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This book highlights both the strength of Kentucky's literary tradition, and the diversity of Kentucky culture. There is are traditional sentiments here, such as "Why I believe in Santa Claus" (Marie Bradby) or Chris Holbrook's "Christmas, Down Home" .. about sharing. Like Christmas itself, there is humor but cause for tears, as in missing a Dad as in Linda Scott Desorier "Pure Magic and Old Friendship". Kids of all ages will enjoy Jack Hunts Christmas, There is also a uniquely musical rhythm, from Jane Gentry's poem of Christmas Tree, to Jean Ritchie songs, to Thomas Merton Advent or Wendell Berry's "Timbered Choir". . And some of the rhythms have a bit of reality with them, such as Letters from the Karst, about staying clean, and Maurice Manning's Bad Winter, 1975. No matter if you celebrate New Christmas or Old Christmas, settle in with some bread pudding, and a Christmas orange, and find meaning in these stories.
Reviewed in the United States on November 18, 2003
I am a collector of Christmas books and with joy I have added this one to my library. I found that the memories evoked within the pages of Kentucky Christmas are touching and poignant without being overly sentimental. George Ella Lyon has captured the essence of Christmas through her collection of works by Kentucky authors. This is a book that I will pass on to my child and one that I will return to again and again.
Reviewed in the United States on December 13, 2004
My friend showed me this book. I, being a Kentucky author, had to read it. The wonderful skill and warmth shined through as I turned each page. This is a book that you would want to hang on to until next holiday season. I'm sure the same warmth and spirit will spread when you open it up next year.
Reviewed in the United States on November 13, 2003
Do you read your books and pass them on to friends and family, seriously depleting your library? Most of us who love reading and books do the same thing. "A Kentucky Christmas" is one of those rare books that will soon become a standard on your library shelf. You will be reluctant to let it leave your library. Christmas is a season of many moods all competing for attention at a time when we are unusually pressured. The selections made by George Ella Lyon find ways to match our myriad of Christmas emotions. Good friends will want to give the book early while they can steal a few minutes, a cup of tea and the delight of the very best of Christmas literature.