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Many cultures celebrate holidays with lights

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Many cultures around the world have a celebration that centers around the use of light.

Though these festivals span across many countries, that so many share this central theme shows how alike cultures around the world can be despite their many other differences. This Saturday, the Library is presenting a special program called the Celebration of Lights. To promote diversity and multiculturalism, Michele Massey will be giving a presentation about various festivals, celebrations and holidays around the world that revolve around the use of light. There will be examples of these different light sources with information about each festivity. Afterward, there will be supplies provided to make your own votive candle holder to take home with you. This program is free and open to all ages. Arrive early for seating.

For more information, contact the library by calling 575-622-7101, visit us at 301 N. Pennsylvania Ave. or the website at roswell-nm.gov/405/Roswell-Public-Library.

Book Talk by Bianca Cheney, YA/AV librarian

Can you believe that Thanksgiving is just around the corner — and soon it will be Christmas. Do you want to have the best Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner ever? Fine Cooking Magazine has published a one-stop book for all your dinner ideas, starting with how to select the best ingredients, what to prepare ahead of time, how to make the most of your time on Turkey Day, creating the yummiest desserts and ending with how to be creative with the leftovers.

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Let’s start at the beginning — with the planning. It’s best to write everything down and do what you can ahead of time. How many people are you feeding? How hard do you want to work? Do you want others to bring dishes? Do you or your guests have food allergies or is someone on a strict diet? How elaborate do you want to decorate? Figure out what time you want to eat and back up all your recipe cooking times from there. You can easily make several dishes a few days or a week ahead of time and reheat them when the turkey comes out of the oven.

There are so many great recipes and beautiful pictures to go with them. There is a whole chapter on potatoes — with numerous tips to make them fabulous. There are traditional as well as unusual vegetable ideas. Want to try a different method of cooking your turkey? Instructions are inside. The recipe steps are clear and easy to follow. The desserts look scrumptious, black forest trifle or triple chocolate ice cream pie, oh my!

There’s not enough room here to share with you all the expert tips and tricks for creating a fantastic holiday dinner. You’ll just have to check out the book, “How to Cook a Turkey: And All the Other Trimmings.”

Also, check out “Christmas Cooking from the Heart” by Better Homes and Gardens. It features a collection of internationally inspired holiday recipes along with stories of Christmas traditions from around the world. This is not just a cookbook — there are grand Christmas feasts, terrific table decorating ideas, great gift suggestions and instructions to create a fabulous fairy tale cottage, just like Hansel and Gretel found in the forest. You can find both of these books in the cooking section of adult non-fiction.

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