Everybody seems to have heard a story about a child who was terrified of visiting Father Christmas. Or when some people get out their own Santa photos, they realise they look decidedly uncomfortable sitting on the weird looking man’s knee, surrounded by red satin and masses of snowy hair and beard.
The Leader Messenger printed a photograph of two little cuties visiting Santa at the Clovercrest Shopping Centre, on the cover of the edition of 7 December 1966. The girl on the left of the photo looks quite apprehensive, while the younger child on the right could be wondering “What are you?” And who is the ‘intruder’ peering out from behind Santa, is she a sibling or just a girl wanting to be in the local paper?
Nevertheless, Clovercrest Shopping Centre must have deemed the girls photogenic enough to reuse the image in a full page advertisement, on page 2 of the Messenger on 14 December. If you were one of the children pictured, we would love to know!
Every year, do you mechanically write out your Christmas cards at the last minute, using the same message for everybody, while getting a sore wrist?
Do you write “Merry Christmas and best wishes for the coming year, love from…” Even if that is what the card’s verse basically says?
Or do you cringe when you have selected or made a beautiful blank card that needs a message? If you would like to saysomething more poetic and personalised, then Just the Right Christmas Words could be what you need.
Judith Wibberley has created a selection of messages that you can use for your festive cards and invitations, to make the people who receive them feel special. She includes a variety of wording for Christmas and New Year greetings in both prose and in verse. There are messages for loved ones and different relatives, including families who have a new child.
Judith also writes for friends who are living overseas or serving in the armed forces. She includes a special section for Christian messages and for writing to Jewish friends celebrating Hanukkah. So as is noted on page 155 of Just the Right Christmas Words,“This Christmas, Spend a little, Laugh a lot, And enjoy.”
You can reserve Just the Right Christmas Words through the online catalogue or enquire when you visit the Library.
You can change a child’s whole life with the gift of a book. This year the Tea Tree Gully Library received 62 children’s books donated by members of our community – a great show of kindness and goodwill. All of the books have been presented to the Tea Tree Gully Salvation Army and will be distributed to children in need within our community. For some children, this will be the first book they have ever owned.
The books our patrons donated at the base of the Tea Tree Gully Library’s Christmas tree
The ‘Give the Gift of Reading’ program encourages members of our community to purchase a new children’s book and donate it to the Library, to pass on to children from needy families. The initiative was first developed and implemented by the City of Playford Library in 2012 to address shortfalls in literacy skills within their community. This year, over 24 public libraries participated in South Australia.
Eleanor and Jenifer from the Tea Tree Gully Salvation Army receiving our books. They will be distributed to needy children
A room full of toys for kids this Christmas….the donated books are on the left
To recognise our appreciation of our patron’s generous donations, the Library asked participants to fill out a ‘wish tag’ to be in the draw to win a $100 ABC Shop gift voucher. This year our winner was awarded to William Ireton, age 13.
William the winner
A book is a gift that can open again, and again. The early years in a child’s life are an important time as they develop literacy skills that will be used over a lifetime.
Thank you to everyone who took the time to purchase a children’s book and come into the library to put it under the Christmas tree. We were overwhelmed by your kindness and are happy to see the community spirit is alive and strong in Tea Tree Gully. Merry Christmas and happy festivities to all.
Christmas in Victorian times conjures up visions such as a happy family gathered around a brightly lit Christmas trees, plump Christmas puddings, an old fashioned Santa surrounded by laughing children awaiting their gifts and scenes from Dicken’s A Christmas Carol. However, there was a darker side to the Victorian Christmas experience, which to our modern sensibilities seems macabre and very strange.
In Christmas curiosities: Old, dark and forgotten Christmas author John Grossman draws on an extensive collection of antique greeting cards, postcards, advertising material and other ephemera to explore a different world of 19th century Christmas celebrations.
Grossman shows us two Christmas cards from the 1880s which feature beautifully drawn images of dead birds and which wish their recipients “May yours be a Joyful Christmas” and “A Loving Christmas Greeting”. He says that a picture of a dead robin or wren (both bird species were beloved and considered sacred in British folklore) were “bound to elicit Victorian sympathy and may reference common stories of poor children freezing to death at Christmas”. Was this a genuine attempt to raise awareness of social injustice and change society or would the person who received such a card really just smugly consider themselves better off than a homeless orphan?
Continental children were not spared the horror of Christmas. When Santa Claus comes to town we sing that he is going to “find out who’s naughty and nice”. In Europe during throughout the 19th and early 20th century, the holy St. Nicholas enlisted the devil to help with his deliveries. St. Nicholas gave out treats to well-behaved children, while the devil, who appeared in many guises, kidnapped the bad kids and beat them with a stick! Perhaps “Grub vom Krampus” (Greetings from Krampus) in Germanic Christmas tradition, served as a warning akin to “You better watch out!”
Quirky or just plain scary? Why not decide for yourself by putting a hold on Christmas curiosities: Old, dark and forgotten Christmas, or check out any of our thousands of Christmas related resources through the library catalogue.
Tea Tree Gully Library will be closed over the Christmas – New Year period.
On Christmas Eve Wednesday 24 December the Library will be open 9am – noon. Note we have a special opening time of 9am so you can get some last minute books, CDs, DVDs and magazines before the Christmas break!
The Library will be closed from 25 December – 1 January.
The chutes on the Eastern wall next to the car park will be open if you need to return any items.
The Library will reopen on Friday 2 January at 10am.
Please note Gallery 1855 will be closed from Saturday 20 December 2014 and will reopen Wednesday 14 January 2015.
To all our library and gallery patrons, thank you for supporting our endeavours in 2014. We hope you all have a fantastic Christmas and New Year, and that it gives you some time to enjoy life at a slower pace. See you in 2015!
Two wrapped boxes of chocolates waiting for us in the return chute this morning.
To the two mystery library customers who placed a box of chocolates in the return chute overnight. The boxes have been shared amongst staff working today and brought us much Christmas Cheer. It was a lovely gesture. Thank you to whoever you are!
We will be closed over the Christmas New Year period on the following dates.
Tuesday 24 December open 9am to 12 noon.
On Christmas Eve we have a special opening time of 9am so you can grab some last minute reading before the break!
25 December until 1 January inclusive – Library will be closed.
The chutes on the Eastern wall next to the car park will be open if you need to return anything.
We reopen on Thursday 2 January at 10am.
We wish all our library patrons a happy and safe Christmas and New Year!