Dakota Christmas by Joseph Bottum


Summary: A memoir of childhood Christmases on the South Dakota plains. By turns sweet and comic, sentimental and serious, Joseph Bottum’s “Dakota Christmas” is an instant Christmas classic. In this beautifully written account of the mad joys and wild emotions of Christmas for children, Bottum captures the universal spirit of the season even while he recounts his memories with a sharp particularity that brings them alive for readers.

“Her hair was the same thin shade of gray as the weather-beaten pickets of the fence around her frozen garden,” he writes of one chance Christmas encounter. “She had a way with horses, and she was alone on Christmas Eve. There is little in my life I regret as much as that I would not stay for just one cookie, just one cup of tea.”

“Joseph Bottum is one of America’s most gifted writers, with a perfect ear and a matchless style,” the essayist Andrew Ferguson notes of “Dakota Christmas.” And “to watch him deck the halls with his customary humor and generosity of spirit is glad tidings indeed–guaranteed to make your Yuletide bright.”

“Families have always loved brief Christmas classics that could be read aloud by the fire,” adds Michael Novak. “Joseph Bottum’s ‘Dakota Christmas’ is such a classic.”

My Review: On the hunt for Christmas Stories on Kindle Unlimited and I found this saw it was set in South Dakota and I was like score one for Jen.

This was a very short book only 20 pages and it certainly was a very sweet story. I enjoyed it, but I do wish it was a little bit longer.

Overall a sweet story that does a great job bringing multiple emotions to the surface.

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