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Take a look at our wonderful selection of books! From Christmas stories to books on Collecting, we've got it!

You'll find wonderful collections of Christmas music! All styles from Rock to Pop to Country to Island music! All of your favorite Christmas songs and some favorites you haven't heard yet!

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Christmas Books

101 Questions About Santa Claus

by Robert E. Litak, Christine Hilt Muehlenberg (Editor), Bob Litak

Here's the answers to those tough questions about Santa!

"Will Santa always bring what I ask for?", "How are Santa's reindeer able to fly?", "How does Santa visit the whole world in one night?" Santa answers these common questions (for him) and many more in this book.

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All I Want for Christmas Is... :
Letters from Santa's Mailbag

by Carl Anderson (Compiler), Jim Walker (Compiler)

This book is full of funny one page letters to santa, ranging of requests for everything from world peace to a red dragon. The letters are sweet and silly, that make you laugh out loud. So if you're in the mood for something to warm the heart and tickle the soul then this book is definitly for you!

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Annabelle's Wish : One Magical Christmas: Smart Pages (Smart Pages)

by Mary Dykstra, Mary Dyskra, Amy Bauman (Editor)

Charming story of a cow who wants to be a reindeer!

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Collector's Guide to Buying, Selling, and Trading on the Internet

by Nancy L. Hix

Covers how to use eBay and other auction sites, how to make trades with people you know only from the internet, how to deal with bulletin board flamers, and much more. Even mentions the YuleLog boards!!

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Cajun Night Before Christmas

by Trosclair, Howard Jacobs (Editor), James Rice (Illustrator)

This Cajun Christmas classic is now available in fullcolor. Take the traditional story of jolly old St. Nicholas, dress him in muskrat from his head to his toes, pile his skiff high with toys, and hitch it to eight friendly flying alligators.

 

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Texas Night Before Christmas

by Jim Rice, James Rice

With a team of eight Longhorns, Santa arrives at a sod shanty, and drops down the chimney to fill the young'uns' boots with toys from his old feed bag.

 

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Christmas Music

Christmas Island

Jimmy Buffett

It never snows in the Florida Keys, but as every Parrothead knows, Jimmy Buffett was born on Christmas Day 1946. His Caribbean folk tunes have always had a festive air to them, and his Coral Reefer Band tackle these holiday songs in their usual laidback style. Buffett turns out both traditional carols ("Jingle Bells" with a few tropical ad-libs) and his own myth-building originals ("A Sailor's Christmas," "Merry Christmas, Alabama"). This may not be the traditional Christmas fare of chestnuts roasting on an open fire, but for those who enjoy ocean breezes and "wasting away" to this most successful beach bum, Christmas Island is exactly what the cruise director ordered.

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A Very Special Christmas (A&M)

A Very Special Chrismas (Series), Various Artists

Traditional songs covered by now-traditional artists like the Pretenders ("Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas") provide the majority of the material here. Eurythmics turn in a suitably chilly "Winter Wonderland," Stevie Nicks sings a beautifully haunting "Silent Night," and Whitney Houston proves again that she's every woman with "Do You Hear What I Hear"--that is, every woman with a voice strong enough to do the song justice. "Santa Baby," Madonna's contribution, isn't as sultry as it could be, but there's more fun thanks to hell-on-heels, the Pointer Sisters and Bon Jovi. When was the last time you heard collard greens being sung about in a Christmas song? Probably never, unless you're a Run DMC fan, or were wise enough to hop on the Very Special Christmas tip. Almost enough to make you like a rap song!

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Blue Yule: Christmas Blues/R&B Classics

If you like the blues, this is the Christmas CD for you!!!! Classic down home blues done with the Christmas season in mind. Santa's Messin' with the Kid and Santa Claus (Sonny Boy Williamson) are the highlights of this compilation.

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Alligator Stomp: Cajun Christmas

You haven't lived until you have heard Blue Christmas sung in Cajun French!

"Cajun Christmas" provides a fresh interpretation of many Holiday standards and a smattering of Louisiana originals that are true to the spirit of the season. If you are tired of the traditional arrangements and appalled at dogs and cats massacring your favorites, this CD is the perfect antidote. Two strong tracks by Beausoleil, "Christmas Bayou" and "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear" lead off the compilation, the latter interpreted as a Cajun waltz. "Joy to the World" is a bouncy, upbeat combo of fiddle and accordian that will lighten the hearts of the most fervent Scrooge. It's hard not to dance to "Jingle Bells" and "Deck the Halls." The layers of instruments and the upbeat tempos create a celebratory tone in these tunes that has disappeared through repetition of the more familiar arrangements. The final song, "Auld Lang Syne," is the best. Michael Doucet starts out with a slow, mellow fiddle but soon turns from the remembrance of the past year to the anticipation of the New Year with a rollicking finish that compels you to bounce around the house.

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Pretty Paper

Willie Nelson

The year 1978, when this graceful, laidback holiday selection was recorded, was a commercial and artistic highlight for the redheaded stranger. The disc was produced by deep-soul giant Booker T., who lends his considerable funk-tinged keyboards and arranging prowess to the session as well. Like Stardust, the million-selling disc that Booker had also produced for Nelson that year, Pretty Paper is an exercise in restrained--yet emotional--outlaw country. The highlight is Nelson's lovely take on "Pretty Paper," a song he wrote and gave to Roy Orbison, who had a big hit with it in 1964. Meanwhile, the many holiday songs simply sparkle with a relaxed, happy vibe. Nelson shows that you can sing "Here Comes Santa Claus" and transform it into an unschmaltzy classic of mellow country boogie. Really. (Well, he could.)

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A Charlie Brown Christmas (Soundtrack)

The first time you listen to this disc you will undoubtedly be transported directly back to your childhood. Charles Schulz's Peanuts characters will go toe-tapping and funky-dancing through your mind's eye. Play it a few more times, though (ignoring the dialogue snippets, if you can), and you will begin to truly revel in Guaraldi's wonderful, humorous, deep piano playing. Buy it for the nostalgia--keep it because it will remain one of the most enchanting albums in your holiday collection.

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Christmas With Chet Atkins

Recorded in the early '60s, Christmas With Chet Atkins provides spirited renditions of Christmas standards. A chorus adds to the Chet's distinctive style on many cuts, especially those played on an electric guitar (which constituted one side of the original vinyl). The selections played on a nylon-stringed guitar are more somber. The recording can serve as a sparkling background to holiday gatherings as well as instruction and inspiration to many guitarists. By contrast with a later Christmas recording on CBS, this RCA effort should appeal to many who have no real enthusiasm for guitar renditions.

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Christmas Island

Leon Redbone

Leon's relaxed and mellow style is just what you'll need to help you unwind after a hard day of shopping. I especially like the duet with Dr. John on "Frosty the Snowman". If you're a Leon Redbone fan, you won't want to miss "Christmas Island"!

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A Jolly Christmas From Frank Sinatra

Frank Sinatra

Christmas probably sounded a lot like this in Hoboken, circa the late 1930s: A skinny kid with a huge voice leading friends through favorite carols like "The Little Drummer Boy" and "Greensleeves." Fast forward and that skinny kid is no longer just another voice in the crowd. All ears are turned his way as he croons through a whole new set of Christmas standards, from "The Christmas Waltz" to "I Wouldn't Trade Christmas." Sinatra is in fine voice on this 13-song set, which boasts some of the better arrangements you'll hear on a seasonal album.

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Home For Christmas

Amy Grant

This album will put you in the Christmas spirit even if you listen to it in the middle of July! A lot of the songs just have that "Christmas sound" that you always are looking for when you first hear a Christmas CD. This one won't disappoint! True, "Breath of Heaven" is the best track without question, but please don't forget "Emanuel, God with Us" and "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring."

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Christmas Movies

It's a Wonderful Life (1946)

Now perhaps the most beloved American film, It's a Wonderful Life was largely forgotten for years, due to a copyright quirk. Only in the late 1970s did it find its audience through repeated TV showings. Frank Capra's masterwork deserves its status as a feel-good communal event, but it is also one of the most fascinating films in the American cinema, a multilayered work of Dickensian density. 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.

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National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989)

You know exactly what you're getting in National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation: another goofball, slapstick comedy of chaos and catastrophe with Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase) and family. This time, there's no traveling involved: Clark and Ellen (Beverly D'Angelo) prepare for a nice Christmas with the kids (played by none other than Juliette Lewis and Roseanne star Johnny Galecki), when their home is invaded by backwoods cousin Eddie (Randy Quaid) and his brood, along with assorted other crazy and/or stuffy relatives. Complications, of course, are inevitable.

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A Christmas Story (1984)

A Christmas Story is on its way to becoming an annual holiday classic, one to keep on the shelf with It's a Wonderful Life, the puppet-animated Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, and A Charlie Brown Christmas. It may have been directed by Bob Clark (responsible for the Porky's pictures), but it's based on the childhood memoirs of humorist Jean Shepherd (from his hilarious book In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash). And it is Shepherd's wry, deadly accurate and gently nostalgic comic sensibility that shines through in this kid's-eye-view of an all-American Christmas in the 1940s. All little Ralphie (Peter Billingsley) wants under the tree on Christmas morning is a Daisy Brand Red-Ryder BB rifle. He not only wants it, he's consumed with an aching desire for it. Unfortunately, his mother (Melinda Dillon) repeatedly crushes his dreams with the familiar, harsh mantra: "You'll put your eye out!" Among the movie's highlights are a surrealistic visit with little brother Randy to a department store Santa, and the childlike mixture of delight, pride, and awe with which Ralphie's dad (Darren McGavin) takes possession of a spectacularly gaudy prize he's won in a radio contest. McGavin should have won an award for his splendid comic work as a middle-aged-kid-turned-patriarch who alternates between grown-up temper tantrums and unabashed juvenile joy. --Jim Emerson

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How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1989)

To heck with the kids--this is one of the best holiday presents you can give yourself. Adapted from the children's book by Dr. Seuss, this charming story is one to watch every holiday season. It is just edgy enough to help you forget the more cloying aspects of Christmas, yet it is also sweet enough to remind you of the reason for all that holiday cheer. Animation genius Chuck Jones directed this 1966 television production featuring the voice of Boris Karloff as the mean greenie. Bitter and selfish, the Grinch decides to steal Christmas away from the Whos, the sweet little folk who live at the bottom of his mountain home. When little Cindy Loo Who returns his hateful act with kindness, she melts the old miser's heart. There are many reasons to watch this: inventive wordplay, Karloff's impressive narration, and a very memorable soundtrack. --Rochelle O'Gorman

This all-time classic now has Horton Hears a Who! on the same video for a great double bill.

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A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)

This half-hour Christmas show is one of the truly lovable animated specials in TV history, a status proved by its annual network telecast since 1965. A Charlie Brown Christmas was the first, and best, of a series of programs based on the Charles M. Schulz cartoon strip "Peanuts." Hapless hero Charlie Brown finds himself depressed at Christmastime, searching for the true meaning of the holiday amidst the glitz and commercialism of the modern age. Appointed director of the school holiday pageant, Charlie Brown ventures out with Linus to buy "a great, big, shiny aluminum Christmas tree." Instead they bring back a miserable tree--a real one. A Charlie Brown Christmas shows off the "Peanuts" gang doing what they do best: Lucy is bossy, Snoopy is crazy, Linus is sweet, and Pig Pen is, well, filthy. Instead of using adult actors trying to sound like kids, the production features real children providing the voices, an endearing effect. The jazz music score, composed by Vince Guaraldi, has become a classic in its own right; like so much about this program, it's an unexpected but perfectly right choice. --Robert Horton

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The Simpson's Christmas Special (1991)

It's Christmas at the Simpsons' household but no one is jolly. Homer doesn't have the heart to tell Marge that Scroogey boss Mr. Burns isn't giving out Christmas bonuses this year. Marge, on the other hand, is counting on the bonus because she's spent all the Christmas money getting a tattoo removed from Bart's arm. So Homer has to go to work as a department-store Santa. An early episode with less sophisticated humor and animation, it still offers a number of laughs, plus the story of where the Simpsons got their dog, Santa's Little Helper.

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A Very Brady Christmas (1988)

This 1988 made-for-TV movie scored huge in the ratings when it first-aired; people wanted to see what they all looked like after all those years. Sentimental, with all of the Bradys coming home for Christmas and each of them having their own unique problems to deal with, Carol and Mike listen and advise and its all wrapped up neat and tight at the end, just like the original "Brady Bunch".

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Winnie the Pooh and Christmas Too (1994)

"Winnie-the-Pooh and Christmas, Too" is a fine example of how specials based on other books or movies SHOULD be made. The spirit of Winnie-the-Pooh is captured nicely and the animation is exceptional. Even if the simple story seems more childish than child-like at times, it is worth watching if only to see Eeyore hanging from a Christmas tree as an ornament sadly droning "Fa la la la la la la"!

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Scrooged (1988)

Bill Murray is a ruthless TV executive who is visited by spirits on Christmas Eve to show him the err of his ways -- highlight is Carol Kane (from Taxi) as the spirit of Christmas Present. Alfre Woodard is terrific as the 80s version of Bob Cratchit, and Bobcat Goldthwait fall-down funny as an ousted employee out for revenge. Many sweet moments, some good slapstick, a bit of adult language, and the solid gold dancers as extras in the live Christmas Eve broadcast of Scrooge...and to top it off, America's sweetheart of the 80s, Mary Lou Retton as Tiny Tim!

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The Santa Clause (1994)

Neglectful divorced dad inadvertently frightens Santa off his roof and, when he puts on the deceased St. Nick's suit, begins to turn into Santa Claus himself--first on the outside, and then, more significantly, on the inside. Clever script by Steve Rudnick and Leo Benevenuti takes a potential one-joke idea and develops it in interesting and unexpected ways, effectively infusing heart and sentiment into its 1990s sensibility. Impressive screen debut for standup comic and TV sitcom star Allen.

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Edward Scissorhands (1990)

Strikingly original fable (expanded from an idea Burton hatched as a child) about a man-made boy whose creator dies before attaching human hands to his body. Now he's adopted by a relentlessly cheery Avon Lady, and taken to live in American suburbia. Mixture of fairy tale elements and social satire loses its story momentum toward the end, but that can't erase its charm or good-natured humor. Depp is perfect as the fragile scissor-handed boy, and it's great fun to watch Price as his master.

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White Christmas (1954)

Two talented song-and-dance men team up after the war to become one of the hottest acts in show business. A veritable treasury of Irving Berlin classics, "White Christmas" includes "Sisters," "Blue Skies," and of course, "White Christmas." Academy Award Nominations: Best Song ("Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep")

 

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Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

The original 1947 version of this Valentine Davies story follows the misadventures of Kris Kringle (Edmund Gwenn) as he gets a job playing Santa Claus at Macy's department store in New York City. Natalie Wood is the little girl who tells him she doesn't believe in Santa, and Maureen O'Hara and John Payne are the couple who help Kris through a trial in which he must prove he's the jolly fellow from the North Pole. A sweet movie and perennial Christmas favorite, this is one of those movies that gets under your skin and must be revisited every so often.

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Miracle on 34th Street (1994)

Pretty good remake of the 1947 charmer. Attenborough is wonderful as the man who calls himself Kris Kringle, and Wilson is irresistible as the little girl who doesn't believe in Santa. Loses its way whenever it veers from the original script--as in the relationship between Mara's mom (Perkins) and her neighbor/friend (McDermott)... and when it manages to keep the adorable youngster off-screen for a long, dull chunk of story. Tellingly, this version is almost 20 minutes longer than the earlier film. Produced and written by John Hughes. Joss Ackland appears unbilled.

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Holiday Inn (1942)

This perennial, Christmas-season favorite from 1942 teamed Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire as entertainers (and rival suitors of Marjorie Reynolds) running an inn that is only open on holidays. It's a great excuse for lots of singing and dancing, seamlessly wrapped in a catchy story, and Astaire's frequent director Mark Sandrich (Top Hat, Shall We Dance?) doesn't let us down. The Irving Berlin numbers (each one connected to a different holiday) are winners. Crosby's warm performance of "White Christmas" is a movie touchstone.

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Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964)

This classic 1964 television special featuring Rudolph and his misfit buddies set the standard for stop-motion animation for an entire generation before Tim Burton darkly reinvented it in the early 1990s. Burl Ives narrates as Sam the Snowman, telling and singing the story of a rejected reindeer who overcomes prejudice and saves Christmas one particularly blustery year. Along the way, he meets an abundance of unforgettable characters: his dentally obsessed elf pal Herbie; the affable miner Yukon Cornelius and his motley crew of puppies; the scary/adorable Abominable Snow Monster; a legion of abandoned, but still chatty, toys; and a rather grouchy Santa. In addition to the title song that inspired it, this 53-minute tape is crammed with catchy tunes such as "Silver and Gold" and "Holly Jolly Christmas." Those who grew up looking forward to watching Rudolph every Christmas season will undoubtedly be able to recite the quotable quotes ("I'm cuuuute. She said I'm cuuuute." "Herbie doesn't like to make toys.") as well as any Casablanca cult audience.

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Annabelles Wish (1997)

Annabelle's Wish is a heart warming tale of a young calf named Annabelle who ever so much desires to be one of Santa's reindeer. Every Christmas, Santa grants all the animals in the barn a special wish, the ability to talk on Christmas day. Anabelle, as a gift to a young mute boy from his uncle, develops a special bond with this boy(narrated by Randy Travis) and makes a truely special wish to Santa. A remarkable wish that ultimately exemplifies the essence of Christmas, "the gift of giving." Anabelle's Wish tells a beautiful story while capturing the hearts of adults and children alike. It is a must purchase for the family.

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The Homecoming (1971)

This television adaptation of Earl Hamner Jr.'s autobiographical novel formed the basis for the series "The Waltons." Set during the Great Depression, "The Homecoming" centers on a family living in the Virginia mountains. This year, everyone worries they will have a lean Christmas, because there's so little money to celebrate. This anxiety is heightened, however, when the family learns that the bus on which the father commutes to work each day has crashed. The eldest son, feeling the first sensations of adulthood and responsibility, decides to leave home to reach the scene of the accident. As they wait for news of their father's fate, the family members stick together and, in the process, discover the true meaning of Christmas.

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Touched by an Angel - A Christmas Miracle (1997)

A beautiful, touching video from one of the most positively inspirational and comforting shows to date. The story of Serena (a young girl with a fatal heart condition) and Joey (a mentally disabled teenager with a paralyzing fear of the dark)'s passionate friendship fills our heart with indescribable emotion, and our angels turn in particularly beautiful performances, especially Roma Downey (Monica). Heartwrenching, uplifting, miraculous with a constant feeling of underlying truth and comfort; a story of conquering obstacles and relief of fears.

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