One of the nice things about this time of year is the keeping of certain traditions, both those passed down through the decades, or ones newly started. At a recent Reader Services meeting, we realized we each had a book-related tradition at Christmas and we decided to share some of them with you!
Our newest Reader Services member, David, cracked us up as he explained how each Christmas since he was in 6th grade, he has read the book The Night Before Cat-Mas by Virginia Unser to his cat, Magic. We don’t know for sure how the cat feels about it, but we are certainly delighted by this 16-year old tradition.
Carol (our formerly-retired-now-returned specialist!) also has a feline-themed tradition. She’s a wordsmith, so I’ll let her tell about it:
This is probably the first book I ever received as a Christmas present. I was probably about three years old, which makes this book a verifiable antique. The fact that it’s about kittens is not insignificant. If people know two absolute truths about me, it’s that I love cats and books just about equally.
Whenever I have decorated for the holidays, I’ve always made sure books were prominently displayed. “The Christmas Kitten” became part of my favorite mantle scene, joining other toys and mementos from my ’50s childhood.
Christmas is a magical time for children, and the treasured stories and books that celebrate that wonder can instill memories that will last a lifetime, and find a meaningful place in our homes and our hearts.
Speaking of magical books for children, Reader Services member and poetry-lover Marianne shared how every Christmas Eve her family gathers to read Holly Hobbie’s Christmas Book, an illustrated collection of original Christmas verses, together with some well-known Christmas poems. Each person reads a page and then passes it along.
I also like how Jill annually sets out a bounty of seasonal books – invitingly arrayed in a basket for all to dip into as time allows!
Of course, adults deserve magical books too, and Trudy’s annual tradition of checking out new Christmas cookie cookbooks from the library sounds perfectly delicious – and makes me want to stop by and help out (and by “help out” I mean “eat all the cookies”).
My own book-themed tradition is re-reading a “personalized” Christmas story featuring a character excitingly named “Marlise” and her friends who go around the world collecting letters from various Santas, Kris Kringles etc.. As I read it now, I am so amused by the fact that the publisher put a “patent pending” notice on this 1973 “personalized computer book.” The story ends when Marlise has collected the letters spelling out PEACE – the Christmas wish Santa has for everyone in the world.
Come to think of it, peace is my wish for each of you, too — plus many wonderful books and traditions to celebrate the season!