Laugh along to the holidays with this CCPL list
Special to the Whig
With the holiday season quickly approaching, the good folks at the Cecil County Public Library thought to assemble a list of books (and a movie) that offer a humorous take on the season.
Have some laughs. Be merry. Enjoy yourself. Holidays on Ice (1997) By David Sedaris These hilarious non-fiction stories will remind you of why David Sedaris is considered one of the funniest writers alive. His darkly play- ful humor is evident as he recalls his own experience as a Macy’s elf, and in “Seasons Greetings to Our Friends and Family!!” he recounts how a suburban Christmas letter spirals out of control. There is a holiday message here, but it is mostly just fun! Flight of the Reindeer
(2013) By Robert Sullivan and Glenn Wolff
You’ll be convinced! In “Flight of the Reindeer,” the author provides proof that Santa is real and that reindeer can fly. He collects evidence from real celebrities and scientists in the hopes of convincing children on the brink of nonbelief (and adults who have stopped believing) that Santa is not just a myth. Comfort and Joy: A Novel (2011) By India Knight Mother of three and twice-divorced Clara Dunphy loves Christmas. But despite the madness of the holidays she is trying to put together the perfect celebration. “Comfort and Joy” is a funny and poignant look at families and festivities. You will laugh out loud and be touched by real emotion, though it will never be saccharine sweet!
Busy Body (2011) By M.C. Beaton After he all but ruined the holiday festivities in the cozy village of Carsley, a local “Scrooge” is found murdered. Members of the Carsley Ladies Society were willing to do anything to stop
We chronicle a lot of wacky holidays in these roundups, but few have been quite as random as National Lemon Cupcake Day.
From what we can find, it takes place every Dec. 15 (this Thursday), and there’s really no reason for its existence, except that lemon cupcakes probably didn’t have a day of recognition before this. Anyway, who really cares about the origin? It’s an excuse to eat a cupcake, and those should be taken advantage of at every opportunity.
For lemon cupcakes, after all, it only comes around year.oncea B reak out your ugliest sweater
There are many good parts of the holiday season, but none are quite as satisfying as the ugly sweater tradition. Thankfully, you don’t have to wait much longer to break yours out again.
On Friday, from 7 to 11 p.m., the American Legion Cecil Post 15, at 129 W. Main St., Elkton, will host a free ugly sweater party fundraiser. They’ll have some light food, dancing, raffles and silent auction items to keep you busy. And if you needed more incentive to look as goofy as possible, they plan to give out prizes for the ugliest sweaters.
Contact the Legion at 410-398-9720 for more information. Stop by the D&M Garden Railroad for Santa
(and trains) Don Lebos’s backyard and model train town will once again open to the public from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 18. Christmas spirit will be in the air, organizers have assured us. Santa will be in attendance, and he’s willing to take pictures with visitors (and, better yet, to email the pictures afterwards).
This event will be a bit smaller than the one held in early September, but as always, donations are appreciated and will go to the Union Hospital Cancer Resource Center.
The house is located at 2618 Blue Ball Rd., Elkton, and you can call 410-398-0188 for more information and/or directions. him, but it appears someone beat them to it. Now it is up to Agatha Raisin’s detective agency to find the killer before they strike again. It’s the perfect blend of humor and mystery. Arthur Christmas (2011)
Directed by Sarah Smith and Barry Cook (DVD)
With an all- star British
By James Bowen You Better Not Cry: Stories for Christmas (2009) By Augusten Burroughs Hot Flash Holidays: A Novel (2006) By Nancy Thayer Rest Ye Murdered Gentlemen (2015) By Vicki Delany Skipping Christmas (2010) By John Grisham I Am Half Sick of Shadows (2012) By Alan Bradley