I think we all have a food we think of as our special comfort food. I, myself, have multiple foods, with different categories for different situations. But I know several people, also including myself, who have comfort reading categories. For a lot of us, it’s our favorite Young Adult or Childhood literature. I know times are stressful for me when I break into the Anne of Green Gables series. If things get really stressful, I’ll take it all the way down to The Narnia Series, The Four Story Mistake, Ballet Shoes or Little House on the Prairie.
Other people dig into the mysteries or the romance novels. And there is no shame in either! Heck, pull out your favorite board books from your childhood. Goodnight Moon is a classic.
But I actually have a holiday comfort book that I read each year. I used to read it every year to my kids, but they’re long grown and now I can’t even pretend that I’m reading it “for them”. It is The Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson, the classic story of a bunch of “bad” kids who take over the annual church pageant. They’ve never even heard the Christmas story and it becomes new and real again when experienced through their eyes. It is the most loving and honest interpretation telling of the Christmas story I’ve ever read and my Christmas would not be complete without it. So tonight, I’m kicking back and reading it again.
But maybe you want to chill with 50 Shades of Gray.Well, then, off you go. We’ll all renew with our favorite reading material and report back tomorrow.
P.S. In the course of writing this post, I discovered that The Best Christmas Pageant Ever was made into a movie in 1983 and that the entire thing is available on YouTube. Oh YouTube, is there no magic you don’t contain?
This is part of my 31 Days of Holiday Self-Care Challenge. To see all the posts in this series, visit here.