Dakota Christmas (Kindle Single) Kindle Edition
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For me, I love Jody's writing, it reminded me of books and radiators, of smells and when this time of year was a pure torture of waiting. He mentioned the holly and I remembered my mother's milk glass basket with pine needles and over sized ornaments.
I think this story will warm the hearts of Dakotans not at home, and those of us who like this time of year. I thought of the story my mother put out every year (I think Capote) of Christmas in the kitchen with his grandmother making fruit cakes. At 99 cents its a steal, plus if you download the Amazon for Desktop (free) you get three classic books.
It made me think about why are the most special Christmases the ones we remember from childhood. There is a "difference between childhood and age: A month was once forever, and now it's just a month." And I think Christmas was once something special for us as children, and now it seems to be just another holiday, the last one on our hurried way to closing out yet another year.
Here, the author gives us a Christmas message with enough sentiment and nostalgia without being overbearing: while trapped in "the mess and clutter" that complicate and speed Christmas along, don't overlook the true purpose of it all. For me, it was a gentle and thoughtful reminder to look for those things, and people, that make Christmas truly special. It makes you think about a different Christmas this year, the one that is simple and unrushed, the kind of Christmas that creates those special memories that feel like childhood.
I have loved "Dakota Christmas" and will enjoy having it at my fingertips. Most of all, I rejoice for the author that more people will be able to say the same thing.
That's because South Dakotans feel a deep connection to our place here in the middle of the Country. And while six degrees of separation may be the norm, in South Dakota it's rarely more than one or two. If you don't know someone from the same town as your new acquaintance, someone you know surely does.
Clearly, that's why Dakota Christmas has struck a chord, such that it has been a top seller on the Amazon Kindle this Christmas season. Well-known author, and South Dakota native, Jody Bottum knows where he's from and knows how to tell a tale. It's a collection of seven whimsical, Christmas tales from his childhood revealing deep connections to his family and his place of birth, much of which hasn't changed too much since the 50-year-old grew up in the state.
Dakota Christmas is adapted and expanded from something Bottum first wrote 11 years ago and I vividly remember the first publishing, chiefly from this line about South Dakota Christmas food, which he describes as "Jell-O molds with carrot shavings, chocolate packet pies, neon-pink hams, pricked to death with cloves and drowned in honey." Eleven years ago, a good friend emailed me that line and reading it again reminded me of some good laughs.
When I posted a link to Dakota Christmas on my Facebook page, I was surprised by the diverse number of people who had also read it. But I guess I shouldn't have been. If you live in South Dakota, or if you want to know what Christmas was like out here on plains, you'll want to join that list of readers. Merry Christmas from South Dakota, my home.
What I liked best is that he says the facts don't flee our memories, but the feelings do. He remembers the type tree that they had in different years, gifts that he and his sisters received, but not the emotions that went with them. He also remembers the cold of the winters and lying on the floor next to the radiator propped up on cushions to read, his body too hot, but the draft from the radiator pipe gap causing his hands to be cold. I also loved it when he said that he decided that what his sister needed was a bank to keep her money in. Although things didn't work out quite right on that one, it was the thought that counted while in the junk store.
There is a lot of humor in this Kindle Single as Bottum tells about the food served the minute you walked in someone's home, and the gifts bought for family. I love the passage, "It was all too much. By the time Christmas itself arrived, the season had taken us by the throats and shaken us into jelly. Who could stand against it? For that matter, who could stand it?" (Loc.138) It's a funny, serious and heartwarming look back at a time that we think was simpler, but I'm not sure the people who lived it thought so.
The writing is wonderful and the story is true and honest. I enjoyed this look back with the author, even though I've never been to South Dakota. That isn't necessary to enjoy this "Dakota Christmas."
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My daughter ordered this book and she must have not liked it because she never finished itPublished 12 months ago by sweetpeamichelle
A great short read. Interesting all the way through. The author looks back upon his child hood growing up. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Mom in Missouri
In some ways this reminded me of stories my father would tell. I lost him two years ago so the book drew me in but the further I read I felt like shouting "The author must be my... Read morePublished 20 months ago by S.B.
A very good look of Xmas past
Reminds of me of my Christmass and made me recall of all things in my past.
I wanted so much to enjoy this text since I grew up in South Dakota and have fond memories, but once I got past the first chapter or so, I could not follow the text. Read morePublished 20 months ago by M. B. Harris
Unlike some others, I found this book taking me back to many of my own Christmas memories and adding a smile on my face.Published 21 months ago by Kindle Customer
Sorry, it didn't get me into the spirit of Christmas and couldn't follow the author's thoughts. They seemed very random.Published 21 months ago by Lorelei Confer
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