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Suggested Viewing

A Taste of Chanukah (A Celebration of the Joys & Music of the Holiday) – V-Cass BM 695 H3 T38 1999  /  1999  60 min.  color
Celebrate Chanukah with this spectacular holiday concert hosted by stage and screen legend Theodore Bikel and musical director Hankus Netsky.


Amahl and the Night Visitors (Opera/Menotti) -- V-Cass M 1503 M5494 A4 1986  /  1979  52 min.  color

A crippled boy has only his crutches to offer the Holy Child.  these he gives to the Magi and is healed.

A Child's Christmas in Wales -- V-Cass PN 1997 C445 1988  /  1987  55 min.  color
It's Christmas Eve, and the radiant anticipation of the next day will not allow young Thomas to sleep.  Stirred by his beloved grandson's enthusiasm, Old Geraint relates his touching memories of a Christmas gone by.  Based on the poem by Dylan Thomas.

A Christmas Story (20th Anniversary) – DV-Disc PN 1997 C456 2003  /  1983  93 min.  color  Languages: English, French  Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
The story about a little boy's overwhelming obsession to acquire a Red Ryder BB-gun for Christmas.  The little boy encounters neighborhood bullies, a heartless teacher, and endless warnings of the dangers of owning a BB-gun in his quest for this ultimate Christmas gift.  Disc 2 Extras include: Original readings by Jean Shepard, Another Christmas Story documentary with cast members and the director, Get a Leg Up and The Daisy Red Ryder featurettes, Triple Dog Dare interactive trivia, decoder match challenge, hidden Easter Eggs, and the original theatrical trailer.

Christmas Unwrapped: The History of Christmas – DV-Disc GT 4985 C48 2005  /  1997  50 min.  b&w-color  Languages: English
This program traces the emergence of the modern-day Christmas celebration from pagan festivals, such as the Roman Saturnalia, to British settlers in the New World transforming the patron saint of children into the enduring figure of Santa Claus.

Stream: Gift of the Magi (O’Henry)  /  20 min.
“One dollar and eighty-seven cents. And the next day would be Christmas.” And so we begin O. Henry’s best-known and timeless story. It’s a wonderful romantic tale of a young married couple who have little money to buy each other Christmas presents—with a charming surprise ending. Starring Rosemary Deleonardis, Kiah Gordon, David A. Silverstein, Linda Stiegler, and Adrienne Storrs. Adapted for the screen and directed by Scott Mansfield.

Hail Mary (Subtitled) -- V-Cass PN 1997 J32 1986  /  French  1985  80 min.  color
An irreverent twentieth century update of the story of the birth of Christ.

Holiday Inn – DV-Disc PN 1997 H65 2008  /  1942  101 min.  b&w-color  Languages: English  Subtitles: English, French, Spanish (Includes both a black & white and color version)
A former song and dance man with an inn in New England is saved from financial disaster and a forlorn Christmas by the showmanship of old friends.

In Search of Christmas – DV-Disc BT 315.2 I5 2004  /  2001  100 min.  color  Languages: English
A fascinating survey balancing belief, tradition and archeology to examine the familiar stories surrounding Christmas. Find out why many biblical scholars believe that the three wise men were astrologers, not kings. Discover what natural phenomenon might account for the appearance of the Star of Bethlehem. And hear from the growing number of experts who believe that Christ was not born in Bethlehem, but in Nazareth, and that His true birthday was in April, six years before the long-accepted date.

It’s a Wonderful Life – DV-Disc PN 1997 I87 2007  /  1946  130 min.  b&w  Languages: English, French  Subtitles: English
Frustrated by his current business and personal setbacks, George Bailey prepares to commit suicide until he is shown by his guardian angel what an accomplishment his honest life has been.

Jesus of Nazareth -- V-Cass PN 1997 J395 1986 pt.1-3  /  1976  376 min.  color
Maintaining the perfect balance between religious fervor and realism, this is a unique film depicting the life of Christ from his birth through his resurrection.

Joyeux Noel (Merry Christmas) – DV-Disc PN 1997.2 J69 2006  /  2006  116 min.  color  Languages: French, English, German  Subtitles: English, Spanish, Portuguese
A true-life story of the spontaneous Christmas Eve truce declared by Scottish, French and German troops in the trenches of World War I.  Enemies leave their weapons behind for one night as they band together in brotherhood and forget about the brutalities of war.

Stream: A Matter of Principle /  56 min.
Scrooge may be alive and well and living in West Virginia in the person of Flagg Purdy. He won’t pay the county phone tax, and he won’t allow his wife and 11 children to celebrate any holiday. He rules his life, and theirs, by his “principles.” But something has just happened to his well-ordered universe. Flagg’s favorite daughter has decided to get married and to celebrate a certain winter holiday, complete with a tree and presents. Christmas is coming to the Purdy household. The serious, and often hilarious, family confrontations that follow sow the seed of women’s liberation and confront Purdy with the question of whether love is more important than pride. A story of love, devotion, relationships, and Christmas adapted for PBS from writer John D. Weaver’s humorous story starring award-winning actor Alan Arkin and his real-life wife, Barbara Dana.  Written by Nancy Miller and Neal Miller, and directed by Gwen Arner.

Messiah (Foundling Hospital Version 1754) -- V-Cass M 2000 H22 M4 1983  /  1983  145 min.  color
Recorded in Westminster Abbey using instruments from Handel's time, this production features a chorus of boy trebles and men.

Mr. Krueger’s Christmas – V-Cass PN 1997 M7 1980  /  1980  26 min.  color
The true message of Christmas is shared by a widower with whomever he meets.

Stream: Nutcracker – from the Royal Opera House  /  108 min.
This perennial favorite draws on E. T. A. Hoffmann’s Christmas fantasy, in which a young girl finds herself caught up in a night of magical adventures. Tchaikovsky’s well-known score, the exquisite choreography, and entrancing imagery combine to create one of the most popular ballets in the world. Called “a perfectly executed confection” by The Classical Source, the Royal Opera House staging features period costume and detailed sets evoking a lavish 19th-century holiday season. This Christmas 2009 performance marks the 25th anniversary of Peter Wright’s Royal Opera House production, which he based on the 1892 Ivanov original.

Santa Claus (BIOGRAPHY) – V-Cass GT 4992 S35 1994  /  1994  50 min.  color
The legend of Santa Claus was born in the second century, when a man achieved sainthood by performing good deeds on behalf of children. Who was he and how did he reach such mythic proportions? In archival footage, historic artwork, personal interviews, and TV and film clips, you'll discover the fact, fiction, and fun of Santa Claus.

White Christmas -- V-Cass PN 1997 I738 1988  /  1954  120 min.  color
Two talented song-and-dance men team up after the war to become one of the hottest acts in show business.  One winter, they join forces with a sister act and trek to Vermont for a white Christmas.


The Celebration of Kwanzaa: Echos of Africa — V-Cass GT 4403 C44 1996 / 1996 30 min.  color
Celebrating the African-American holiday of Kwanzaa, giving thanks for first fruits and rekindling important principles for seven days.

Kwanzaa: A Cultural Celebration – V-Cass GT 4403 K83 1993  /  1993  30 min.  color
Several presenters explain the symbols, gifts, values, celebration and history of the harvest festival Kwanzaa holiday, observed December 26-January 1.
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