On the evening of Saturday, December 1st, the third annual Christmas Carol Celebration at Malvern Public Library drew a large crowd of both listeners and storytellers - nearly 60 people altogether - and those three hours were easily the highlight of my year for all of the warmth and cheer they delivered. There was something so magical about the feeling of anticipation that came from gathering together in close quarters to usher in the spirit of the season in the midst of that unexpected snowstorm. The caroling, the music, laughter and occasional happy tears found in the sharing of memories from Christmases long ago - all of these gave the library such a warm and comforting glow.
As always, Michael Formhals did an excellent job filling his role as Malvern’s expert on all things “Charles Dickens”. Drawing connections between some of today’s most beloved classic Christmas stories like How the Grinch Stole Christmas! and A Christmas Carol on their shared themes of redemption made for some thoughtful pause, and by the time everyone lined up to sample the Formhals’ delicious homemade figgy pudding at evening’s end, it was clear to me that the contagious Christmas spirit had leapt straight out of the pages of Dickens’ world and found its way into the heart of every man, woman and child present within this old library’s walls.
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