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Fill Your Head and Heart With Jolliness at BPL’s Holly Jolly Holiday

For years now, I’ve intermittently had the song “Silver Bells” pop into my head, uninvited and apropos of nothing, at all times of year. I just go with it, but it’s a lyrical lie, in say, June. It’s Christmas time in the city? No, it isn’t. Soon it will be Christmas day? Not unless your definition of soon is like that of those nefarious people who tell you they’ll be somewhere soon, but in reality they’re still sitting at home like this. Well, we’ve thankfully reached the tiny portion of the year when having carols playing on your personal internal jukebox is not just seasonally appropriate, but a barometer of your festiveness. If you’re not as blursed (blessed + cursed) as I am with the natural merrymaking music, the library has just the thing to stuff your stocking full of cheer.

This coming Saturday, December 15, our Holly Jolly Holiday event is coming to town once again for a fifth glorious year. This totally free holiday celebration is fit for the entire family and will kick off with the puppet show “Peppermint Twist” by the always-entertaining Le Theatre de Marionette at 11 AM. For our young trainiacs, we’ll have trackless train rides outside of the building from 11 AM to 2 PM. If you’re Kringling for some holiday tunes like my jam “Silver Bells” or my latest obsession (just ask my officemates), “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas,” take in the snow globe-smooth sounds of the Uptown Carolers from 12 to 2 PM.

This year, we have a very special treat: a real, live reindeer! Paired with a sleigh, this most iconic of yuletide creatures will be available for photo ops from 12 to 2 PM. At 2 PM, the Dallas Ukulele Headquarters will be performing uked out versions of all your holiday favorites. Wee ones can get a merry makeover with face painting and accessorize their new look with balloon art from 12 to 3 PM. Amidst all the holiday hubbub, the one and only Mrs. Claus will drop in for a special visit.

All throughout the day, we’ll have arts and crafts, ornament making on the library’s laser engraver, and hot chocolate and other refreshments to enjoy. Gather the family and come fill your heads and hearts with holiday goodness.

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