Seven-year-old Sarah* curled up with a book in a camel-colored leather chair in Ruth’s Attic bookstore. Nearby, her teen sister browsed the shelves. This is a familiar scenario for the Kirtleys, who have made Christmas at the Library a family tradition.
“We love the nativity and the story [of Christmas],” said their mom, Nicole Riley-Kirtley. “We’ve been coming the last five or six years. My kids always think about the toys and what they’re going to get for Christmas, and we want it to be more than that,” she said.
“This gives them things to touch, questions to ask. We’re opening that door by the experiences we have.
“It helps us have those conversations,” she added, including talks about Christmas—which celebrates the birth of Christ—and also trusting Him for salvation.