The answer is: Rudolph, Blitzen, Comet, Cupid, Dancer, Dasher, Donder,
Prancer and Vixen. ĎTis the season for holiday questions at the
library. A popular theme is "Christmas Around the World."
Grade school students write reports about what Christmas is like in
different countries. They research crafts, recipes and customs. They
have a celebration meal. To help you find information about Christmas,
there is a display of books in the adult section too. You can learn
about holiday traditions, craft projects, recipes and more.
One enduring tradition is the Christmas tree. According to the
website http://www.didyouknow.cd/xmas/xmastrees.htm, Saint Boniface, a 7th
century monk, used the triangular shape of the fir tree to describe the
Holy Trinity of God. People began to revere the fir tree as Godís
tree. By the 12th century, trees were hung from ceilings as a
symbol of Christianity. The first decorated tree was at Riga in Latvia
in 1510. In the early 16th century, Martin Luther decorated a
tree with candles to show his children how the stars twinkled through
Through the generosity of the Lions Club, the library has the
festival of lights on the lawn. Community groups have decorated the
trees with a variety of themes. Itís worth a moment of your time to
view the lighted trees collectively and then enjoy the unique
decorations of each tree. This year the library staff decorated a tree
with "seasons readings."
If you come into the library, you will see other trees. Recently,
hospice had a Christmas party with their own tree. Kent Farms donated a
beautiful tree for the annual Friendsí Tree Trim. Children brought
ornaments and decorated it. They also enjoyed a visit from Santa, had
refreshments and sang holiday songs. In the childrenís section, there
is a special tree with photographs of the preschoolers who attend the
library story times.
If you are looking for more information on Christmas, try these
websites. Search for meaning in Christmas at http://www.techdirect.com/christmas.
This site has links to poetry, literature, celebrations and traditions.
Want the lyrics and the music to your favorite song? Try http://christmassongbook.net.
This site provides the piano arrangements to over 100 classic songs. For
Christmas, a family member requested that I make the dried beef dip
served in a pumpernickel bread bowl. The searchable database of recipes
at http://christmas.allrecipes.com made it easy to find. It even printed
it on a recipe-sized card.