. And what better way to keep celebrating this festive season than by sharing a few of our crew's picks with you? Chime in with your own favorite scenes in the comments!
"The Harry Potter books do Christmas right. There are so many scenes to love, from Harry receiving his very own Weasley sweater — and his father's invisibility cloak — in book one to the drama at the Yule Ball in book four, and beyond. Plus, who doesn't want to eat a magical Christmas feast at a decorated-to-the-gills Hogwarts?"
—Bonny Kitty Cutlass
"I loved the description of the snowy, icy world in SNOW LIKE ASHES by Sara Raasch. (I don't want to give away spoilers, so I'm going to be a little vague. If you've read the book, you'll know which scene(s) I'm talking about.) It's truly one of the best, most delicious wintery scenes I've read. Winter is often used to describe a hard place or a challenge, but in SNOW LIKE ASHES, we see it through the main character's eyes, and it's beautiful. Spectacular, even. It was such a surprise, and the scene stands out to me as being one of the best wintery scenes I've read."
—Dread Pirate B
"One scene in particular that always reminds me of the Holidays is the Lamp Post scene from THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE by C.S. Lewis. The idea that you could go from a tangle of coats in a wardrobe to a wintery forest was the most magical thing my childhood mind could conceive. It was at the lamppost that Lucy first meets Mr. Tumnus and the adventure really begins. We used to reread it every year around Christmastime and so it will forever be associated in my mind with sugarplums and the sound of sleigh bells. (Whether from a jolly old elf or a wicked queen of ice.) ;)"
—Jas Ketch, Siren of the Seychelles
"My favorite holiday scenes are from the Betsy-Tacy series by Maud Hart Lovelace. This series of books follows Betsy and her friends from age five to her early twenties when she marries. The books take place during the late 1800s/early 1900s in Deep Valley, Minnesota, which is based on the real city of Mankato, Minnesota, where Maud Hart Lovelace grew up (and where I went to graduate school — I lived just a few blocks from the real Betsy-Tacy houses).
The Betsy-Tacy books are my favorites from childhood — partly because they take place in Minnesota and partly because Betsy loved to write, even as a small child. And I adore that time period — the books evoke a simpler, less complicated way of life.
The Christmas scenes in particular are filled with a sense of magic and wonder. Through the years, Betsy and her friends choose ornaments from a local shop, spend time with friends sledding and skating and drinking hot cocoa, and go to party after party during their break from school, dancing and singing and flirting with the boys.
This image is from my favorite of the books, HEAVEN TO BETSY, when Betsy receives her first kiss under the mistletoe."
—Lady Byrd Bonebreaker
What are your favorite holiday and winter book moments? Are there any books you return to year after year during the holiday season? We want to hear from you!