It's my pleasure to have Alexa on the blog today, discussing some dreamy places to spend Christmas from some of my favorite books. I adore Alexa, and am SO excited about this wonderfully creative post she dreamed up! I agree with all of her choices, and am off to Amazon to buy the ones I have not read about yet!
Christmas is one of my favorite times of the year! It is absolutely delightful to me when December 1 hits (since that is when I personally start my Christmas countdown). I love seeing all the sparkly, colorful decorations and the twinkly lights go up, shopping for the perfect presents for my loved ones, munching on Christmas goodies, listening (and singing along!) to Christmas tunes, and attending various holiday celebrations. It’s always a joyous, lovely time of year, and I enjoy it as much as I can!
I’ve been thinking lately how lucky I am to have experienced the holiday seasons in both the Philippines, and in New York (and also Ohio and Virginia and California, but I was much younger then…). It really does make a difference where you choose to celebrate, as each place has a different atmosphere.
You might be wondering where I’m going with this. Well, in thinking about where I’ve celebrated the holidays, I got to thinking about the book settings where I think it might be fun or interesting to celebrate the holiday season. I had a hard time narrowing down my choices, but I’ve finally come up with my top five!
1. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
It would be fun to celebrate Christmas in a castle, don’t you think? I can just imagine the grand balls and dances that would occur, as well as all the food that would be served. Everyone would be dressed up, and the decorations would be spectacular. I would probably be divvying up the sweets with Celaena, and hoping that Chaol would give me a present!
2. My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick
If I got invited to celebrate the holiday season with the Garretts, I would not hesitate to say yes! I can only imagine how much fun (and chaos) would ensue as we engaged in all the typical Christmas traditions. Plus, if I happened to catch Jase under the mistletoe, I would consider that a fine present indeed (but don’t tell the husband-to-be that!).
3. Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
I would love to celebrate Christmas in this particular world for two things: the sure to be amazing Christmas music (care of Seraphina and her master!) that I would be able to hear and the fact that I would get the best Christmas present ever if I got to see a dragon. It would also be very, very amusing if I got to hang out with Seraphina and Kiggs.
4. Cinder by Marissa Meyer
I honestly don’t take credit for this particular choice, since Jana actually gave me the idea for this post by mentioning this book in her email. But I think it would be interesting to celebrate in New Beijing – especially if I got invited to a ball thrown by Prince Kai. Plus, having Cinder + Iko as friends would result in some very interesting presents from both of them!
5. Decked with Holly by Marni Bates
Spending Christmas on a cruise sounds like so much fun, especially seeing as I’ve never experienced one for myself. I think it would be interesting to go on a trip with my loved ones, and relax in the nice, warm weather. And if there happened to be a rock star or two (or in my case, a boy band member) on board who wanted to date me? Well, that’s a bonus.
Discussion: There are so many more books I’d love to include, but now it’s YOUR turn. If you could celebrate Christmas in any book setting, where would it be and why?