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2014-12-25

After Christmas Christmas reading

By John Hegemeier Bandera Library Director

Well Christmas Day has arrived. I am compelled to ask myself, "How is it possible? How is it possible that Christmas can be here again so soon?"
When I was a young child Christmas never snuck up on me. My anticipation started sometime in early autumn when the Sears and JC Penney Christmas catalogs arrived.
The hours spent leafing through the pages of new toys and making my list insured that Christmas neither arrived too quickly nor caught me unaware.
This article probably should have been submitted to the newspaper last week, but in an attempt to turn lemons into lemonade please consider this thought - the best time to teach the true meaning of Christmas is after the holiday has passed. Before the big day children will understandably be focused on the materialistic meaning of the holiday.
Only after calm has returned will their consideration turn towards the true significance. So in this spirit I would like to remind parents that the Bandera Public Library has a fair amount of Christmas books written just for kids. Some of the titles we have available at our library are listed below:
• Madeline's Christmas by Ludwig Bemelmans - Madeline was first introduced to the world shortly before the start of World War II. A delightfully precocious child with a strong sense of right and wrong the series of six Madeline books was well received from the moment they were first published.
In this Christmas story Madeline nurses 12 ailing girls when a turbaned visitor arrives and sells her 12 magical rugs. The rugs are actually magic carpets and the girls go on a wonderful flight around Paris and end up bringing back the joys of the season.
• Santa's Secret Helper by Andrew Clements - It's Christmas Eve and Santa Claus has a secret helper who takes off into the sky behind a sleigh drawn by flying reindeer. He has a big sack of toys but will the helper do the job as well as Santa?
• Froggy's Best Christmas by Jonathan London - Max the beaver wakes up all his hibernating friends to go in search of the perfect Christmas tree. All goes well until Froggy decides it's time to place the star on the top of the tree.
And finally, when Christmas is finally over you'll want to read Merry Un Christmas by Mike Reiss -Imagine a place where Christmas was celebrated every day of the year. Wouldn't that be wonderful? Think again!
For Noelle and her friends the most wonderful day of the year is Un-Christmas. It's the only day of the year that they actually go to school. It's also the only day of the year when the mail gets delivered. But the best thing about Un-Christmas Day is that they don't have to open any presents!
Kids who wish it were Christmas every day will think twice.