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Favourite Books & Movies for the Holidays

October 31st, 2013

By Carolyn Goolsby

The Christmas season is a time for family gatherings, nights at home curled up with the kids, and some really great stories to tell.  All of us have our own ways of celebrating and passing on the family tradition.  Here are a few of our favourite books and movies for that special Christmas spirit!

BOOKS

The Night Before Christmas

Better known by its opening words,’Twas the night before Christmas…, Clement Clarke Moore’s poem “A Visit from Saint Nicholas” comes to new life in this book, thanks to the stunningly beautiful illustrations of Jan Brett.  Check this one out to read again with your family – but you may find you want a copy just for the art!

 

175 Easy-To-Do Christmas Crafts

Edited by Sharon Dunn Umnik

Deck the Halls with great ideas!  Creches, ornaments, cards and handmade gifts – this book has a wealth of wonderful things to do with your kids.  All crafts are easy for little hands and use easily-available supplies.  Make it a family affair and get in the spirit!

 

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

By Dr. Seuss

I freely admit, this is my all-time favourite Christmas story.  It’s classic and it never gets old, no matter how many times you read it.  Grab this book and your loved ones of all ages, make some cocoa, and curl up to a wonderful story of what the season is all about.  I guarantee, no matter how big your heart may be, it will grow three sizes that day.  (Bonus – your Library has the video, too!)

 

MOVIES

The Polar Express

Chris Van Allsburg was awarded the Caldecott Medal in 1986 for his beautifully illustrated book The Polar Express.  In 2005, the video adaptation became an instant classic as well.  Only those who truly believe can hear the bell…

 

A Charlie Brown Christmas

Parents will remember this from childhood, and it hasn’t gotten old at all.  I remember eagerly checking the TV Listings every year, waiting impatiently for A Charlie Brown Christmas to show up.  Every year, Charlie Brown searches for the meaning of Christmas – and every year, it is as elusive as Lucy’s football.  But with some help from Snoopy, Linus, and a famously scrawny tree, Christmas all makes sense in the end.

 

The Santa Clause

Scott Colvin is a divorced dad, trying to make a good Christmas with his son without too much trouble.  But things don’t go exactly as planned, and Scott gets roped into a contract he never knew he signed!  With his son Charlie, his friends, and some pretty cool elves, Scott learns what being Santa is all about and how Christmas can live in us all.

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