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Christmas Haiku by Patricia Furstenberg is a unique collection of poetry perfect for the holidays that will bring the spirit of Christmas alive daily. The haikus are for every day of the holiday season from December 1 to January 12 with each one filled with joy, memories, happiness, and wonder. Enjoy haikus for the twelve days of Christmas and each sweet poem that brings the Christmas spirit to life with chestnuts, snow, carolers, candy canes, lights, and much more.
Patricia Furstenberg brings Christmas cheer which will no doubt delight readers and will be perfect for everyone to enjoy during the holidays. This is a unique treat that’s completely original with the medium of haiku and is ideal for the winter season as each one represents different aspects of the holidays. Each haiku is sweet, funny, warm, and bright, offering charming glimpses at the true meaning of Christmas with haikus about Jesus, happiness, family, and the joy that comes from every part of Christmas time, even the morning sun and a cup of coffee. Several of the haikus touch upon food-themed aspects of the holidays such as cookies, chestnuts, and gingerbread which will remind you of your own favorite treats during the holidays. The writing is playful and light so all ages can enjoy it, and is paired with lovely photographs of trees, birds, bells, and other stunning images that bring a visual to every part of Christmas. Several of the haikus have an innocent quality and a light sweetness such as enjoying treats like candy canes and bringing to life memories of childhood fun such as in Snowball.
Furstenberg captures the feeling of Christmas with classic images of silver bells, Santa’s sleigh, nutcrackers, and the Christmas tree. The cold of the season is highlighted through several haikus specifically in Icicle, Snowflake, Blizzard, and Happy with snow and ice described as part of the lovely landscape of Christmas time. Towards the end of the book, take a stroll through the twelve days of Christmas as Furstenberg brings to life the classic song with haikus inspired by each day. Those that love the holidays and poetry will find Christmas Haiku to be the perfect treat to celebrate the whole season.