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Merry Christmas!



May your celebration this year be full of love and peace.
Here are some free Christmas resources.

"Good King Wenceslas"
This Christmas carol was written by John Mason Neale and tells the story of Wenceslas, who lived in the 900s. The true story of Wenceslas is in Countdown to Christmas by Amy Puetz.
PDF with the sheet music and words
Musical version 1
Musical version 2
Jazzy version


"White Christmas"
Listen to Bing Crosby sing this timeless classic. Scroll down and under Audio Files click on the link that says "Bing Crosby - White Christmas 1942."
"White Christmas"

Listen to some of the songs from the movie White Christmas
Songs from White Christmas

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
If you have never read this wonderful classic, let this be the year you do. This story is so moving I've decided to make it a tradition to read or listen to it each year.
Librivox has a captivating audio version of it.
Here is the text if you want to read it.
With illustrations

Here are some of my favorite books and movies that are available to purchase.

000149: It"s a Wonderful Life, DVD It's a Wonderful Life, DVD

Make this uplifting 1946 classic a holiday tradition in your home! Meet down-and-out businessman George Bailey (Jimmy Stewart); his tireless wife, Mary (Donna Reed); and money-grubbing Henry Potter (Lionel Barrymore). Despairing George believes his small-town life's been a failure---but will a hapless angel named Clarence and a Christmas Eve miracle convince him otherwise? Black and white. 2 hours, 10 minutes.

Special Features:
  • The Making of "It's A Wonderful Life"
  • A Personal Remembrance
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • English and French Audio
  • English Subtitles
  • Closed captions

332040: White Christmas, DVD White Christmas, DVD

A stellar score by Irving Berlin and the entertaining team of Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye made this joyous musical a smash hit in 1954---and it's just as charming today! Revisit this colorful holiday extravaganza and soon your whole family will be humming songs like "Blue Skies," "Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep," and the title track. Color. Approx. 120 minutes.

Special Features:
  • Interview with Actress/Singer Rosemary Clooney
  • Commentary by Rosemary Clooney
  • 2 Theatrical Trailers
  • Widescreen Version
  • English and French Audio
  • English Subtitles
  • Widescreen

48809: Stories Behind the Great Traditions of Christmas Stories Behind the Great Traditions of Christmas
By Ace Collins / Zondervan

Christmas trees, presents, nativity scenes, wreaths, holly and ivy - these symbols infuse our holiday season with warmth and meaning. But do you know the origins of our favorite Yuletide traditions? Weaving faith with history, Collins's fascinating stories of the inspiration behind beloved Christmas customs will enrich your holiday celebrations for years to come. 195 pages, hardcover from Zondervan.

39265: Stories Behind the Best-Loved Songs of Christmas Stories Behind the Best-Loved Songs of Christmas
By Ace Collins / Zondervan

Behind the Christmas songs we love to sing lie fascinating stories that will enrich your holiday celebration. Taking you inside the nativity of over thirty favorite songs and carols, Ace Collins introduces you to people you've never met, stories you've never heard, and meanings you'd never have imagined.

07573: Stories Behind the Best Loved Songs of Christmas, mini book Stories Behind the Best Loved Songs of Christmas, mini book
By Ace Collins / Inspirio

Following in the successful footsteps of our Christmas Carols Miniature Edition, this lovely little adaptation of a popular book about the origins of more than 30 of the most beloved Christmas songs, both secular and religious, promises to be a strong seller as well.

26314X: More Stories Behind the Best-Loved Songs of Christmas More Stories Behind the Best-Loved Songs of Christmas
By Ace Collins / Zondervan

What precise moment in history do we still connect with the angelic message of "The Hallelujah Chorus"? Which country singer's early struggles are reflected in the song "Pretty Paper"? Why was "The Little Drummer Boy" set aside for so long after its writing? Collins reveals the hidden stories behind these and 29 other Christmas favorites! 192 pages, hardcover from Zondervan.

542223: The Best of Christmas in My Heart The Best of Christmas in My Heart
By Compiled & edited by Joe Wheeler / Howard Books

Sample a festive feast of holiday storytelling! Like a tree adorned with the choicest ornaments, this heartwarming collection represents the very best from the perennially popular Christmas in My Heart anthologies. Enjoy 18 timeless tales carefully selected from throughout Wheeler's nostalgic series. Great for reading-aloud gatherings, it offers space for recording your own cherished memories. 224 pages, hardcover from Howard.

546788: The Best of Christmas in My Heart, Volume 2: Timeless Stories to Warm Your Heart The Best of Christmas in My Heart, Volume 2: Timeless Stories to Warm Your Heart
By Joe Wheeler / Howard Books

Sure to warm the hearts and souls of readers of all ages, Joe Wheeler's second volume of heart warming, hand-picked Christmas stories are encapsulated in this elegant Christmas keepsake for the whole family. The Best of Christmas in My Heart, Volume 2 also includes personal journaling pages for you to record your own treasured memories for years to come. Binding: Paper Over Board.

266297: The Case for Christmas: A Journalist Investigates the Identity of the Child in the Manger The Case for Christmas: A Journalist Investigates the Identity of the Child in the Manger
By Lee Strobel / Zondervan

The agnostic neighbor, the unbelieving friend---you never know who may show up at church this Christmas. For just such seekers, Strobel uses his investigative abilities to dig for the truth in Scripture. Focusing on Luke 2, he has answers for those who ask: Was the incarnation a hoax---or the pivotal event of history? 112 pages, hardcover from Zondervan.
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