I have a Christmas wish for you. In the past few weeks, I have struggled to prepare for the holiday season. Shopping for gifts and decorating the house seemed more like a chore than in years past. I worried about choosing presents that would please my loved ones.

My perspective  changed completely last Friday.

Horrific images from the school shooting in Connecticut, depicting terror and pain on the faces of children and adults erased all reluctance for me about Christmas this year.

This holiday is an opportunity. To hold dear those you love. To treat well everyone who crosses your path. To realize our circumstances can change at any moment.

I hope you can find comfort, encouragement and words of wisdom to help you cope with the struggles of your own life.

Stories of others help us understand ourselves. I hope you feel less alone when you read about joys and tragedies recreated in nonfiction and depicted in fiction.

Many of our high school kids are reading The Hobbit. Moms and little ones visit the library every day to check out stacks of holiday picture books. Recently published bestsellers are on hold at the front desk for regular library users. The senior ladies book club held a boisterous holiday party on Monday morning. Partner PE classes, which pair high school seniors with special needs students, are caroling throughout the school building this week.

I don’t want to miss the opportunity to celebrate these marvelous, normal events of the holiday season at Meadows Library.

My Christmas wish is that  you will discover the “The Divine Mystery” of the advent season in your own life.

Encouragement from the library:

The Christmas Spirit: Memories of Family, Friends and Faith by Joel O’Steen

Comfort Food by Rachael Ray

Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris

The Christmas Tugboat: How the  Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Came to New York City

Santa Comes to Little House: From Little House on the Prairie

Fancy Nancy’s Splendiferous Christmas

The Christmas Quilt: An Elm Creek Quilts Novel

Santa Cruise: A Holiday Mystery at Sea by Mary Higgins Clark

The Autobiography of Santa Claus by Texas author Jeff Guinn

And so many more - Merry Christmas!

Susie Casstevens serves as the librarian for the AH Meadows Public and High School Library. Contact Susie at 972-775-3417 ext 1061 or visit the web at library.midlothian-isd.net