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

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