Holiday movies, albums, books, and TV specials

this is the good stuff enough media to stuff your face, and then stockings for a family of five

V1 Staff

20 MUST-SEE MOVIES

  • A Christmas Story
  • It’s a Wonderful Life
  • Miracle on 34th Street 
  • Nightmare Before Christmas 
  • Elf 
  • Home for the Holidays 
  • Home Alone 
  • Planes, Trains, & Automobiles
  • A Christmas Carol* 
  • Hannah and Her Sisters
  • Gremlins 
  • Prancer 
  • Bad Santa
  • The Santa Clause 
  • Christmas Vacation
  • Pieces of April
  • The New World

* Which version depends on your age. 40-60s like the 1951 one or Scrooged, under 10 like Muppets or Mickey, teens like 2009 with Jim Carrey, and our elitist managing editor prefers the 1938 one.

Reading is jolly good fun.
 
Reading is jolly good fun.
20 MUST-READ STORIES/BOOKS

  • Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving 
  • The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
  • The Polar Express 
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas 
  • Twas the Night Before Christmas 
  • A Christmas Carol or Marly’s Ghost: A Remix 
  • Winter’s Tale: An Original Pop-Up 
  • Who Would Like a Christmas Tree?:
  • A Tree for All Seasons 
  • Look Alikes Christmas: the More You Look, the More You See! 
  • Truce: The Day the Soldiers Stopped Fighting 
  • Jan Brett’s Christmas Treasury 
  • The Gingerbread Pirates 
  • I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie 
  • Fried Feathers for Thanksgiving 
  • The Hoboken Chicken Emergency 
  • How Many Days to America*
  • Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins & The Chanukkah Guest 
  • The Three French Hens Seven Spools of Thread 
  • Habari Gani?: What’s the News?

* Local!

A hunk-a burnin' Xmas.
 
A hunk-a burnin' Xmas.
20 MUST-HEAR ALBUMS

  • Time Life Treasury of Christmas
  • An Xmas Gift From Phil Spector
  • Charles Brown Please Come Home for Xmas
  • Now That’s What I Call Christmas
  • Vince Guaraldi Charlie Brown Xmas
  • A Very Special Christmas
  • Elvis Christmas
  • Nat King Cole’s Christmas Album
  • Bing Crosby’s Christmas Classics
  • Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite
  • Ella Fitzgerald Wishes You a Swinging Christmas
  • Andy Williams’ Christmas Album
  • The Ventures’ Christmas Album
  • Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, EC*
  • Merle Haggard A Christmas Present
  • Jackson 5 Christmas Collection
  • Amy Grant Home for Christmas
  • Dr Demento Presents the Greatest Xmas Novelty CD
  • Mannheim Steamroller Christmas
  • Harry Connick Jr When My Heart Finds Christmas

* Local!

Santa's got skinny legs, yo.
 
Santa's got skinny legs, yo.
10 MUST-SEE TV SPECIALS

  • Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas
  • Charlie Brown Christmas
  • The Year Without Santa Claus
  • Frosty the Snowman
  • Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town
  • Emmett Otter’s Jug Band
  • Christmas Mouse on the Mayflower
  • Fay’s 12 Days of Christmas
  • Twas the Night Before Christmas

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