Review of Klutzin’ Around the Christmas Tree: A Holiday Anthology: In A NUTSHELL


‘Klutzin’ Around the Christmas Tree’ is a wonderful collection of Christmas stories from places far away and earlier times to the present full of hope and wonder edited by Marie McGaha.
I couldn’t put this book down. I laugh aloud and mused over these stories remembering my own Christmas’ past.
I enjoyed the family antics of getting the tree decorated, Christmas on  the farm including birthing a calf, a group of children coming together to save Christmas, the heartwarming story of a boy’s best friend lost, a miraculous war-torn Christmas, the adorable mishaps of a Christmas pageant, and one on how many of us feel about the obligations of visiting our families at Christmas and with an idea that, I think, just might work on how to dealing with them.
The book is a gem written by a group of talented authors and published by Dancing With Bear Publishing. 
I plan to read the other two Anthologies in Dancing With Bear Publishing’s collection.

That's  Klutzin’ Around the Christmas Tree: In A NUTSHELL 
                                                                                              ~ J.D. Holiday 


  1. Thanks for the review, and yes it is a wonderful book...though I have to admit I'm a bit prejudice...:)
    Have a great Holiday Season...
    Alan W. Jankowski.

  2. re: book review request by award-winning author

    Dear J.D.,

    I'm an award-winning author with a new book of fiction out last month.
    Ugly To Start With is a series of thirteen interrelated stories about
    teen life published by West Virginia University Press.

    All the stories in my collection have been previously published in
    well-regarded print and online literary magazines such as The Iowa
    Review, Passager, The Bitter Oleander, Confrontation, Salt River
    Review, The Foliate Oak. and The Cortland Review.

    Can I interest you in reviewing it?

    If you write me back at, I can email you a PDF of my book. If you require a bound copy, please ask, and I will forward your reply to my publisher. Or you can write directly to Abby Freeland at:

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    My short stories have appeared in more than seventy-five literary journals, including North American Review, The Kenyon Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, and The Chattahoochee Review. Twice I have been nominated for The Pushcart Prize. My short story "The Scratchboard Project" received an honorable mention in The Best American Short Stories 2007.

    I am also the author of the nationally acclaimed coming-of-age novel The Night I Freed John Brown (Philomel Books, Penguin Group, 2009), winner of The Paterson Prize for Books for Young Readers (Grades 7-12) and one of ten books recommended by USA TODAY.

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