#2 The YA Addict is hosting a mini-challenge for the Holiday #Read-a-thon. For it, she's asking us to imagine how a character in our book would celebrate the holidays. I just finished reading the memoir The House at Sugar Beach by Helene Cooper. Helene was born in Liberia, West Africa. She and her family were forced to moved to the United States when she was 14 years old because of the civil war in Liberia. I imagine that Helene's first Christmas in America must have been very depressing. I also picture the family marveling at snow and the cold weather. Perhaps Helene and her sister sang a variation of the Christmas carol White Christmas: "I'm dreaming of a GREEN Christmas, just like the ones I used to know."
#3 Reading Vacation mini challenge is to tell about a crazy, weird, funny Christmas gift I've received. My funniest Christmas present was a pair of Scottish tartan underpants. My mom and dad went to Scotland and thought I would enjoy wearing a pair of tartan in our family tartan. Ha-ha. I guess I was supposed to cover my butt like a good Campbell.
#4 Courtney Reads mini-challenge: describe a place in the world where you'd like to go for a special Christmas vacation. I would go for a family Christmas vacation to Yellowstone National Park. A friend did this with her family and she said it was like stepping back in time...taking a horse-drawn sleigh ride, seeing the park when it is isn't overrun by tourists, snowshoeing up to Old Faithful, etc..
#5 JaneAustenAddict Author Laurie Viera Rigler is offering a mini-challenge to report on a favorite holiday comfort book. Since I was a young girl every Christmas season my mother read aloud the book, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson. Now that I am the mother, I read it to my daughters. It usually takes three or four evenings to read it. We cuddle up on the couch together as we read it. We laugh at the same lines year after years. It's not really Christmas without it.