Thursday, November 29, 2018

Discover the Ghostly Side of Christmas in Storytelling Event

When one thinks of Christmas, you mind is usually filled with popular holiday songs, preparations to make for spending time with family, gifts you're excited to give and receive from those close to you, and more.  For me, I always hear the voice of former pop singer Andy Williams belting out his family hit "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year."

On the evening of Thursday, December 13 at 7:00PM, you're invited to join your Main Library for special Christmas event that you may scratch your head about at first.  We'll be hosting a free program title "Christmas Ghost Stories & Folk Tales," led by Brian Bethel, a senior staff writer at the Abilene Reporter-News who happens to also be a great storyteller.  If someone were to ask you to list things you think about when you hear the word Christmas, I can almost bet that ghost stories wouldn't event come close to cracking the top 10 items on your list.

One of the most beloved Christmas stories that has been cherished in both print and stage/TV/film adaptations, Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" would have to be one of the most famous ghost stories set on Christmas.  Published in the mid-19th century, don't forget that at the center of the story of miserly Ebenezer Scrooge was the fact he was visited by the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future, as a way to place a mirror on how he's lived his life and the direction it will go if he doesn't change his ways.

However, did you know that the tradition of sharing ghost stories can even be traced back hundreds of years before that?  It's been suggested that in early times during the winter season, as the cold weather settled in and night came about sooner, keeping warm by the fireplace and sharing ghost stories became popular.  Coupled with the fact that winter also brought around memories of death, as well as those whom have passed on, then the sharing of such stories begins to make sense.

At the library's Christmas Ghost Stories & Folk Tales event, Bethel will be on hand to share a variety of stories that will be designed for all ages to enjoy.  As a way to experience the existence of stories from the past, you may do so from the comfort and safety of our library, while enjoying some hot cider and cookies.  This will certainly be a Christmas program of firsts at your library, and one aimed at the adventurous side in us.

So mark your calendars for Thursday, December 13 at 7:00PM and come out to join your Main Library for one great evening of traditional storytelling with tales that may even put a chill in your bones.

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