12 Days of Christmas Viewing!

In anticipation of the approaching holidays, the Library will be featuring 12 Christmas/Holiday themed books/movies in the upcoming weeks. This week features three holiday movies for the whole family to enjoy and one book about Christmas on television. Check these out, and more, at the Library!
The Nightmare Before Christmas
By Tim Burton
Enter an extraordinary world filled with magic and wonder — where every holiday has its own special land … and imaginative, one-of-a-kind characters! THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS tells the heartfelt tale of Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King of Halloween Town, and all things that go bump in the night. Bored with the same old tricks and treats, he yearns for something more, and soon stumbles upon the glorious magic of Christmas Town! Jack decides to bring this joyful holiday back to Halloween Town. But as his dream to fill Santa’s shoes unravels, it’s up to Sally, the rag doll who loves him, to stitch things back together. This critically acclaimed movie milestone captured the heart and imagination of audiences everywhere with its Academy Award(R)-nominated stop-motion effects, engaging Grammy(R)-nominated music, and the genius of Tim Burton (BATMAN, PLANET OF THE APES). THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHIRSTMAS — a delightful treat the whole family will enjoy!
Source: http://www.amazon.com/Nightmare-Before-Christmas-Special/dp/6305949980
This movie is located on the 2nd Floor in the Media Collection PN1997.5 .N5 2000
It’s a Wonderful Life
By Frank Capra
George Bailey (played superbly by James Stewart) grows up in the small town of Bedford Falls, dreaming dreams of adventure and travel, but circumstances conspire to keep him enslaved to his home turf. Frustrated by his life, and haunted by an impending scandal, George prepares to commit suicide on Christmas Eve. A heavenly messenger (Henry Travers) arrives to show him a vision: what the world would have been like if George had never been born. The sequence is a vivid depiction of the American Dream gone bad, and probably the wildest thing Capra ever shot (the director’s optimistic vision may have darkened during his experiences making military films in World War II). Capra’s triumph is to acknowledge the difficulties and disappointments of life, while affirming–in the teary-eyed final reel–his cherished values of friendship and individual achievement. It’s a Wonderful Life was not a big hit on its initial release, and it won no Oscars (Capra and Stewart were nominated); but it continues to weave a special magic.
Source: http://www.amazon.com/Its-Wonderful-Life-60th-Anniversary/dp/B000HEWEJO
This movie is located on the 2nd Floor in the Media Collection PN1995.9 .C5113 I758 1998
The Nutcracker
By Peter Tchaikovsky
Live from the Bolshoi Theatre. This 1978 remake is a truly spellbinding version of this Christmas classic. Tchaikovsky’s beloved melodies combine with superb dancing to create pure delight. Starring Yekaterina Maximova, Vladimir Vasiliev, Victor Levashev, and Sergei Radchenko.
Famed Bolshoi duo Yekaterina Maximova and Vladimir Vasiliev star in this production of Tchaikovsky’s beloved ballet, The Nutcracker. Maximova dances the role of Maria, the young girl whose mysterious uncle Drosselmeyer (Victor Levashov) gives her a wooden nutcracker (Vasiliev) for Christmas. When he comes to life, she rescues him from marauding mice and is taken to the Kingdom of Sweets for a series of entertaining divertissements from many nationalities.
Source: http://www.amazon.com/Tchaikovsky-Nutcracker-Maximova-Vasiliev-Bolshoi/dp/B00003M5G8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=dvd&qid=1260800377&sr=1-1
This video is located on the 2nd Floor in the Media Collection M1520 .T35 N8 1999
Christmas on Television
By Diane Werts
Christmas just isn’t Christmas without Christmas on TV. Whether it’s the made-for-television specials of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and “Frosty the Snowman,” a “M*A*S*H*” Christmas in Korea, Kramer playing Santa on “Seinfeld,” or the annual holiday disaster on “The Simpsons” or “South Park,” television’s many representations of this beloved holiday have become as essential a part of our holiday season as lights, gifts, or mistletoe. In this entertaining chronicle of television and the Christmas season Diane Werts weaves discussion of the many programs that have appeared during holiday seasons throughout the years with interviews with writers, producers, and stars. Not only are readers given a chance to re-live their favorite holiday moments on TV, but also to gain illuminating cultural insights into the increasingly strong bond that unites these two American traditions. This book is the first to cover the entire history of the depiction of Christmas on television, and includes a discussion of programs that celebrate Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and the winter solstice. An introductory overview helps readers to understand the basis on which television’s success with the holidays is based, and chronological chapters go on to consider the many different ways in which the season has been celebrated in variety shows, sitcoms, specials, and dramas of the past six decades.
Source: http://www.amazon.com/Christmas-Television-Praeger-Collection/dp/0275983315
This book can be found on the 5th floor PN1992.8 .C5 W47 2006