Santa Claus holds 1-month-old Nyalisa Arias at the Copperas Cove Library on Dec. 19.

Nothing says Christmas like Santa Claus, warm cider and Christmas carols — exactly what the Copperas Cove Public Library offered at its family Christmas celebration Dec. 19. About 90 children and adults turned out for the festivities.

“It was a pretty big crowd,” Library Director Kevin Marsh said. “(It was) more than expected.”

Marsh and library assistant, Martha Dye, read excerpts from books such as “Chronicles of Narnia” by C.S. Lewis and “Olive, the Other Reindeer” by J. Otto Seibold.

Attendees made sparkling Christmas ornaments and enjoyed cookies and wassail, one of Marsh’s favorite recipes for warm cider.

“Kids and adults seemed to have a lot of fun with that,” Marsh said.

“There were sequins and glitter and a lot of people having fun making ornaments.”

The Copperas Cove High School Choir Carolers also performed their renditions of traditional Christmas carols, such as “Deck the Halls,” which Dye said was her favorite part of the evening.

“I was excited that the Copperas Cove Choir Carolers came to sing,” Dye said. “Live music is always fun.”

Having Santa join the celebration was another highlight for Dye, as she watched parents smiling and snapping pictures of their little ones on Santa’s lap.

Because there was such a big turnout, the library plans to continue in the tradition of hosting family Christmas celebrations each year.

“We were happily surprised about the turnout,” Marsh said. “We are hoping for a bigger and better program next year.”

To reach Azeita Taylor, the Copperas Cove Herald office at 254-501-7476.

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