introducing the holiday challenge

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Happy holiday season! This past October, I managed to go all out for the entire month celebrating Halloween and really wanted to do the same for Christmas throughout December. So, I came up with a little holiday challenge and wanted to share it with you guys, too. Each Tuesday, I’ll give you two challenges to complete during the weeks leading up to Christmas.

Today, I’m sharing the first two of eight challenges:

  1. Read a Christmas themed book

  2. Buy a festive holiday candle

After you’ve secured your items, light your new candle and spend a day reading your book. You get extra points if you do so while drinking a mug of hot chocolate underneath a cozy blanket and extra extra points if you’re by the fire.

If you need ideas for which festive candle to buy, check out this post. Here are a few ideas for what you could read:

Christmas at Little Beach Street Bakery
A baker celebrates the holidays in a Cornish coastal village with her boyfriend and faces challenges when her best friend arrives with a secret.

Winter Street
The owner of a Nantucket inn looks forward to getting his family together for Christmas, but all sorts of family drama emerges ‘before the mulled cider is gone’.

Seven Days of Us
The Birch family gathers for the holidays at their country estate and are quarantined due a medical epidemic, causing them to spend the next seven days together dealing with tensions and revelations.

A Nantucket Christmas
A woman celebrates the holidays on Nantucket, having to deal with her stepdaughter who is devoid of holiday spirit and wants to sabotage the celebrations.

A Christmas Carol
The classic Christmas tale follows Ebenezer Scrooge when ghosts appear to change his ways and teach him the value of joy.

The Polar Express
On Christmas Eve, a boy growing skeptical of Santa Claus boards a train to the North Pole.

Hercule Poirot's Christmas
A family holiday reunion is disrupted when the patriarch announces he will change his will and a murder occurs, so Hercule Poirot must come to investigate.

Hiddensee
This book imagines the backstory of the Nutcracker through the Black Forest of Bavaria and salons of Munich with lots of themes of German Romanticism such as mysery cults and a fascination with life and death.

Christmas in London
A love story set at Claridge’s starring a New York City baker and a cooking television producer.

Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares
Lily leaves a book of dares on a shelf in a bookstore and then communicates through the notebook to Dash who finds it.

Twelve Days of Dash & Lily
In this follow up, Dash & Lily spend the days leading up to Christmas exploring New York City to recapture the holiday magic after a tough year.