Christmas Days by Jeanette Winterson

Christmas Days

From the New York Times bestselling author of "Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?" comes an enchanting collection of stories for the holiday season.For years Jeanette Winterson has loved writing a new story at Christmas time and here she brings together twelve of her brilliantly imaginative, funny and bold tales. For the Twelve Days of Christmas—a time of celebration, sharing, and giving—she offers these twelve plus one: a personal story ...


Details Christmas Days

TitleChristmas Days
ISBN9780802125835
Author
Release DateDec 6th, 2016
PublisherGrove Press
LanguageEnglish
GenreShort Stories, Holiday, Christmas, Fiction
Rating

Reviews Christmas Days

  • Amalia Gavea
    2016-12-08
    It's Jeanette Winterson, people. I could read her shopping list and still be a happy reader. In Christmas Days we have her impeccable style and stories about Christmas. What could go wrong? If you just replied ''nothing'', you are correct.Jeanette Winterson offers us 12 stories and 12 recipes for the 12 days of Christmas. The stories are examples of different genres, each one written in a distinctive voice, each one with its own theme. The featur...
  • Diane S ☔
    2016-12-12
    This may well be the only Christmas book I read this season, and of so I am glad I chose this one. I loved every single story, though of course I had a few favorites.The Snowmama, a magical heartwarming story with a wonderful message.The Mistletoe Bride, a gothic tale of well deserved revenge.Christmas Cracker, a wonderful tale that ends with the true meaning of Christmas. The Silver Frog, a loose presentation of a Scrooge type story.The Lion, Th...
  • Cecily
    2017-01-02
    This is a physically beautiful collection of a dozen (for the twelve days of Christmas) new short stories, alternating with a dozen pieces about food (each ending with a recipe), all with a Christmas or winter theme, topped and tailed with an introduction and a Christmas message. I use, but don’t read cookery books, and to my surprise, the musings on food, festivities, and ritual (4*) were far better than most of the stories (2* - 3*), some of ...
  • JanB
    2017-11-26
    This was a Traveling Sister read with Norma, Berit, Dana, Nikki,and Holly. The Traveling Sister review of this book and others can be found on their blog at: https://twogirlslostinacouleereading.... I have mixed feelings about this book. As is often the case with short stories, I enjoyed a few but others weren't to my taste. I wouldn't recommend this book to someone looking for a sweet, heartwarming Christmas collection. A few were actually creep...
  • Emer
    2016-12-17
    This was an impulse buy. I was standing at the counter in my local bookshop ready to pay for my other purchases when I saw this beautiful looking book. I had to pick it up. The cover was just so tactile; a beautiful woven cloth hardback with gorgeous silver pickups. How could I resist???I love all things Christmas. Every year I read countless fluffy Christmassy-themed chick-lits and YA novels... But none of them ever seem to capture that true ess...
  • Diane Barnes
    2016-12-18
    I am not generally a Christmas book reader, or Christmas special watcher, mainly because I find the majority of these are a little too sappy for my tastes. But I saw a couple of nice reviews of this one, I've heard a lot of good things about Winterson's writing, and my library had it on the shelf, so the fates decreed I give it a try.I'm really glad I did, because all of these stories are magnificent. Not a sappy, sweet minute in this collection;...
  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    2017-12-25
    This book has a little bit of everything and was the perfect read for the calm afternoon of Christmas. Jeanette Winterson is completely herself in this book, and I do wonder how it would come across if you were not already familiar with her writing. For me, I am a huge fan, so it worked. Each of the 12 sections include one story and one narrative recipe of some kind. The "story" ranges from memoir to ghost story to love story. The "recipe" ranges...
  • Maria Roxana
    2017-12-15
    ”Suntem oameni, nu mașini. Avem și noi zile proaste. Suntem inspirați, și totuși dăm greș. Nu suntem unidimensionali. Avem inimi ce se frâng și suflete cu care nu știm ce să facem. Ucidem și distrugem, dar și construim și facem lucruri posibile. Am fost pe lună și am inventat computerele. Am delegat majoritatea lucrurilor, dar tot trebuie să trăim cu noi înșine. Suntem niște pesimiști care cred că este prea târziu, așa ...
  • Laysee
    2017-12-08
    Christmas Day: 12 Stories and 12 Feasts for 12 Days is just about the most perfect read for this time of year. To Jeanette Winterson, “Christmas has a special delight - as though the season is cheering you on.” Her enjoyment of Christmas is communicated through 12 recipes, each of which held special memories of times spent with good friends, and 12 exquisite stories that fire the imagination, celebrate the magical in ordinary events, and leav...
  • Ali
    2016-12-20
    Twelve stories and twelve feasts for twelve days, it simply oozes Christmas spirit. The volume opens with ‘Christmas Tide’ an introductory essay by the author, ruminating on what Christmas is and where it, and all those traditions we take for granted come from.The twelve stories which follow are a wonderful mixture, incorporating magic, love, ghosts and Christmas gatherings. There is snow, mistletoe, and mysterious spirits, a Christmas tree i...
  • Kirsty
    2016-12-21
    I decided to purchase Christmas Days for three reasons: firstly, it is festive; secondly, it is beautiful in itself; and thirdly, it was written by one of my favourite contemporary authors. Rather than read it all in one go as I would ordinarily, I chose to approach it in a slightly different way, reading one of the stories each day, perfectly timed so as to lead me up to Christmas Eve. I loved Winterson's introduction, which revolved around how ...
  • Dave
    2016-12-01
    A very unusual Christmas book. Winterson loves Christmas for its reflection, ritual, love and community . The recipes in the book are less about putting on a holiday show and more about how food can help make Christmas (and life) merrier and brighter. The stories are all designed to raise the ghost of an idea, like modern Christmas Carols, most featuring ghosts and/or magical creatures. All throughout, there's a bit of history, some autobiography...
  • Aoife
    2016-12-20
    3.5 StarsFor the most part I enjoyed all of these stories. My favourites were The Snowmama, Christmas in New York, Christmas Cracker and The Lion, the Unicorn and Me. They were just cute with a great hint of Christmas magic. I didn't like Dark Christmas, it was way too haunted for me and actually made me feel a bit spooked and uneasy which is NOT how I wanna feel at Christmas time.I also didn't care about the recipes. This book could have been ju...
  • Camie
    2016-12-30
    I'm always looking for a new Christmas read and this is a book with a beautiful cover. 12 stories and 12 feasts for 12 days says the cover. Her stories are bold, and her recipes um uninspiring. All in all I think I'm used to more traditional tales and fare.
  • Mary
    2017-03-08
    Wonderful seasonal stories and recipes!
  • Tracy
    2016-12-12
    Five stars and a favorite. First of all, if you are going to buy this book, buy the hardback if possible. It is beautifully bound, there are illustrations, and different colored ink on the inside. It's clear that the publisher expects this to become a keepsake. Then the stories- oh the stories! Classic stories with new twists, new stories, and the wonder of Jeanette Winterson's writing. All of these are kid-safe, but discretion should be used- th...
  • Sassafras Lowrey
    2016-12-14
    One of the best books I have ever read - I say that without exaggeration. I think I will start a new tradition of reading this book each December. Who would have thought that one of my favorite authors would also have such deep haunted, reclaimed connection to Christmas. Though our connection to this holiday look different I felt great kinship to this book. Also, it's a gorgeous book to hold and read. I'm sad that I read it so quickly, but I coul...
  • Dolf Patijn
    2016-12-31
    One of the best Christmas books I've ever read. The recipes are not all that great but the stories with the recipes and the other stories are. Really enjoyed it.
  • Beth Bonini
    2016-12-31
    This collection of original short stories, memories, personal rituals, recipes, musings, and informational bits about cultural and religious tradition are mixed up like a rich Christmas pudding. You can gorge yourself on it, or consume just a bit at a time - either way, it makes for the perfect seasonal reading. Both stories and personal reminiscences are relayed in simple, down-to-earth language, but Winterson has the trick of being both humorou...
  • Fefi
    2017-12-18
    Alcuni racconti dedicati a fantasmi non mi sono sembrati molto natalizi, ma altri sono veramente carini e l'ultimo mi ha fatto luccicare gli occhi.Tra una storia e l'altra ci sono ricettine curiose e aneddoti a tema natalizio.La scrittrice è sposata con una donna e alcune storie sono con rapporti m/m e donna con donna, ebbene sono le storie che più mi hanno scaldato il cuore."Come scrittrice so che viviamo male se nelle nostre vite non c'è spa...
  • mathilde maire
    2017-12-24
    I enjoyed the stories but not as much as I thought I would. Winterson's writing is not to blame, it's more due to personal preferences—I think I'm still in a crime fiction mood, oops. Some of the stories felt too ~The True Meaning Of Christmas-esque~ to my taste if that makes sense (didn't care for "The Snowmama" for instance, I was actually cringing 😅) but I did enjoy the ghost/haunted house stories. My favorite story was "The Mistletoe Bri...
  • Jovi Ene
    2017-12-17
    Dacă tot vine Crăciunul, e bine să îl asezonezi cu ceva povești de Crăciun și rețete miraculoase.Cartea lui Jeanette Winterson împletește aceste două caracteristici ale sărbătorilor de iarnă: pe de o parte, câteva povești care conțin spiritul Crăciunului, fie că ele sunt oarecum, doar oarecum, clasice (personaje precum Spiritul Crăciunului sau măgarul care i-a purtat pe Iosif și Maria spre Betleem), fie că sunt moderne și ...
  • Julie
    2018-01-19
    I knew from the very beginning that this book was going to delight me. I love Janet's writing. She is incisive and elegant, and goes deep into the heart of the matter. Regarding Christmas, she writes: "I know Christmas has become a cynical retail hijack but it is up to us all, individually and collectively, to object to that. Christmas is celebrated across the world by people of all religions and none, It is a joining together, a putting aside of...
  • Jess
    2017-12-20
    This isn't Winterson at my Very Favorite Winterson, but it was still a really lovely collection, and it was nice to read something Christmassy that's a bit different from the usual holiday fare. Some of the stories I enjoyed quite a lot, while some of them weren't really my thing, as is usually the case with short stories. And though the recipes weren't anything I'm particularly interested in, the anecdotes and musings that came with them were re...
  • Saturday's Child
    2017-02-23
    Christmas, bar humbug I’m not a big fan of it and I only like the fact that there are some public holidays involved in it. My only disappointment with this wonderful book is that I did not get to read it in December around Christmas time.
  • Patti's Book Nook
    2016-12-20
    Gorgeous cover aside, the stories contained in this collection are wonderful and varied. I read this over a busy two week period and am having trouble remembering specifics...but this is unsurprising since I can't remember one task from the next these days, carrying a notepad with me at all times to ward against this continual forgetfulness. My favorite story was easily The SnowMama. The mix of childhood nostalgia, tradition, and comfort of know...
  • Jaclyn Hogan
    2016-12-23
    This was exactly what I needed. Christmas is different when you're 31. It's not as easy as it is when you're 7. Probably most of this comes with getting older. You see the hard work that goes into Christmas when you're an adult. You don't write letters to Santa, or leave out cookies. Your parents are older, and more tired. I think it's just harder to be excited when your older. There aren't as many new things, so you don't have new reactions. So,...
  • Buddy Bell
    2016-12-20
    I'm so glad to have read this book now. It's such a charming read with 12 different stories, most of which I loved, and was full of personal anecdotes and musings on Christmas and what it means to her (Jeanette). Each story is also accompanied by a recipe that means or has meant something special to her at this time of year. Such a great book in the lead up to Christmas!
  • Caroline
    2017-12-09
    Efter att ha navigerat mellan olika fluffiga julboksomslag med hundar, minigrisar och mistlar hittade jag till sist det optimala julmyset. Här finns spökhistorier, romantiska komedier och sagor, innanför julnattsblå pärmar.
  • Nadine Buchblog ♥
    2017-12-11
    Mrs Wintersons Weihnachtsgeschichten sind Magie für die Seele. Nicht nur schön zu lesen, sondern auch zum Vorlesen. Oder einfach um die Zeit zwischen Mittagsmahl und Abendlichem Festschmaus zu überbrücken.***Zwölf Weihnachtsgeschichten, von ganz einfachen Geschichten über Freundschaften bis hin zu magischen Weihnachnachtserzählungen. Zwölf Geschichten für die Zeit zwischen Weihnachten und Dreikönige, genannt Rauhnächte. Ich habe mir da...