Christmassy Things to Do and Borrow

This week, the Christmas decorations went up here at Millennium. With lights lit up, and snow coming down, we’re starting to get in the holiday mood, and starting to look forward to our holiday programming:

Nutcracker Storytime

Tomorrow at 2:00 pm, Millennium’s children’s department is hosting some wonderful folks from the Royal Winnipeg Ballet (including Filbert the Bear!) for their annual Nutcracker Storytime.

HandbellsSt. Andrew’s Handbell Choir performs next Thursday (December 5), over the lunch hour, as the last event of our fall Skywalk Concert and Lectures. Look for that to return in January!

Next Friday, in motion @ the library is going to be a Dance Explosion, guaranteed tohelp you dance away your holiday stress over the lunch hour.

Sounds of the Season

Finally, we’re once again hosting Sounds of the Season! Local elementary school choirs will be performing in Millennium Library’s lobby at 12:15 every day from Monday, December 16 to Friday, December 20. Elementary school kids singing holiday tunes – how can you lose?

A Christmas Story

Meanwhile, our friends over at the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre are in the middle of their run of A Christmas Story. It’s on until December 14, so, we put together a little list of A Christmas Story-inspired reads.

I’d like to share them here, for those of you who like a little laughter during the holidays:

The Best Christmas Pageant EverThe Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson. The horrible Herdman kids hijack the neighborhood Christmas pageant—and surprise everyone with their version. The original book for children has been adapted into both a play and a picture book.

Holidays on IceHolidays on Ice by David Sedaris. Hysterically funny essays on the difficulties of the holiday season, including the SantaLand Diaries, his unforgettable tale of what it’s like to be a Macy’s elf (not for kids!).

Scaredy Squirrel Prepares for ChristmasScaredy Squirrel Prepares for Christmas by Mélanie Watt. Everyone’s favourite neurotic squirrel prepares for Christmas in this fun children’s picture book.

The Shepherd, the Angel, and Walter the Christmas Miracle DogThe Shepherd, the Angel, and Walter the Christmas Miracle Dog by Dave Barry. It’s 1960 in a small town, and drama and holiday miracles surround Doug Barnes, his family, and the annual church Christmas pageant.

SSurviving the Holidays with Lewis Blackurviving the Holidays with Lewis Black (DVD). A comedian’s take on staying sane during the holiday craziness.

Christmas CuriositiesChristmas Curiosities: Odd, Dark, and Forgotten Christmas by John Grossman. A revealing look into the little known origins and forgotten traditions of Christmas past.

God Rest Ye Grumpy ScroogeymenGod Rest Ye Grumpy Scroogeymen: New Traditions for Comfort & Joy at Christmas by Laura Jensen Walker and Michael K. Walker. A dose of practicality and insight for those looking for alternative ways to participate in the holiday season.

Christmas MiscellanyChristmas Miscellany: Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Christmas by Jonathan Green. More trivia and facts about the most well-known Christmas symbols and customs, from stockings to reindeer to mistletoe.

I hope everyone is able to stay warm, relax, laugh a little, and overall have a great December. And, don’t forget the pile of other holiday cookbooks, craft books, stories, and magazines we have! In the meantime, let me know: Do you have a favourite holiday book or movie?

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