‘Tis the Season

The holiday season is upon us. It seems to come earlier every year. (Were those Christmas decorations displayed next to the Halloween candy?) No matter how we try to avoid it, we’re all drawn into the rush, the hustle and bustle of the season. Our “to do” list gets longer, as the days get shorter. It’s easy to understand the rising sense of panic that begins to take hold. Although we can’t completely take away the stress, we can offer some tips that may make your holiday more enjoyable.

Curl-up with a good book. This holiday season, readers are blessed with plenty of great picks, regardless of whether you’ve been naughty or nice. Anne Perry is no novice when it comes to Christmas novels, and her latest book, A Christmas Odyssey, is sure to warm your heart. Set in Victorian London, this story is filled with holiday miracles that create a festive mood. Or, if suspense is more your cup of tea, Robert B. Parker’s famed Boston private eye Spenser returns in time for the holidays in the new mystery Silent Night. Spenser is planning his Christmas dinner when he’s approached with a high-stakes case. It’s a read that is sure to take your mind off that holiday list.

Read to a child. The holidays are a great time to share stories with children. The library has beautiful editions of traditional holiday classics, such as Frosty the Snowman, The Night Before Christmas and The Nutcracker, as well as dozens of other holiday choices. Browse through our children’s Holiday Collection for that special book to share.

Turn-on the music. Nothing soothes like the soft sounds of the holidays. Borrow one of our holiday CDs or download a classic from our Freegal service.

Consult a cook. Feeling anxious about your meal plans for the upcoming holidays? Never fear, Ree Drummond is here! Drummond is a cookbook author and host of a popular Food Network show. Her new cookbook, The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays, is filled with recipes and full menus for each major holiday. Choose this or another cookbook from our collection to help take some of the stress and guesswork out of the holiday meal so you can have more time to sit back and enjoy the occasion.

Follow the link. We’ve done the research, so you don’t have to! If you’re considering a new tablet or e-reader as a holiday gift, click on our Buying Guide. You’ll find links to articles with comparison charts and reviews for choosing the best tablet for you and your budget. You’ll find the Buying Guide on our website, raynhampubliclibrary.org.

Come-in to the quiet. The library offers a quiet space to relax away from all the comings and goings of the season. And we’re always happy to see you.

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