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 hustle and bustle of the season. Our “to do” list grows longer as the days grow 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 book. Nothing takes one away from the present quite like a good love story. This holiday season readers are blessed with plenty of great picks from popular romantic novelists. Erin Hilderbrand concludes her Nantucket Winter Street trilogy with the heartwarming story of the Quinn family in Winter Storm. Susan Wiggs takes us to magical Willow Lake in Lakeshore Christmas. Karen Kingsbury lets us enjoy Christmas with the Baxter Family in Baxter Family Christmas, and Debbie Macomber shows us that even the most confirmed Scrooge can be won over in Twelve Days of Christmas.
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 The Polar Express, 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 or Hoopla service.
Consult a cook. Feeling anxious about your meal plans for the upcoming holidays? Hosting a party or cooking for the in-laws can seem overwhelming; reduce some of the strain with a selection from our cookbook collection. A few of the latest additions to the collection include Anthony Bourdain’s Appetites, a selection of his favorite recipes from his own kitchen and travels, All-time Best Appetizers, from Cook’s Illustrated, and for baking enthusiasts, Baking with Mary Berry from the Great British Baking Show. 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.
Come-in to the quiet. The library offers a quiet space to relax away from all the comings and goings of the season. Pick up a magazine, settle in to a comfy chair and enjoy the moment. In any season, you’ll always find something special at the library, and we’re always happy to see you.