Never mind Hallowe’en: Christmas is the Original Haunted Holiday.

It’s that time of year again – a time of ghosts and goblins, of sudden chills and flickering candle flames at the stroke of midnight, of frights and haunts and things that go bump in the night. No, this isn’t a leftover post from Hallowe’en. For the Victorians, the spookiest holiday of the year was Christmas. Here’s British writer Jerome K. Jerome in 1891:

“There must be something ghostly in the air of Christmas — something about the close, muggy atmosphere that draws up the ghosts, like the dampness of the summer rains brings out the frogs and snails… Nothing satisfies us on Christmas Eve but to hear each other tell authentic anecdotes about specters. For ghost stories to be told on any other evening than the evening of the twenty-fourth of December would be impossible in English society as at present regulated.”

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Yuletide Cheer from the Archives

~posted by Jade D.

In the library’s digital collections, we have a wealth of materials (from photographs and postcards to artwork and newspapers) which give a glimpse into Christmas celebrations of the past. Continue reading “Yuletide Cheer from the Archives”

Romantic Wednesdays: Happily Ever After on Christmas

Holidays can be the most stressful time of year. But if you’re stuck at home on Christmas with the in-laws and sugar-crazed children, take heart! You can sneak off for a few minutes and check out some of these Christmas-themed e-books through the Library’s Overdrive collection—you can check them out and add them to your e-reader without ever having to leave the house! 

The Bite Before Christmas by Lynsay SandsLyndsay Sands and Jeaniene Frost paired up to offer two Christmas-themed novellas set in their beloved paranormal worlds (Sands’ Argeneau vampires and Frost’s Night Huntress) in Bite Before Christmas. In “The Gift,” Lyndsay Sands turns the idea of a May-December romance on its head when a 1600 year old vampire falls for a snowed-in, soon-to-retire chief of police. In Jeaniene Frost’s “Home for the Holidays,” Cat and Bones, along with some other familiar faces from the series, are faced with black magic and must team up with unwelcome acquaintances to defeat their opponent. Readers praise it for bringing Frost’s characteristic humor, action, Continue reading “Romantic Wednesdays: Happily Ever After on Christmas”

Romantic Wednesdays: Holiday Romances

It’s that time again. What time is that, I hear you asking? In this early December, when the spirit of holiday shopping is everywhere, it’s the perfect time to celebrate the season with the gift of a perfect Holiday Romance.

Here are just a few to start off the season, but there will be more. Let’s celebrate the season with a whole lot of love.

christmas he loved her by juliana stoneThe Christmas He Loved Her by Juliana Stone is a Christmas love story that definitely pulls at the heartstrings. It’s a small town romance, and a second chance at love story wrapped up with a bright shiny Christmas ribbon. There’s also more than a bit of a “forbidden romance” thrown in to make it extra spicy. But because it’s the Christmas season, there’s going to be a happy ever after once the sadness is done.

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Science Fiction Fridays: Alternate holidays

I am a proud Grinch. I don’t enjoy anything about the holidays; not the lights, not the food, not the music and definitely not the cold weather. However, one thing I do love is a heartwarming science fiction tale, and it seems like even the most dour author can turn out a warm and fuzzy when it arrives around this time of year. So while I only enjoy the holidays because it means new stories from some of my favorite authors, you may find these suggestions will only add another bit of cheer to your celebrations.  Here are some science fiction choices that will make your Christmas out of this world! Sorry about the awful pun. Continue reading “Science Fiction Fridays: Alternate holidays”