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This season is full of different holidays that folks celebrate. There are so many, in fact, that it’s difficult to keep track of them. (Or…maybe that’s just me.) In any case, as a public service I offer you a listing of where we stand in the holiday season

* Eid al-Adha was celebrated this year from 8 December to 11 December. Next year, this Muslim festival will fall in November.

* Saturnalia is an ancient Roman celebration that falls on 17 December.

* Yalda is a Persian holiday celebrated on 21 December.

* The Winter Solstice was on 21 December. You can watch it happen at Newgrange here. (requires Windows Media player.)

* Festivus is celebrated on 23 December.

* Christmas (25 December) is over. I hope that those of you who celebrate it had a great one.

* Yule occurs on 25 December, but may include celebrations that occur on the Solstice or other nearby days.

* Boxing Day was on 26 December. Did you find any good sales?

* St. Stephen’s Day is either on 26 December (for the Western church) or 27 December (for the Eastern Church.)

* Hanukkah began at sundown on 21 December and ends at sunset on 29 December.

* Kwanzaa runs from 26 December to 1 January.

* Hogmanay begins on 31 December, but these days it can last a couple of extra days…

* New Year’s Day is always on 1 January.

* Twelfth Night falls on either 5 January (the night before Epiphany) or 6 January (Epiphany) depending upon whom you ask.

* Sankranti falls on 14 January and is celebrated a bit differently depending upon where you live.

Did I miss a holiday? Please let me know, and have an fabulous holiday season.


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Seeing Santa

i_see_santaImagine the dismay you might feel if everywhere you went (and I mean everywhere) you saw Santa. Would you head for the doctor’s office? Seems like a good idea. And you’d lie down on the couch with a box of tissues while the doctor sat in his large green chair with his back to you. And he’d just listen while you told him all about your little trouble: Santa at the movies, Santa at the skating rink, Santa at the pet store, Santa under the kitchen sink. Santa is absolutely everywhere; he’s even bugged your teddy bear! Now that might be going a bit too far. And what advice do you think the doctor will give you? You’ll have to wait and see. It’s sure to be good advice. Even if he won’t let you see his face. Wonder why that is?
I See Santa Everywhere is a wondeful book to share with your family. It’s a holiday book, yes, but it isn’t too holiday, if you know what I mean. And while Santa is certainly predominant, it isn’t the sort of Santa you’re used to seeing. Glenn McCoy’s drawings have great details that add hilarious commentary to his well-rhymed text; Santa’s disguises are numerous and sure to make you smile. There’s plenty here for children and adults to appreciate. Barbara, one of my colleagues here at the library, gave me this book to read. It made her laugh, it made Gail (another colleague) laugh, and me too. I’m sure you’ll get a kick out of it as well. Merry Christmas!

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Season’s Greetings

I’ve been inundated by seasonal links of late, as I’m sure you all have been, too. So, I’ve chosen four of the most fun to share with you. If you have any great ones, please let me know.

Reminder: The Fremont Main Library will close at 5pm on 12/24/2008 and will be closed on 12/25/2008.

Happy Holidays.

UK Parliament’s Christmas Tree:

You can watch the Solstice live from Newgrange via the web – here.

How some libraries celebrate during this time of year – Library Christmas Tree.

Need a bit of silliness in your day? Why not Elf Yourself?

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