Christmas books a tradition at the library—December 6, 2013
Christmas is finally here. It’s officially time to get out the lights, ornaments and trees and start decorating away. It really is one of the most wonderful times of the year. It’s a holiday that has spanned generations, with many traditions passed down through their families. I love my family traditions, and I wouldn’t trade them for the world…but it’s fun to learn a little about other peoples traditions and where they came from.
We don’t have a set way of setting up our Christmas tree, but I remember growing up we collected the rocking horse ornaments and my brother and I would always fight over who got to put the new one up every year. It ways always exciting to find YOUR rocking horse, the one that was the year you were born and put it in the perfect spot on the tree. Now as an adult I have a whole tree of ornaments that I can place wherever I want! My new tradition is to watch Christmas movies and make popcorn garland to put on the tree. Christmas tree decorating goes a long way back, and it’s hard to believe people used to put real lit candles on them! We have “The Great American Christmas Almanac” which tells you the origins of many Christmas traditions, including the Christmas tree.
Christmas parties are another great tradition during the holiday season. Every year we celebrate Christmas eve in Grand Island with my dad’s side of the family, and Christmas morning with my immediate family. Parts of this tradition have changed over the years as the families have expanded, but one thing that never changes is what we eat. It might sound disgusting, and might look it too, but it wouldn’t be Christmas without a pot of oyster stew. I can remember eating it every Christmas eve as long as I can remember Christmas! In case that might not be your cup of tea though, we have some great party planning books like “Easy Entertaining for Beginners” which will help you pick out some great holiday recipes along with great tips on organizing the rest of the night.
Another one my favorite traditions is writing out my Christmas letter. Growing up, I loved reading the letters of family members who lived far away and I hardly got to see any more. When I went away to college, I picked up the tradition and started sending out letters of my own. As you can imagine, I love to write about myself and I fear the art of Christmas card letters is becoming a thing of the past so I try to keep the tradition going. This is why when I found the book “Season’s Greetings from the White House,” I was really excited. It has excerpts from all of the Presidential Christmas cards and letters dating back to Calvin Coolidge It’s pretty cool to flip through and look at some of them.
Hopefully all of you that celebrate Christmas have some Christmas traditions, even if they don’t seem like much. I love this time of year, and I look forward to all of my family traditions that have been created over the years. I feel it brings a sense of joy that these are things my grandparents used to do, and that these are things that my future generations will be doing in their own ways. Have a great holiday season!