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Christmas Movies

What’s your favorite holiday movie?  Is it White Christmas?  Love, Actually? A Christmas Story?  There are certainly many to choose from.  My ultimate favorite holiday movie is National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacationfrom 1989.  A synopsis from the library’s copy of VideoHound’s Golden Movie Retriever says, “The third vacation for the Griswold family finds them hosting repulsive relatives for Yuletide.  The sight gags, although predictable, are sometimes on the mark.  Quaid is a standout as the slovenly cousin.”  Now that doesn’t sound very promising, does it?  But no matter how many times I have seen it, I swear – every time that darned squirrel flies out of the tree and the family all screams and runs for their lives – I end up laughing with tears in my eyes.  The movie stars Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo, Randy Quaid, Diane Ladd, Doris Roberts, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Johnny Galecki.

On the other hand – if I am feeling sentimental – the Christmas portion of Meet Me in St.Louis, the 1944 musical starring a young Judy Garland along with Margaret O’Brien, Marcy Astor, and Harry Davenport, is sure to bring a smile and a tear to the eye.
Try them both.  Enjoy.  And Happy Holidays.
Scott Handville, Assistant Director

Happy Holidays!

Just because I’m a bit confurious (confused + curious) sometimes, I decided to search the library catalog using the word “holiday”.  My reasons are a bit convoluted, but it boils down to – “Merry Christmas” vs. “Happy Holidays”.

Doing a subject search of the word holiday* with the asterisk, brings up 43 different headings.  There are a couple of Billie Holiday entries, so let’s say 40 holiday entries.  Granted many of the items listed under holiday are items about Christmas, but there are many about other various holidays celebrated in the United States as well as other countries.  Not all of the holidays are Christian, either.
So, Christmas is a holiday, but not the only holiday listed in the library catalog.
Next I did a Google search using the search terms “December holiday*”.  853,000,000 results are listed. WOW!
Like most people worldwide, I click on the link to the Wikipedia entry.  I jump to the December entries.  Wikipedia very nicely separates its entries by several categories.  In total, I count 42 holidays.  42 in December alone!
Again, confurious, I count 25 holidays listed for the last 10 days of December.  Okay, several of the holidays are celebrated on the same day.  As an example, Anastasia of Sirmium feast day, Decemberween, Malkh, Newtonmas, Quaid-e-Azam’s Day and Christmas are all celebrated on December 25th.  Again, WOW!
I can be a traditionalist, I do, and will say “Merry Christmas”.  I also have no problem saying “Happy Holidays!”
As I finish writing this, I guess I will be more apt to say “Happy Holidays”, as I have no idea which of the 6 you may celebrate on the 25thof December.
So, in the end “Happy Holidays to you, and yours!”
Ann Russell, Technology Librarian

Being Mrs. Claus for a day!

I was honored this year to be Mrs. Claus for the city of Gardiner in their Christmas Parade.  I was not sure what I was in for.  The fun began with co-workers and friends offering ideas for my costume.  Being a thrifty person, I looked for things that I had on hand to wear.  Thank goodness, I knew someone who works with theater students and had a perfect wig, apron and white gloves.  Oh, the endless blessing of friends.

Well I had my costume set until the day came and I started to try things on. I came out of the bedroom with a black skirt on and my hair pulled back.  My grandson looked at me and said “You look just like Mrs. Claus.”  I knew then that what I would wear would work.  Dressing in the truck before the parade was a challenge, but again how often do you do that.  Then it was sit and wait.

 

I checked in at the table for the parade.  Next I stood and waited to be told when the horse-drawn sleigh was ready.  There was a sleigh with tons of lights on a flatbed trailer that I was convinced would be our sleigh.  Later I realized that was not my ride because I had been told it would be a horse-drawn sleigh and there was no horse on that sleigh.  I looked further to the back of the parade and spotted a white horse trailer.  I realized that was where I should be, so I walked to the back of the parade to meet Santa.  Santa and the horse-drawn sleigh stopped to pick up Mrs. Claus.  Needless to say I was a bit nervous having never done this before.  Thank goodness Santa knew just what to do, waving and saying “Merry Christmas”.  I soon learned the ropes.

 

Riding a moving sleigh was a bit of a challenge that I also, got used to.  The crowds were small at first and then we came to the first set of lights for Water Street and the mass of people was unbelievable (which I did not expect).  It was nice to see so many people show up to see the parade and support the city of Gardiner.  It took your breath away and then you say “I will be okay, I can do this, just smile and say “Merry Christmas”.  The children’s and adult’s faces just light up when they see Santa.  It did not matter their belief or age.  Everyone was so excited.  Waving frantically at Santa, hoping to catch a wink of his eye.  It was just amazing to see this happen.  Seeing people I know brought tears to my eyes and I got very emotional at first.  I had fun blowing kisses to my dear friends and one time a friend still did not realize who I was until a family member told her who Mrs. Claus was.  The parade came to an end and I had had a blast.
Now it was on to reading Christmas stories in Lisa’s Legit Burritos to the children (which is something I am very comfortable with) while Santa was visiting with children in Johnson Hall.  And of course Mrs. Claus uses her local library to pick out her stories that she reads to the good little girls and boys.
One of the best comments I got after doing this event was from one of our regular storytime attendees: “Miss Ginni, how do you know Santa?”
I could not have done this event without the support of family, friends and co-workers so I say “Thank you for this opportunity to the whole city of Gardiner”.  The feeling was something I will never forget.  It makes you realize just how special the season of giving is.
 Ginni Nichols a.k.a. Mrs. Claus, YA Librarian

13 Reasons Why Books Make Wonderful Christmas Gifts

1. Easy to wrap

2. Can often be enjoyed by several members of the household or circle of friends
3. Are fairly indestructible & don’t get eaten (like a box of holiday candy)
4. Have no expiration date (like some gift cards)
5. Can be enjoyed more than once, especially if it’s a great story
6. Look good on a bookshelf or coffee table
7. Can be used as a discussion topic at a party –“Have you read?”
8. Can provide new information, ideas, or hours of entertainment
9. Are quite portable on planes, trains & boats
10. No right or wrong size
11. Their purchase does not break the bank or overload your CC
12. You’ll (probably) remember who gave you that book for years to come
13. Are acceptable for “re-gifting” if you treat it carefully (remove dust jacket before you read it)
Charlene Wagner, Children’s Librarian

2013 Holiday Gift Book Suggestions

Frequently patrons ask for book suggestions for holiday gifts.
Some of my favorites for our youngest patrons include:

 

http://minerva.maine.edu/search~S71?/X%28Snowy+and+You+Know+It%29&searchscope=71&SORT=D/X%28Snowy+and+You+Know+It%29&searchscope=71&SORT=D&SUBKEY=%28Snowy+and+You+Know+It%29/1%2C3%2C3%2CB/frameset&FF=X%28Snowy+and+You+Know+It%29&searchscope=71&SORT=D&1%2C1%2C

 

http://minerva.maine.edu/search~S71/?searchtype=X&searcharg=The+Christmas+Visitors+by+Karel+Hayes&searchscope=71&sortdropdown=-&SORT=DZ&extended=0&SUBMIT=Search&searchlimits=&searchorigarg=XThe+Christmas+Visitors+by+Karel+Hayes%26SORT%3DDZ

 

 

http://minerva.maine.edu/search~S71/?searchtype=X&searcharg=There+Are+No+Moose+On+This+Island+by+Stephanie+Calmenson&searchscope=71&sortdropdown=-&SORT=DZ&extended=0&SUBMIT=Search&searchlimits=&searchorigarg=XWhere+Is+Fred%3F+by+Edward+Hardy%26SORT%3DDZ

 

http://minerva.maine.edu/search~S71?/XWhere+Is+Fred%3F+by+Edward+Hardy&searchscope=71&SORT=DZ/XWhere+Is+Fred%3F+by+Edward+Hardy&searchscope=71&SORT=DZ&extended=0&SUBKEY=Where+Is+Fred%3F+by+Edward+Hardy/1%2C32000%2C32000%2CB/frameset&FF=XWhere+Is+Fred%3F+by+Edward+Hardy&searchscope=71&SORT=DZ&1%2C1%2C

 

http://minerva.maine.edu/search~S71/?searchtype=X&searcharg=Xander%92s+Panda+Party+by+Linda+Sue+Park&searchscope=71&sortdropdown=-&SORT=DZ&extended=0&SUBMIT=Search&searchlimits=&searchorigarg=Xwhen+charley+met%26SORT%3DD

 

http://minerva.maine.edu/search~S71?/Xwhen+charley+met&searchscope=71&SORT=D/Xwhen+charley+met&searchscope=71&SORT=D&SUBKEY=when+charley+met/1%2C3%2C3%2CB/frameset&FF=Xwhen+charley+met&searchscope=71&SORT=D&1%2C1%2C

 

Charming illustrations as well as attention holding stories make these books “winners”!