It is not too late to get a few good books to enjoy during Christmas the next few weeks. I enjoy reading books set in a local setting and give me a feeling of home around the holidays. There are some beloved children’s classics as well to share with the young ones too.
Growing up, every year, we would gather in front of the television during the nightly news on Christmas Eve for two reasons. One was to watch the Santa tracker to see where he was located in the world. The second was to listen to someone local read The Cajun Night Before Christmas. He would read the story in a delightful Acadian accent that we all heard around town growing up.
To get started on your own holiday collection. Here are some of my Christmas in Mississippi recommendation that have enjoyed or on my personal tpr.
The Cajun Night Before Christmas by Trosclair
If I was asked what picture book I remember most from my childhood, The Cajun Night Before Christmas is the hands down winner! I love the imagery of the Cajun Santa with his alligators instead of reindeer. Check out this WLOX version by Larry Ray on YouTube!
The Legend of Papa Noel: A Cajun Christmas Story by Terri Hoover Dunham
It is not a surprise that the French and Cajun stories are popular. Being an old French colony, these stories resonate with most of us. This is another take on a Cajun Santa.
Santa is Coming to Mississippi by Steve Smallman
These beautifully illustrated books are a nice Christmas Eve read. It is lovely to see familiar sights around the state including on the coast!
I Saw Santa in Mississippi by JD Green
Another cute Santa themed book set in Mississippi. In this plot, Santa goes on vacation to Mississippi, but must remain in disguise!
Christmas Memories from Mississippi by Charlene R. McCord
This is a collection of stories from classic and modern southern writers. All relate to Mississippi Christmases. It is eclectic with humorous, serious, and bittersweet holiday stories.
Christmas Stories from Mississippi by Wyatt Waters
If you cannot get enough of Mississippi Christmas, this is another fantastic collection of stories. It is also published by the University of Mississippi Press.
Cozy Fiction Reads
I love a good holiday romance! Here are some set in small town Mississippi.
Wishful Romance Series by Kait Nolan
All of the books (at least 11) are set in a small town called Wishful. I checked to make, and pretty sure that it is a fictional town. Several of them are set during Christmas!
A Down Home Christmas by Liz Talley
Is about a country music star who returns to Mississippi to convince his aunt to sell the farm in order to move into a retirement community. Of course, a beautiful neighbor is involved and a kid’s Christmas concert.
A Cherry Cola Christmas by Ashton Lee
This one is centered around a book club in a small Mississippi town. The plot centers around the book club members. This is book #4 so it may be better to read the first 3 first.
Southern Living Christmas Cookbooks
These are a classic and treasure trove of holiday recipes. I recommend taking a look at estate sales, garage sales, thrift stores, and library book sales. They are everywhere, and can be useful in finding something so old it may not even be on Pinterest.
Modern Hospitality by Whitney Miller
Although this is not Christmas themed, it is one of my favorite cookbooks. Whitney Miller was a winner of the first season of Top Chef from Poplarville, Mississippi and fellow Southern Miss Alum. I highly recommend her shrimp and grits for Christmas breakfast or brunch.
Save Time and Money
Remember, a lot of these are available at local libraries and can be checked out for free. If you need to save time instead, download the e-book or find the audiobook. I usually listen to a few audiobooks a month on a free program provided by the library system. Audible also offers deals and discounts as well!
I hope everyone has a great time reading around the Christmas tree!
Do you have any Christmas book recommendations? Share them down below!
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