Christmas wishes are offered with a literary twist


The holiday season has swirled around me this year. I feel like a mere observer of all the hustle and bustle. I don’t have that Scrooge-y “Bah Humbug” attitude but I am certainly far less engaged in celebratory preparations than usual. Gosh, it’s Dec. 23 and my greeting cards are still just ideas in my head. I guess I’ll be sending New Year’s cards instead of my usual literary Christmas sentiments.

Once a librarian, always a librarian, even at Christmas time. The same can be said for readers, too. Never miss the opportunity to have reading and books permeate throughout your life, even when you are signing and sending greeting cards to friends and family.

Since I didn’t get around to making cards, we’ll just pretend this column is my greeting to all of you.

To those who are young and young-at-heart, “Here’s wishing you a storybook Christmas.”

For library visitors and those who never met a bookstore they didn’t like, “Wishing you stacks of Christmas joy.”

For all the Edgar Allen Poe lovers, imagine his portrait with snowflakes falling all around, “Let it Poe! Let it Poe! Let it Poe!”

I’ve never actually had enough nerve to create and send this one, but it gives me a chuckle each time I read it. “Our children await Christmas presents like politicians getting election returns; there’s the Uncle Fred precinct and the Aunt Ruth district still to come in.” (Ladies’ Home Journal, 1950, Marcelene Cox)

For those of us who over indulge eating cookies, egg nog and other scrumptious, calorie laden treats, “Do give books — religious or otherwise — for Christmas. They’re never fattening, seldom sinful, and permanently personal.” (Lenore Hershey)

Or, I could simply say, “Merry Christmas from the board of directors, staff and Friends of the Mifflin County Library.”


Molly S. Kinney is the director at the Mifflin County Library. She is currently reading “Exposed,” by Lisa Scottoline. 75 Book Challenge readers — you only have a week left!