The Bookmark: Carnegie loves the Holiday Season


By SUSAN CRUTCHFIELD, Special to The Paper

The holiday season is a special time of year.

My family and I celebrate Christmas and we have lots of fun traditions. I have four sisters so the holidays have always been a fun and busy time for us.  We have a Christmas cookie baking day every year which is one of my favorite events of the year.  Instead of doing stockings we do Christmas baskets. You can fit a lot more stocking stuffers in baskets! One year we did a hygge Christmas where we wore PJs and ate soup. It was amazing! 

I think the holiday season in downtown Newnan is spectacular and represents many years of Christmas traditions in our community. The lights and the decorations make it so festive. As soon as that big Christmas wreath goes up in the front window of the Carnegie Library we know the holiday season has officially begun. There are so many fun events downtown and all around Coweta County. The Carnegie Library will be getting into the spirit this year by hosting several of these special events. 

First up, we hosted Santa Claus on December 2nd for the Stories from the North Pole Variety Show. Magician Dewayne Reynolds put on an excellent show.  We will be holding our sixth annual Polar Express Pajama Party on Friday, December 9th. We decorate cookies, drink hot chocolate and then watch the movie. This is always such a fun event. 

For the adults in our community, we have a Holiday Ornament craft on Thursday, December 15th. And before the busyness of the holiday season overwhelms you, take an hour on Friday, December 16th for Sound Healing, where we work through some guided breath-work practices to help center and focus the mind, followed by an immersion of sound allowing you to drift into a meditative state. 

All these programs do require advanced registration so please visit our website at to find the registration links and more information on each program. 

And I would be remiss if I didn’t suggest a few books to read this month: In a Holidaze by Christina Lauren, The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry, The Matzah Ball by Jean Meltzer, A Chirstmas Carol by Charles Dickens, The Deal of a Lifetime by Fredrik Backman, Little Women by Luisa May Alcott, and One Day in December by Josie Silver.  

I want to wish everyone a very happy and safe holiday season and here’s to an amazing 2023! Can’t wait to see you all at the Carnegie! 

Susan Crutchfield is the director of the Carnegie Library in Historic Downtown Newnan. She also is a professional photographer and enjoys volunteering with the Newnan ArtRez and the Newnan Theatre Company.

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