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Deck the Bookshelves!

This holiday season, have a fun shopping experience! No rushing. No pushing and shoving. Take your time. With less than 25 days left for shopping, 12 book gift ideas are chosen to brighten that shopping list. Below are four favorites, ready to purchase, wrap and place underneath your Christmas tree.

POP-UP BOOK: "Christmas around the World: A Pop-Up Book" by Chuck Fischer (Little, Brown)

There's nothing like a pop-up book to inspire the Christmas season. The legacy of Charles Dickens novel, "A Christmas Carol" is illuminated along with a booklet of British holiday traditions.

Experience a joyous Christmas celebration in Italy. Colorful pages showcase a beautiful nativity scene, complete with a manger, sheep and a wise man bearing gifts.

Germany's Christmas legend depicts Saint Nicholas's Dark Servant: The Legend of Krampus. It's only a legend, but too believable and scary for children.

This book makes for a great display and good conversation with friends and family. Chuck Fischer is author of three pop-up books. His latest creation, "Christmas around the World" explodes with creativity.


PHOTOGRAPHY BOOK: "Christmas in America: A Photographic Celebration of the Holiday Season" by Peter Guttman (Skyhorse Publishing)

Carolers in the East spark a delightful journey with author and photographer Peter Guttman. Glossy pages are adorned with snowy images, horse-driven sleights, multicolored lighting and Christmas parades. Snow-capped mountains are absolutely breathtaking.

In the spirit of Christmas, the Naked Cowboy is photographed, oblivious to the camera, but hoping to catch the eye of a pedestrian or two.

A stunning image captures a young boy climbing the steps of a frozen palace located at New York's Lake Saranac. Beautiful and melancholy, restored slave cabins near Baton Rouge, Louisiana, showcase an array of bright lights. Enjoy the vision of a snowman with twigs for arms or picture a spa-like Christmas in Pagosa, Springs, Colorado. Enjoy the rewards of stunning photography.


POP-UP BOOK: 600 Black Spots: A Pop-up Book for Children of All Ages by David A. Carter (Little Simon, Simon & Schuster)

This super cool pop-up creation is fun. Designed exclusively for a child's wandering eyes and exploring little hands, it both delights and surprises.

Every shape imaginable is on display and black spots appear everywhere. Interactive tabs are handy to poke and pull and create moving pieces.

Author David A. Carter has created an exploratory masterpiece. Touching is encouraged.


AUDIO BOOK: Reposition Yourself: Living Life Without Limits by T.D. Jakes (Simon & Schuster Audio)

T.D. Jakes, named "One of the 25 Most Inspiring African Americans of 2007" by Essence magazine, continues to inspire and persuade. A best-selling author, Jakes narrates "Reposition Yourself" and offers Christian principles to apply in daily living.

Broaden your creativity and explore your potential. Take charge of every aspect of your life. Let Jakes' personal experience with Christ speak to you.


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