The hustle and bustle of the holidays leaves many of us looking for some way to wind down and appreciate the season. The Peter White Public Library DVD collection has a variety of films that bring out the spirit of the holidays.
Liam Neeson narrates the story of The Birth of Christ. This inspirational program brings the Christmas story to life through music and the words of Luke's Nativity. Recorded in Ireland, this production brings together a chorus of Catholic and Protestant singers who raise their voice in unity and peace. Running time for this film is 85 minutes.
For 75 years the Radio City Music Hall Rockettes have entertained crowds with a special holiday spectacular. Radio City Christmas Spectacular Starring the Rockettes captures one of the special holiday shows on film. Watch as Santa flies through the city, visit a living nativity scene and watch talented dancers kick their way through amazing dances for 80 minutes.
The 12 Dogs of Christmas is family entertainment of the best kind. When Emma O'Connor is sent to live with her aunt in the small town of Doverville, she finds herself in the midst of a "dog fight" with the town's mayor. In order to strike down the community's no-dog law, Emma and her friends must win over the town with a holiday pageant featuring, what else - dogs.
Henry Winkler, Brooke Burns and Warren Christie star in The Most Wonderful Time of the Year. Winkler brings fellow passenger from an ill-fated Christmas flight to spend Christmas with his niece, who has lost the holiday spirit. Perhaps the holidays still have some magic for Burns and her six-year-old son in this 86 minute film.
Christmas Child by Max Lucado follows Jack, a journalist, to Dallas where a mysterious photograph leads him to the small town of Clearwater, Texas. It is here he finds a life-sized and intricately carved nativity that changes his life.
No holiday is complete without a showing of Dr. Seuss' classic How the Grinch Stole Christmas . The PWPL has several versions of this holiday classic. The feature film starring Jim Carrey as the Grinch is filled with special effects, scenery and narration by Anthony Hopkins, this film will delight even those with hearts two sizes too small.
Rob Lowe and Kimberly Williams star in The Christmas Shoes . This film is based on the best-selling song by Christian group NewSong and book of the same name. Lowe is a powerful attorney who has forgotten the meaning of Christmas until a chance meeting with a 10-year old boy buying a special gift for his mother shows him how important it is to cherish loved ones.
Baby Einstein DVDs enrich, stimulate and educate babies and toddlers. They have not forgotten Christmas, and Baby Santa's Music Box brings together the bright lights, ornaments, sleigh bells, toys, winter scenes and jolly Santas for the younger set. This 30 minute film will entertain and provide opportunities for interaction related to the holidays.
Children and adults will enjoy heart-warming stories and illustrations in the collection The Night Before Christmas by Scholastic Video. This 60 minute collection includes "The Night Before Christmas," "Max's Christmas," "Morris's Disappearing Bag," "Clown of God," "Too Many Tamales" and "Owl Moon." These classics will make the holidays bright.
Truman Copote's A Christmas Memory stars Patty Duke, Piper Laurie, Jeffery Demunn and Eric Lloyd. This tale follows seven-year old Buddy as he is sent to a new home with distant relatives. There are no other children his ages, and he becomes friends with an older resident of the town played by Duke. The two have one exciting adventure after another and Buddy finds that friendship is the greatest gift of all.
These and many other holiday films can be found at the Peter White Public Library.
- Margaret Boyle