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Book 38 - The Christmas Pearl by Dorothea Benton Frank

Theodora is the matriarch of a family that, in her opinion, has grown into a bunch of truculent knuckleheads. They've all come together to South Carolina to celebrate Christmas. But this Christmas looks nothing like the extravagant, homey Christmases Theodora grew up with. What happened to the days when the holiday spirit meant tables groaning with home cooked goodies, over–the–top decorations, and long chats in front of the fire with Pearl, her grandmother's housekeeper/manager/caterer/psychiatrist/best friend? Luckily someone hears Theodora's plea for help and Merle (possibly Pearl?) arrives, pockets filled with Gullah magic and common sense to straighten everyone out.

I'm posting this out of order because it was a book club selection, but as it turns out, the discussion was more about holiday traditions than the book itself. That's probably fitting, because the story is all about traditions -- some that are unfortunately slipping away and some that are probably best left in the past. (Seriously! Who wants to spend all day making garlands?) For my part, I found this book rather silly and slight, but enjoyable enough for a pre-holiday read.
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