The Advent Calendar, 23 days to go

December 2: Fröhliche Weihnachten

The second reveal on the advent calendar is Fröhliche Weihnachten, It may look like a violation of the no-adaptions-of-A-Charlie-Brown-Christmas rule, but it’s not. It’s a strip reprint. And boy, isn’t that cover pretty! The sky is shiny, shiny gold. It could only be more Christmassy if the cover also had the colors of frankincense and myrrh. (Or maybe it does. What color is myrrh, anyway?) The only thing that holds this book back from being higher on the list is the decision to print it all in German. I mean, really, who speaks German? (Well, I suppose the Germans do, but besides them, I mean.) (Oh, okay, also the Austrians.) (Oh, and many of the Swiss, and the Lichtensteiners, or is it Lichtensteinians? Doesn’t matter, they’ll just be assimilated into the LuxemBorg anyway.) Anyway, it’s a pretty book, even to a man in a silly mood.

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The Advent Calendar, the Big Day

My choice of what the finest non-adaptation-of-A-Charlie-Brown-Christmas Peanuts Christmas book wasn’t a struggle. The Joy of a Peanuts Christmas is quite simply a lovely book of the core of Peanuts. It’s a strip collection, collecting Christmas-themed strips. Now, that would describe a lot of the books on this list, but …

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The Advent Calendar, 1 day to go

The title of Christmas is Together-Time may be a mite awkward, but what it is isn’t awkward at all. What it is is pure, book-original Schulz, with his reflections on Christmas and what it is. And lest you think that a Christmas giftbook is apt to be pure saccharine, we …

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The Advent Calendar, 2 days to go

Some books are great, but some books are more than a book, and such is the case with A Very Peanuts Christmas – it’s a book, but it’s also a pillow! More of a decorative throw item than something you’re going to use to sleep on, but it is nice …