I love Christmas and all the trappings - the cards, the baking, the decorating, the gatherings! It is just a special time, when outdoor lights lend a touch of magic to the drive home in the dark! When delectable treats tempt! Holiday scents fill the air! Thoughts of getting together with family and friends excite! And a light dusting of snow falling after midnight is all that is required for a "white Christmas!" (I don't particularly love the shopping, however . . . .)
One little tradition that I indulge in each year is adding to my collection of Christmas books. New, or found in a rummage sale or at Goodwill, received as a gift, it doesn't matter, it just has to be a story or story collection that I've not read yet. It could be a children's book. A cookbook, or crafts, or decorating for the holidays. Even a pop-up book illustrating Christmas traditions around the world (my favorite)! I just enjoy paging through them and reading a bit here and there, as I sip hot cocoa near a crackling fireplace.
Our library has a nice collection of Christmas books of all sorts. Look for them on the display shelves in the area by the staircases. Check one out for your own holiday treat!
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