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Posted on: December 21, 2020

What Are You Reading Over the Holidays?

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Christmas will be coming soon, and your Abilene Public Library has a number of books to help get you in the holiday spirit.

For a lighthearted look at how to celebrate “the one time of the year when both the divine and debutantes take center stage in a perfect storm of hot glue and cheese grits” try The Official Guide to Christmas in the South or, If You Can’t Fry it, Spraypaint It Gold by David C. Barnette. If you’re a Southern lady who tends to overdo Christmas, this is the book for you. This includes chapters on how to start planning for the holiday months in advance, decorating tips from car dealers, and how to present the casserole. This tongue in cheek tome claims to be “perfect for a true Southerner’s coffee table or an imposter’s survival guide”.

If you prefer something more locally centered, there’s Lone Star Christmas: Seasonal Editorials of Frank Grimes edited by Charles H. Marler. Marler collected and edited all of Grimes’ Christmas editorials written for the Abilene Reporter-News from 1923-1960. These editorials deal with Grimes’ unique point of view concerning the spiritual, cultural and technological aspects of life through our customs of giving and receiving. 

Everything I Need to Know Little Golden BooksMany of us grew up learning to read at an early age, and one of our first exposures to reading were Little Golden Books. Everything I Need to Know about Christmas I Learned from a Little Golden Book by Diane Muldrow plays upon the nostalgia we have for these books in a heartwarming way. The book gives fun and simple advice, liberally illustrated with art from Garth Williams, Richard Scarry and more. If you read Little Golden Books as a child (or to a child), the illustrations will bring back fond memories.

And finally, if your thoughts during the holidays run a bit darker, you might enjoy reading The Krampus and the Old Dark Christmas: Roots and Rebirth of the Folkloric Devil by Al Ridenour. The Krampus is better known in Austria and Germany, but it has recently become more familiar to us here in America. While St. Nicholas would reward good children, the Krampus was around to punish the naughty ones. This book details the origin of this mythical creature, as well as speaking of the traditional festivals and parades that prominently feature it and other scarier yuletide creatures.

These books and more are waiting for you at the Abilene Public Library. Whatever you read to learn about the holiday, we hope you and yours have a very Merry Christmas!

Article Contributed by Tony Redman, Librarian I

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