Memory Tree is being hosted by the BHC library

Literary Junction
By Ray Dale / Public Services Librarian
Thursday, December 6, 2018
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The Christmas season has arrived and with it the decorations. We are a little shorthanded at the Big Horn County Library, but we are working hard to get the decorating done. Once again, our ledge looks great and the tree will be going up this week.

Along with the decorations, the library will be providing visits from Santa to various locations around the area. Santa will be visiting St. Charles Pre School at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 7. Next week, he’ll be here for story time in the children’s department at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 12, then he’ll be back for the general public from 2-5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 14. Santa visits will be going on right up until the 21st of December.

The whole Christmas season is for most a happy time when we typically enjoy the company of loved ones. When those loved ones have passed away, however, this can be a particularly difficult time of year. While it’s not the same as having family members here with us, we can at least take some solace in their memory and the joy they brought us. Toward that end, the library will be hosting the Memory Tree.

A Christmas tree has been placed on the first floor in front of the videos with lights on it, but no ornaments. On a table in front of the tree are boxes of ornaments. Anyone who has lost someone to cancer is invited to write the name of that person on an ornament with the black sharpie pen provided and place that ornament on the tree. It is our hope the memories shared on the tree will help to brighten each person’s Christmas just a little bit.

This is the fifth year to host the Memory Tree, which was placed here by the Southeastern Montana Tobacco Use Prevention Program. Their purpose is two-fold: To allow people the opportunity to not only enjoy the memory of their loved ones, but to share it as well, and also to promote awareness of the dangers of tobacco use. It truly is a blessing to watch the tree fill up with the memories of patrons each Christmas.

Anyone is welcome to honor the memory of their loved ones by placing an ornament on the Memory Tree. Ornaments are provided free of charge and the tree will be up through Christmas.

We at the Big Horn County Library would like to wish everyone a happy and safe Christmas season.