Merry Christmas!


Wherever you are in the world, and whoever you’re with, I wish you all a very Merry Christmas! Thank you for reading my blog this year; whether you’ve been around since the beginning or just started following last week, it’s been a joy to have you reading along, and I look forward to many more lovely conversations in 2013!

As a little treat to help you relax and settle into the Christmas mood, here is a link to the beautiful Truman Capote short story, A Christmas Memory. Do take some time to sit down with a cup of tea or glass of wine and read it this Christmas Eve; it’s such a lovely evocation of Christmas and the memories it invokes as we age. I read it the other night and it brought a tear to my eye; I hope it will give some of you the opportunity to smile and think over the many happy Christmases you have had over the years, and give you fresh excitement, amidst the seemingly endless preparations, for tomorrow.

See you all in the New Year!



  1. Wishing you a beautiful, joy-filled and very happy Christmas too, Rachel. Thank you for all your excellent blog posts on books that I’d have never known about if I hadn’t read your blog, and thank you for introducing me to some brilliant books by some truly brilliant authors. With much love to you this Christmas and on into the new year. Shona Nollaig Dhuitt, mo chara. – June

  2. Thank you Rachel. Have a wonderful Christmas. I look forward to reading your latest news in 2013. It’s always a pleasure x

  3. Merry Christmas dear Rachel. I hope this year’s Holiday will prove to be less treacherous than your last New York Christmas journey to the mountains. My Christmas wish is to see you in April and to spend quality time with you at The Mount. xxxooo

  4. I wish you a Merry Christmas and it has been a real pleasure to read your blog all this year !!!
    Joyeux Noël from a French reader !!

  5. That’s the second reference to this story I’ve come across today – Dove Grey Reader mentioned it as well. So i followed the link, and read it, and thoroughly enjoyed it. A lovely, charming little tale about friendship and the way we look at the world.

  6. Thank you for you blog all year ’round, and the Capote for this evening. Happy Christmas and a good year ahead.

  7. A merry holiday to you with many thanks for the reading pleasure you have given me in 2012. Best wishes for both reading and teaching in 2013. AJ

    PS — a suggestion for your reading pleasure if you have not already discovered them — the correspondence — in five volumes — of George Lyttelton (an Eton master) and Rupert Hart-Davis, the publisher. I ran across the briefest but most enticing mention of these about a month ago while doing research for my job — found all 5 online for a song — and have read nothing but since. And pages of my journal/commonplace book are now full of literary observations, insights and anecdotes culled from these pages. Also — my ‘to be read’ list now much longer as a result. Based on your blog, I think you might love these letters.

  8. Rachel, I adore Truman Capote’s “A Christmas Memory.” It always brings a tear to my eye. And it makes me want to bake a fruitcake, the description of the ingredients that the characters buy is mouthwatering. Merry Christmas to you!

  9. Merry Christmas, dear Rachel. I hope you are having a good holiday and spending some time with those darling nephews.

    I have a copy of A Christmas Memory and read it every year, a cup of tea or coffee at my elbow, sometimes with some fruitcake if I’ve been gifted with one. It is such an endearing little story and I loved hearing it read by Capote. Wonderful!

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