Our good friend, the jolly ol’ Santa Librarian, was chilling (literally) at the North Pole Public Library and decided to put together a list of books and movies to recommend to his favorite library friends this holiday season.
Today, Santa Librarian shares his list of Top 10 Nice Holiday Books and Movies:
- How the Grinch Stole Christmas: The Grinch (a.k.a. Santy Claus) tries to keep Christmas from coming by stealing all the presents and Roast Beast from the Whos down in Whoville, but it comes anyway. Could it be that Christmas is about more than presents? And you don’t need to be Cindy Lou Who to know the best animated holiday musical is the Boris Karloff-narrated cartoon by the same name!
- Miracle on 34th Street: Based on the book by Valentine Davies, this holiday must-watch film stars Edmund Gwenn as Kris Kringle, hired by Macy’s to play Santa in the Thanksgiving Parade who must prove that he is the real Santa Claus in court.
- Love Actually: Intertwined stories of love and cheer in London starring a who’s who of Hollywood: Hugh Grant, Colin Firth, Emma Thompson, Liam Neeson, Bill Nighy, and Keira Knightley.
- The Christmas Carol: The classic by Charles Dickens reminds us all that our actions today really can chart the course of our future. One of the most fun adaptations of this story is The Muppet Christmas Carol, starring Michael Caine as Ebenezer Scrooge and all of our favorite Muppet friends filling out the cast.
- Better Off Dead: "I want my two dollars!" is one of the many memorable quotes from this 1985 film starring John Cusack as Lane Meyer, a teen dealing with his girlfriend dumping him among family crises, homicidal paper boys, and a rival skier.
- The Holiday: Two women with problematic love lives (Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet) exchange homes for two weeks at Christmas to escape their troubles, and their lives are changed forever by the experience and the new men that they meet.
- A Charlie Brown Christmas: Originally broadcast as a television special in 1965, this is Charlie Brown and the Peanuts gang at their best. Feeling that the true meaning of the holiday is being lost amid commercialism, Charlie Brown tries to organize a Christmas pageant and save the saddest Christmas tree ever. I dare you not feel warm and fuzzy when Linus places his beloved security blanket around the tree to help prop it up!
- The Santa Clause: A busy toy company executive (Tim Allen) accidentally kills Santa (Oops!) and inherits the job in this comedy for kids of all ages.
- Elf: "SANTA'S COMING! I KNOW HIM!" A human baby accidentally ends up at the North Pole and grows up in the elf community. When Buddy (Will Ferrell) turns 30, he leaves the North Pole in search of his father in Manhattan. When Santa’s sleigh crashes in Central Park, it is Buddy to the rescue!
- The Polar Express: Written and illustrated by Chris Van Allsburg, this beautiful story is the tale of a magical train ride that takes a young boy to the North Pole on Christmas Eve to receive a special gift from Santa. The film version of this children's book stars Tom Hanks in a multitude of roles.
Because the NICE list can never be long enough, here’s a bonus movie that makes Santa Librarian laugh quite heartily: A Christmas Story. Luckily, it plays for 24 hours on Christmas Eve on basic cable so Santa Librarian can catch his favorite quotable lines over and over again:
“Fra-gee-lay. That must be Italian.”
“I can’t put my arms down!”
“I like The Wizard of Oz. I like the Tin Man.”,
and, of course, “You’ll shoot your eye out!”
“This is my wish for you: peace of mind, prosperity through the year, happiness that multiplies, health for you and yours, fun around every corner, energy to chase your dreams, joy to fill your holidays!”