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Explore Holiday Traditions – Old and New

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Recently a co-worker and I were discussing the decorations of our Christmas trees. We both have a tradition of buying our children a new ornament each year. That got me thinking about some of the other traditions families have during the holidays. 

I fondly remember attending candlelight service with my grandmother when I was a child, and driving to my great aunt and uncles home near Milacs Lake to cut down a fresh tree at Thanksgiving to bring home for the family to decorate. 

Now with my own children we have established our own traditions. We began going to the movies on Christmas Day and last year we visited the National Christmas Tree. I’m not sure that all of these traditions will endure, but I do know it doesn’t matter how big or small these traditions are, it’s all about doing something with the family.

What are some of your holiday traditions? Do you listen to holiday music while decorating the tree? Or watch A Christmas Story or It’s a Wonderful Life? Perhaps you hang your stockings on the mantle and leave cookies and milk for Santa Claus. Let’s not forget reading ‘Twas the Night before Christmas too! 

Whatever your holiday tradition, the Fauquier County Public Library has resources to help you continue your family traditions or even begin a new tradition that your family will cherish for years to come.

Christmas Traditions by William Muir Auld

Published in 1931, this title offers a glimpse of early Christmas traditions.

Baking: more than 350 recipes plus tips and techniques

This baking book offers recipes and tips to help you master holiday baking.

Christmas Decorations from Williamsburg’s Folk Art Collection.

This title offers step-by-step illustrated instruction for more than 50 folk art ornaments.


The Reader’s Digest Merry Christmas Songbook.

A songbook full of some of our favorite Christmas and holiday music.

Wishing you and yours a happy holiday, filled with your holiday traditions! 

Jody @ Warrenton reference

Looking for more book lists and staff suggestions? Stop by the reference desk at your local library. For online book lists published prior to Jan. 2015, visit Book Notes, our blog all about books.


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