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The Christmas Basket

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  5,511 ratings  ·  292 reviews

No one tells a Christmas story like Debbie Macomber. The Christmas Basket is filled with gifts for the reader -- gifts of warmth and laughter . . . and emotional truth. This Christmas, let Debbie make you smile!

That summer -- more than ten years ago, while they were still in high school -- Noelle McDowell and Thomas Sutton fell secretly in love. Secretly because their mot

Hardcover, 240 pages
Published September 24th 2002 by MIRA
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Ange H
Dec 04, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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I've been so cranky and Scrooge-like lately, as I attempt to find a Christmas themed novel that I like. I've added three books in a row to my "Couldn't Finish" list and I hate doing that. So I was determined to finish this one. I probably shouldn't have because it did nothing to sell me on this genre.

This was a slight, silly book about two star crossed lovers named Tom and Noelle (who was born on Christmas day, of course.) As teenagers, they planned to run away together and get married. They wer
Nov 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
This delightful Christmas tale is a lesson in forgiveness and hope. Two best friends have a falling out when one won’t forgive the other for a lapse in judgment and a deception. The husbands, being golf buddies, remain in a secret friendship, and their kids plan to elope. Alas, a miscommunication results in a severing of that romance. But now, it’s ten years later, and it’s Christmas- the season for miracles. This story will give you a warm fuzzy feeling, with its likable characters and Christma ...more
Dec 08, 2010 rated it it was ok
Predictable, embarrassingly ridiculous at times and not quite the touchy-feely Christmas book I was hoping for. Nice for the romanctical elements though.
Julie Barrett
Sep 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
The Christmas Basket by Debbie Macomber
Noelle MacDonald was returning home. She hadn't returned since Tom Sutton had jilted her because of their mothers.
She writes in her journal, she booked the flight to Rose, home...She even lost some weight and she's prepared to see Tom.
Sarah and Mary are the mothers and Sarah wants to book the club for next summer. Problem is Mary is in charge of all that now...there are new rules in place and she must do 10 hours of community service before the end of the
Lori Henrich
Jul 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
Noelle is on her way home for Christmas - not too unusual, except she hasn't been home for over 10 years. She left her hometown of Rose behind because the memories of her breakup with Thom were to painful to stay. She decided to come home because her sister Kristen is getting married and wants her to be home to help plan the wedding. Things haven't changed to much at home, her mom Sarah and Thom's mom Mary are still feuding over a misunderstanding that destroyed their friendship. Sarah does her ...more
Nice Christmas romance, but a little to cheesy for my liking & Oh the Mothers!!!! Annoying, overbearing drama queens.
Dec 23, 2017 rated it did not like it
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Read for a Dec challenge. Silly story. One dimensional characters. You could see the ending a mile away. Thank goodness it's an easy & quick read.
3.5 stars

Not her best Christmas story, but it was still sweet as can be.
Jan 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cute Christmas read. I enjoyed the sweet story of Noelle and Thom and the scene in the movie theater was hysterical.
Oct 14, 2013 rated it liked it

When Sarah McDowell visits the exclusive women's country club in town, she has a mission. She must reserve the club for her daughter, Kristin's, wedding. She's hoping she doesn't run into her worst enemy for the last 20 years, Mary Sutton. Long ago, Sarah was a real estate agent. She borrowed her best friend's, Mary's, family heirloom tea set to supposedly display at a house she was showing. However, Sarah lies to Mary, the silver tea set was not used for
Dec 10, 2009 rated it liked it
This is a delightful little read that incorporates the best of Christmas--romance, forgiveness, and redemption. Noelle McDowel is home for Christmas for the first time in nearly a decade. She and her fiance had planned to meet in a park in their town and go from there to wherever they could pull off a quick, clandestined marriage. But he went to the park, and she didn't show up; she also went to the park, and he wasn't there. So painful was the experience of being stood up for her that she left ...more
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“The Christmas Basket by Debbie Macomber is a quick read, set in modern-day small town Rose Oregon. It's a frothy, happy-ever-after tale that is fun and satisfying to read, which of course is what you expect from a Christmas story, especially one written by Debbie Macomber.

I enjoyed the funny side joke renames: 'Curtains' OS, Value-X with blue light specials.

From the first chapter, it's quite obvious Noelle and Thom will get back together. I was certain that Kristen had sabotaged
Feb 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a tale! As usual, Macomber melds emotions with more than a few laughs to create a heartfelt tale that really connects you with the characters. The completely over the top reactions from the characters were priceless. Noelle’s mother was absolutely ridiculous. She was so absorbed in an age old feud that she didn’t take anyone else’s wants into consideration. Thom’s mom wasn’t much better. Together they served to create an interesting backdrop for the emotional reunion between Thom and Noelle ...more
Heather Chandler
Dec 13, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! It is a great story about two families that the mothers had a major miss understanding and threw a very long and happy friendship down the drain. Everyone in town knows about this fuid and they try there best to get them back together. Because of this there are some funny events that happen. Also, there kids liked each other and they too had a miss understanding that ended up in them not speaking for 10 yrs. There hearts ached because of this and they never stopped loving each ...more
Oct 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This was a holiday read about forgiveness, friendship and love. I actually saw this as a Hallmark movie but based around Halloween instead of Christmas and with quite a few creative liberties - though I did enjoy the movie. It is about a man Thom and a woman Noelle who were childhood friends and high school sweethearts but who had a terrible misunderstanding that separated them for 10 years. Their mothers also used to be very close but had a falling out and now it is a ridiculous rivalry that ex ...more
Nov 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a rewrite of the Romeo and Juliet story. Two families that have been at odds for years due entirely to the Moms of these families not getting along.

It is a fun read with likable characters and crazy situations. My kind of book!

The story is perfect for Christmas with forgiveness, second chances, redemption and a long time coming marriage proposal. Debbie Macomber continues to entertain.
Dec 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
I really loved this love story. I enjoyed it on a plane and read it in one day. It was so warming to read about Thom and Noelle and their feuding families.

The only part I didn't like was the disjointed middle to end. It felt like the author was like have to get this done now and hastily finished the story.

Overall it was a good romance read.
Dec 26, 2013 rated it it was ok
I guess I am not going to be one of the life long Debbie Macomber fans. I wanted to read somnething around Christmas that had a Christmas theme. What a book of mind mush and nausea inducing fluff! Oh well, it was a VERY simple read, not very much challenge at all!
Dec 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Two-haiku review:

They planned elopement
Despite family hatred
But he stood her up

Sweet Christmas story
Put aside differences
Make season of love
Nov 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who likes Debbie Macomber
Recommended to Suzanne by: me
I started reading this book tonight & suddenly realized that it was read a few years ago.
It was a good read & I'm glad the feud between the two women were resolved.
Oct 26, 2009 rated it really liked it
Cute Christmas story. Quick easy fun read!
Mar 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A heartwarming Christmas story that will melt your heart. The story reminds me of the Hatfields and the McCoys and their feuding. Noelle's mom and Thom's mom are feuding over a misunderstanding that ruined their friendship years ago. Now they are thrown together doing community service putting Christmas baskets together and delivering them. Noelle thinks Thom stood her up all those years ago when they were supposed to elope. Can they all work through their differences and be friends again? Read ...more
Dec 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
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I don’t usually like Christmas books because they are typically ridiculous, but I actually liked this one. I thought the feud with the mothers was funny. This had the typical Christmas book cheesiness, but it was tolerable and I liked it anyway.
Dec 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I’m a sucker for a Christmas story. This wasn’t what you expected but it was still a make you feel good Christmas story.
Monique Pearson
Dec 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Nov 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cute story. Definitely read like a Hallmark movie 😄 The characters were likable, especially the mothers. They made me laugh.
Dec 01, 2018 rated it liked it
A feel good Christmas story about family, friendship, forgiveness and love.
Meagan Beal
Nov 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5. A cute and fun Christmas read! The moms and feud and how they acted made me laugh quite a few times!
Dec 18, 2011 rated it liked it
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Shari Larsen
Dec 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
More than 10 years ago, while still in high school, Noelle McDowell and Thom Sutton fell in love. They kept it a secret though, because their mothers had been in a bitter feud with each other for several years. When they were both 18, Noelle planned to elope with Thom, but then he jilted her.

This Christmas, after avoiding her hometown for a decade because of painful memories, Noelle is home to celebrate the holidays with her family. She can't avoid running into Thom though, and they discover the
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Debbie Macomber is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and one of today’s most popular writers with more than 200 million copies of her books in print worldwide. In her novels, Macomber brings to life compelling relationships that embrace family and enduring friendships, uplifting her readers with stories of connection and hope. Macomber’s novels have spent over 1,000 weeks on the New York Time ...more