Hallmark Christmas Movies: New at the Library in 2018

The holiday season is quickly approaching. And though I firmly believe that the first sighting of Santa should be at the end of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade, the Hallmark Channel began their Christmas movies before Halloween this year. However, never fear, they will be replaying them all season long, and you have plenty of…
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If you love the Hallmark Channel’s Christmas Movies, Check Out the Books!

Every year the Hallmark Channel releases a fabulous slate of Christmas movies. But did you know that many of these movies are based on books? Two of the new movies for 2018 are based on titles you can pick up at your favorite branch of the St. Tammany Parish Library.  Movie: Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe…
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Reduce Holiday Shopping Stress – Consumer Reports™ Info is Free from Your Library

Holiday shopping can be so hectic. Are you thinking about buying something special for your family for Christmas? Considering a new TV or smartphone? There are so many choices out there it can be overwhelming! Before you make that next big purchase, take a look at Consumer Reports™. Many of you may already know that copies of Consumer…
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Iceland’s Christmas Book Giving Tradition

Iceland has a charming literary Christmas tradition called Jólabókaflóð (pronounced yo-luh-BOK-uh-flot; the o's have the long Ō sound), which in English literally means "Yule Book Flood." This exciting season begins each year in mid-November, when the Icelandic book industry distributes their catalog, the Bókatíðindi (literally "book news"). A free copy of this catalog is sent…
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Holiday Baking

'Tis the season for baking up special treats, and we are definitely looking forward to making cookies for Santa. The origin of leaving out milk and cookies for Santa Claus is still up for debate. NPR suggests we thank the Dutch for cookies and the Victorians for their hospitality. The History Channel traces the origin…
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A Hallmark Holiday

It's December, which means the Hallmark Channel has already started showing brand-new Christmas movies. Well, they actually started in October, but some of us here at the library are holiday purists. We like to wait until after Thanksgiving to start our Christmas movie marathons.  Between the Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, there will…
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