We’re coming up on the holiday stretch: Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, the Solstice, Christmas, Kwanzaa, and the New Year. (Let me know if I’ve missed one you celebrate, please.) This constraints of this year–which I think of as the year which must not be named–means many of us will not spend these in the ways that we traditionally have. For me, it will be the first Thanksgiving in my life I have not spent with my family of origin–my mom and I have never missed one. :(

So it’s a good year to experience the love, connection, travel, family, and hope holidays often bring through books. What are your favorite books in holiday settings? What do you love about them?