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Southern Style Christmas
compiled by Lucinda Secrest McDowell
A Shaw Book, 2000
ISBN: 0-87788-781-0

Looking for a gift for a lover of southern writing, then Southern Style Christmas may be for you.  Inspirational speaker and author Lucinda Secrest McDowell has collected seasonal poetry, sayings and stories from many of the South’s finest authors.  Beautiful photographs of the yuletide anchor the works of literature.  Plus, holiday recipes are thrown in for good measure. 

Stories and holiday memories sure to become family traditions, include:  “The Lost Christmas” by Celestine Sibley, “Christmas Country” by Anne Rivers Siddons, “A Mitford Christmas” by Jan Karon, and “My Most Memorable Christmas” by Catherine Marshall. 

The poetic verse of a Confederate soldier is touching in “Christmas of ‘62” by William G. McCabe.  Poems by Ruth Bell Graham and Ann Weems capture the season.  Lucinda Secrest McDowell adds her own prose and poetry. 

Christmas carols that originated in the South are included, such as “I Wonder As I Wander,”  “Rise Up Shepherd and Follow” and “Go Tell It on the Mountain.” 

This would be a great book for the Christmas Eve family gathering with a strong voice reading aloud. 

 

Joyce Dixon
Southern Scribe Reviews

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