Christmas themed books, pictures and blog entries:
It’s Christmas Eve, and this is the 700th entry on the Clothes in Books blog, so we've taken the obvious theme of seasonal books.
We started with an Advent procession early in December, and now there are Christmas entries all over the blog last week and this week: Carolling as a (possible) cover for murder came up, and Holden Caulfield’s pre-Christmas skating date in New York. Years ago the thought of a special seasonal outdoors ice-rink seemed very exotic and American, but now we have them all over the UK so it's not so special. (Not that they rent out little flippy skater skirts in British rinks, everyone wears jeans.) There’s a Christmas snowglobe and some horrible gift ties. Coming up there’ll be more Christmas crime (Father Brown and a Victorian pastiche), a childhood favourite, and some skiing.
The Dark Winter by David Mark was a great new crime story – first of a series – set in Hull over a cold wintry Christmas.
From last year’s seasonal entries, we particularly recommend Nancy Mitford’s Linda and Fannie getting their Christmas presents in The Pursuit of Love: ‘My wicked parents turned up trumps’, and some lovely pictures - this is Fanny's fur hat:
And to round it all off, there's Bridget Jones’s brilliant description of why Christmas is so annoying, in her entry on going back to the office in January:
It seems wrong and unfair that Christmas, with its stressful and unmanageable financial and emotional challenges, should first be forced upon one wholly against one’s will, then rudely snatched away just when one is starting to get into it. Was really beginning to enjoy the feeling that normal service was suspended and it was OK to lie in bed as long as you want, put anything you fancy into your mouth, and drink alcohol whenever it should chance to pass your way, even in the mornings. Now suddenly we are all supposed to snap into self-discipline like lean teenage greyhounds.
--- she has to wear that very short/non-existent skirt to get over it.
A Happy Christmas to all blog readers, supporters, commentators and contributors.