Lowcountry-specific books make good holiday gifts

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"Lowcountry Christmas A to Z" is the third in a series of fun, easy-to-read books by Carole Marsh Longmeyer of Beaufort. The books are packed with little-known historical facts, superstitions and fascinating tidbits about our coastal region.

Longmeyer's other titles in this series are "Lowcountry Voodoo A to Z" and "Lowcountry Hurricanes A to Z."

These books make the perfect gift for newcomers to the Carolinas and coastal Georgia who have not yet fallen in love with the Lowcountry, as well as for long-time residents eager to know more about this special place we call home.

Her latest book is an enchanting collection of entries, listed from A to Z, complete with more than 30 recipes to try out this holiday season, including Gullah-Geechee Gingerbread, Bluffton Eggnog Pound Cake and Okracoke Clam Chowder.

Read the story of the birth of Jesus as told in the Gullah dialect. (Hint: Read it out loud phonetically exactly as written.)

Discover long-held Christmas superstitions such as hanging holly on your door to protect your house from evil spirits, thunder and lightning and if you are the first to bring holly into your home on Christmas, you will rule the roost for the next year.

This is a book you will want to pick up often so later you can regale friends and family with your newfound knowledge of Lowcountry lore and legend.

Visit www.Gallopade.com or www.Amazon.com to order both "The Mystery of Hilton Head Island" and "Lowcountry Christmas A to Z" and explore the many gift-worthy titles from this amazing local author.

Glenda Harris of Bluffton is a freelance writer and editor, nature lover and aspiring novelist.

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