1. Merry Christmas! С Рождеством Христовым!

    Yes, Christmas is over for those who use the Gregorian calendar, but it’s today for the Eastern Orthodox national churches who use the older Julian calendar. The above book, which weighs approximately 25 pounds, is from 1791 and is so large and so exquisitely beautiful because it was meant to be seen throughout the church while being held up in the air.  It’s a book made to be seen and admired, and it’s on view now in the Library’s Three Faiths exhibit. The connection to today’s Christmas wishes is that this book is from the Russian Orthodox Church.  We can’t help thinking that lifting it overhead would not only show your commitment to your church and God but also be a fantastic workout!