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December Festivities to Get You in the Holiday Mood

December has arrived and it brings a month of holidays. Certainly we all know the big ones: Christmas on December 25, Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, begins on December 16 and continues until December 24. Kwanzaa begins on December 26 and is celebrated through January 1. And we all forward to New Year’s Eve as it brings the end of the year with a

promise of a new year ahead.

Whether or not we are ready – the Winter Solstice, on December 21, brings the shortest day of the year with the fewest hours of sunlight. Winter officially arrives at 6:03 pm. Think on the bright side –spring will then arrive in 116 days! One consolation, being in the northern hemisphere, spring and summer last longer than autumn and winter. So when you see that white stuff, hold on to that thought.

There are a few other holidays celebrated elsewhere in the world such as St. Nicholas Day, Saint Lucia’s Day and Boxing Day. All holidays are rich in tradition and history. There are also many special days in the month. To name a few: Pearl Harbor Day, Poinsettia Day, Humbug Day, Festivus Day (thanks to comedian Jerry Seinfeld), Make up your Mind Day and National Whiners’ Day – the day after Christmas. For more information about these holidays and events, the library has a great collection of holiday books along with a wonderful book, The Chase’s Calendar of Events, which lists every holiday, special day and famous birthdays.

The library is celebrating this season of holidays with decorations throughout the library and a great lineup of programs for all ages. The Connecticut Theater Company presents songs and a reading from the Christmas Schooner on Thursday, Dec. 4 at 6:30 p.m. There will be holiday music with the Girl Scouts on Saturday, Dec. 6 at 2 p.m. New Britain High School’s Madrigals will be strolling through the library as they sing, on Tuesday, Dec. 9 at 11:45 a.m. The CCARC Singers will entertain us with holiday songs on Wednesday, Dec.10 at 10 a.m. CP Flutes, a local flute ensemble, will serenade us on Thursday, Dec. 11 at 6:30 p.m. At the Polar Express Party, on Thursday, Dec. 18 at 6:30 p.m., children, ages 3-8, can enjoy the story and decorate train cookies. Details for these and the many other December programs can be found in our newsletter or calendar, both online, at nbpl.info.

And for those who shop online, may we ask you to keep us in mind when you shop at Amazon. You can donate to the library without a penny coming out of your pocket. Go to www.smile.Amazon.com and designate that you would like to donate to the Friends of the New Britain Public Library. Amazon will donate .5% of the purchase of eligible sales to the Friends for the library. Painless, easy and supporting your library.

Regardless of what holiday you celebrate, on behalf of the staff and library board, may I wish you joyous and happy holidays and a very happy New Year!