Best books for the holidays, Christmas, Hanukkah and more

The holidays are a time for family, friends, and lots of good food. But theyโ€™re also a time for reflection and taking stock of the year that has passed. So if youโ€™re looking for some inspiration to help you get through the holiday season, here are 15 nonfiction books about the holidays.

๐Ÿ“š Christmas: A Biography by Judith Flanders

๐Ÿ“š The Battle for Christmas by Stephen Nissenbaum

๐Ÿ“š How to Spell Chanukah edited by Emily Franklin

๐Ÿ“š Dickens and Christmas by Lucinda Hawksley

๐Ÿ“š Kwanzaa by Maulana Karenga

๐Ÿ“š The Man Who Invented Christmas by Les Standiford

๐Ÿ“š Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris

๐Ÿ“š The Indisputable Existence of Santa Claus: The Mathematics of Christmas by Thomas Olรฉron Evans and Hannah Fry

๐Ÿ“š Miracle on 10th Street: And Other Christmas Writings by Madeleine Lโ€™Engle

๐Ÿ“š A Christmas Memory: One Christmas, and The Thanksgiving Visitor by Truman Capote

๐Ÿ“š Yule: Rituals, Recipes & Lore for the Winter Solstice by Susan Pesznecker

๐Ÿ“š Santa Claus: A Biography by Gerry Bowler

๐Ÿ“š Celebrating the Jewish Year: The Winter Holidays: Hanukkah, Tu b’shevat, Purim by Paul Steinberg

๐Ÿ“š Christmas: A Candid History by Bruce David Forbes

๐Ÿ“š The Krampus and the Old, Dark Christmas: Roots and Rebirth of the Folkloric Devil by Al Ridenour

As Christmas is coming up, don’t forget to check our the episode on self-compassion.

Published by suswatibasu

Suswati Basu is a writer, journalist, producer and feminist activist residing in London. She has written for the Guardian, Huffington Post and the F-Word blogs, and has worked for various media outlets such as the BBC, Channel 4 and for ITV News/ITN. She currently works as a senior intelligence expert.

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