On the fourth day of Christmas…

December 25, 2012 by  

The 12 days of Christmas run from today, December 25, through January 5, so those who feel a little deflated tomorrow should consider celebrating the entire season. Events on the community calendar may help then relax and settle into the Christmas spirit during those 12days.

The PatchogueMedford Library kicks off its young adult Winter Reading Club on the second day of Christmas, and it runs the whole dozen days and beyond, concluding at the end of February. Participants reporting on three books will receive a free book — those completing the most books during the period will also receive prizes.

On the fourth day of Christmas, the library will also host a Holiday Movie Marathon from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm, including The Muppet Christmas Carol, Elf, and Mouse Hunt.

The Gateway will continue to perform Irving Berlin’s ‘White Christmas’ through December 30 (the sixth day of Christmas) at the Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts.

The seventh and eighth days — New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day —will offer dozens of celebratory options throughout the region. Details of public gatherings for the New Year tend to be disseminated in local newspapers, through flyer printing, and online.

Finally, while Twelfth Night celebrations are still not common in the U.S., that merely presents an opportunity to be the first of one’s friends to host a January 5 gathering. In keeping with custom, silliness, party games and selection a King or Mistress of Misrule tend to guarantee a good time. Spending 12 days really reveling in Christmas, after all the preparations, can reinvigorate enjoyment of the holidays.