Countdown to Christmas

Countdown to Christmas

Not to add to your stress, but the holidays are just around the corner.  Take time to relax and enjoy the spirit of the holidays at one of the many wonderful events presented at the library this December.  Don't forget to take home some of the enchanting books, music and movies that also celebrate the holiday spirit.  

Events | Booklists


All ages

Colonial Christmas Open House
Celebrate Christmas as they did in Colonial America with crafts, games, and refreshments.
Wednesday, December 11, 6:30-7:30
Headquarters Library

Holiday Open House
Celebrate the holiday season with family and friends! 
6:00-6:45- The North Stafford High School Chorus performs
7:00-7:30- Up on the Housetop stories and a visit from Santa
Refreshments will be provided by The Friends of the Library"
Thursday, December 12, 6:00-8:00
Porter Branch


Alphabet Soup Special: Countdown to Christmas!

Stories, songs and activities with a very special guest-Santa Claus! For ages 0-5

  • Monday, December 9, 11:00-11:30; Snow Library
  • Wednesday, December 11, 10:00-10:30 and 11:00-11:30; England Run
  • Friday, December 13, 9:30-10:00 and 10:30-11:00; Porter

Books Before Bedtime Special

  • Monday, December 16, 7:00-7:30; England Run
  • Tuesday, December 17, 7:00-7:45; Salem Church

Saturday Tales Special: All Creatures Great and Small - Christmas Tails
Saturday, December 7, 11:00-11:30
Headquarters Library
Grades K-6

Fabulous Friday Specials:

'Tis the Season
Christmas songs, games, and a craft.
Friday, December 13, 4:30-5:15
Snow Library

Wrap it Up
Stories, games, and a craft to welcome the holidays.
Friday, December 13, 4:30-5:15
Porter Branch

Gift Wrap Workshop!
Learn how to wrap your holiday gifts with flair! Books, activities, and crafts!
Friday, December 20, 4:30-5:15
Salem Church Branch


Oyster Wreath
Design an oyster greenery wreath.
Thursday, December 19, 6:30 - 8:00
Montross Branch



Christmas Customs Around the World
Our Christmas holiday owes a lot of its fun and joy to celebrations around the world with roots that extend far back in history. Do you hang stockings by the mantle or display a nativity scene, also called a crèche, depicting the birth of Christ? During the month of December, churches may be hung with evergreens, and often children perform in nativity plays. Many churches will hold special services both on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Magical Christmas Books
With all its holiday traditions and celebrations, December is a magical month. Prepare for Christmas with some of these great holiday books from the library.

Make a Gingerbread House
Gumdrops, lollipops, chocolate squares, jelly bears, and peppermint candies. The sky is the limit as far as decorating your own gingerbread house. They are a ton of fun to decorate, but first you need to make the house itself. Read on to learn how.

Nutcracker Sweets

On Christmas Eve, a young girl dreams her beloved toy comes to life. He becomes her Nutcracker Prince and dances his Clara through the land of sweets and defeats the wicked Mouse King. Perhaps you've seen the ballet-- it's so popular that many ballet schools make it their featured holiday production year after year.

The Real Twelve Days of Christmas
Everything from those chocolate-filled Advent calendars, hastily discarded on Christmas Eve as the last morsel is devoured, to the rush for New Year's sales make it all seem as though Christmas is nothing more than a few hours of celebrations. It need not be so. In older times and other countries, the day marking Christ's birth was only the beginning of the holiday that continues until January 5. On January 6, Epiphany is celebrated to remember the visitation of the Three Wise Men.


Bah Humbug!
When you don't want to get into the holiday spirit! 

Christmas Askew
This Christmas why not curl up in front of the fire with your hot toddy and one of these great non-traditional holiday stories? They're good for a laugh, a tingle, a thrill or a scare. These aren't your father's warm, fuzzy, "I'll be home for Christmas" sentimental reads! 

Christmas Cookies
Baking Christmas cookies is one of the happiest tasks of the season. Baking with your friends and family gives you a chance to spend time together and make memories. Learn new recipes and get decorating ideas from these wonderful books - and enjoy! 

Christmas Memories
The meaning of Christmas may not come to us until we are older. Looking back, it's easier to see the heartache and joys for the lessons and gifts they were.

Mistletoe Mysteries
The holidays should be a time of goodwill towards all, but in these titles you'll find that not everyone has peaceful holiday plans! 

Music for the Holidays

Nonfiction for the Holidays