Jessica Day George

Thursday, December 1, 2011

25 Days Until . . .


I love Christmas! I love everything about Christmas! No joke: I even love going to the mall, despite the crowds. Because we're all there to buy presents for people we care about, so what's not to love, right?

But, as many of you know, I love Christmas books, too. And movies. And I love to recommend them. In fact, you cannot avoid my recommendations! So if you do not want these things recommended to you, just look away now!

Let's start with the movies, shall we? Wonderful movies, like-

A Christmas Story
The Muppets' Christmas Carol
A Charlie Brown Christmas
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town
Santa Claus Conquers the Martians! (Mystery Science Theater 3000 edition, of course)

And I'm super excited to see the new movie, Arthur Christmas. Looks like fun!

And to read:

The Legend of Holly Claus, by Brittney Ryan
Let It Snow! by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle
Miracle and Other Christmas Stories, by Connie Willis
Miss Davenport's Christmas, by Marion Chesney (out of print, but a gem of a Regency romance!)
Sammy Keyes and the Runaway Elf, by Wendelin van Draanen
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, by Barbara Robinson
A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens, illustrated by P. J. Lynch
A Child's Christmas in Wales, by Dylan Thomas, illustrated by Chris Raschka

To look at AND read:

Llama Llama Holiday Drama, by Anna Dewdney
Olivia Helps With Christmas, by Ian Falconer
Merry Christmas, Splat! by Rob Scotton
Olive, the Other Reindeer, by J. Otto Seibold and Vivian Walsh
A Wish for Wings That Work, by Berkeley Breathed
Red Ranger Came Calling, by Berkeley Breathed
Santa Calls, by William Joyce
The Christmas Tapestry, by Patricia Polacco
The Polar Express, by Chris van Allsburg
Snowmen at Night, Snowmen at Christmas, by Mark and Caralyn Buehner
A Pirates' Night Before Christmas, by Philip Yates and Sebastia Serra
The Twelve Bots of Christmas, by Nathan Hale
The Christmas Magic, by Lauren Thompson and Jon J. Muth
Song of the Stars, by Sally Lloyd-Jones and Alison Jay

And to listen to:

The Barenaked Ladies: Barenaked for the Holidays
Annie Lennox: A Christmas Cornucopia
Sarah MacLachlan: Wintersong
David Sedaris: Six to Eight Black Men
Stewart McLean: Polly Anderson's Christmas Party
Vince Guaraldi Trio: A Charlie Brown Christmas

Any favorites of yours you'd like to suggest? Feel free to use the comments!

And have a great holiday season (if I don't blog again)!


Lisa said...

I love Rocking Horse Christmas by MAry Pope Osborne. One of my all time favorites :)

Wendy said...

I LOVE David Sedaris--we discovered him with Six to Eight Black Men.

Valette M. said...

Know I'm probably in the minority here, but I really love The Christmas Shoes.

Shelby said...

My family's favorite look-and-read Christmas books are "Olive the Other Reindeer" (we <3 Jack Russels) and "How the Grinch stole Christmas". Our movies are the same:) Elf was hilarious, too. My family just was talking about it...

Merry (early) Christmas!

Mara A. said...

Oh! You watch Mystery Science Theater 3000!!!! I've not seen that one - it sounds wonderfully aweful!

Some of my favorite Christmas movies are:
Little Women
A Christmas Carol (with George C. Scott)
It's a Wonderful Life
BBC's Hound of the Baskervilles (with Richard Roxborough and Ian Hart)
And I LOVE EVERYTHING about Christmas, too. Even the crowded shopping malls. It's hard not to feel the Christmas spirit even there.

Nanakat said...

Please consider adding JACOB T MARLEY by Bennett to your list of Christmas books, especially if you love Dickens' A CHRISTMAS CAROL. Bennett's book adds a whole new look to Scrooge's story, and is very worth reading.

jalissa the kat said...

I love the Muppets Christmas Carol its cute, funny, and...muppeti-ish

Lucy the Carrot said...

I read Let It Snow a few days ago and loved it! Especially the one by Maureen Johnson...........are her other books any good?

Cimorine said...

Happy Christmas! Enjoy Holly Claus (I know I did!) and all your other holiday books, movies, and aduio! I just finished one of your fabulous books (Princess of the Midnight Ball) and I really enjoyed the knitting patterns as well as the story! Your dragon series I read a year eariler, and I just wanted to thank you for writing and to give you my best this Christmas season.

Melissa Laing said...

One of the BEST regency romances just happens to take place at Christmas. It is clean and well written. It's called Marian's Christmas Wish by Carla Kelly.