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Children's Books & Movies

Hanukkah Bear

Bubba Brayna's legendary latkes lure an unexpected visitor into her home in this playful Hanukkah tale from a master storyteller. Bubba Brayna makes the best latkes in the village, and on the first night of Hanukkah, the scent of her cooking wakes a hungry, adorable bear from his hibernation.  He lumbers into town to investigate, and Bubba Brayna--who does not see or hear very well--mistakes him for her rabbi. She welcomes the bear inside to play the dreidel game, light the menorah, and enjoy a scrumptious meal. However, after her well-fed guest leaves, there's a knock at the door--it's the rabbi, and all of Brayna's other friends, arriving for dinner.  But there are no latkes left--and together, they finally figure out who really ate them.

Llama Llama Holiday Drama

Llama Llama holidays. Jingle music. Lights ablaze. How long till that special date? Llama Llama has to wait. If there's one thing Llama Llama doesn't like, it's waiting. He and Mama Llama rush around, shopping for presents, baking cookies, decorating the tree . . . but how long is it until Christmas? Will it ever come? Finally, Llama Llama just can't wait any more! It takes a cuddle from Mama Llama to remind him that "Gifts are nice, but there's another- The true gift is, we have each other."

Mickey's Christmas carol / produced and directed by Burny Mattinson ; written by Burny Mattinson, Tony Marino

Make the season merry as Mickey, Goofy, Donald, and all their pals star in a heartwarming retelling of Dickens' unforgettable holiday tale. Ebenezer Scrooge (Scrooge McDuck) is far too greedy to understand that Christmas is a time for kindness and generosity. But with the guidance of some wise ghosts (Goofy and Jiminy Cricket) and a bunch of newfound friends, Scrooge learns to embrace the spirit of the season.

13 days of Christmas

The movie, Tim Burton's The nightmare before Christmas, story and characters by Tim Burton.

12 Days of Christmas

Celebrate the magic of Christmas time with this well-loved traditional poem "The Twelve Days of Christmas". Take a walk through each beautiful scene brimming with details that will remind you of the sights, sounds and smells of Christmas. Perfect to read with your true love.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

The grouchy Grinch tries to stop Christmas from coming to Whoville, but the Whos teach him the true meaning of Christmas instead

Christmas: Count and Celebrate

Kids count from one to ten as they learn about the history, symbols, and customs of Christmas

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NORAD Santa Tracker

How a newspaper misprint turned into NORAD's Santa tracker - ABC7 New York



Owl be Home for Christmas

It's a few days before Christmas, and Meg's grandfather is hosting a scientific conference on owls at the Caerphilly Inn. Most of the family are there, helping out in one capacity or another, including Meg's grandmother, Cordelia - invited by Grandfather in rare gesture of peace-making, to share her expertise on rehabilitating large birds, including owls. An unexpectedly severe snow storm traps the conference-goers in the hotel, and one of the visiting ornithologists is murdered. 

Christmas in Winter Hill

Krista Galloway has a good reason to dislike the holiday season, but when her new job as city manager forces her to plan the town's over-the-top Christmas celebration, she and her daughter may find a new home -- and some Christmas spirit -- in the process."

The Christmas Box

Richard, a busy and preoccupied father, discovers a Christmas box full of love letters from an old woman to her dead daughter and, with the help of an angel, begins to learn the true meaning of Christmas.

Christmas Shopaholic

The misadventures of Becky Brandon Née Bloomwood continue in a new novel full of holiday cheer and--of course--lots of shopping!

Christmas Cupcake Murder

While Hannah speeds through a lengthy holiday checklist, drama in town grows like Santa's waistline on Christmas Eve. Her sister Andrea wants to stave off the blues by helping out at The Cookie Jar, Michele's love life is becoming complicated, Lisa needs Hannah's advice, and Delores has a Christmas secret she's not willing to share. But nothing dampens the holiday mood more than the chilling mystery surrounding the man found near death in an abandoned storefront two doors down from Hannah's bakery.

A Christmas Carol Murder

London, December 1835. Charles and Kate are out with friends and family for a chilly night of caroling and good cheer. Their singing is interrupted by a body plummeting from an upper window of a house-- his neck wrapped in chains. The dead man, Jacob Harley, was the business partner of the resident of the house, an unpleasant codger who owns a counting house, one Emmanuel Screws. Before Dickens can investigate further, Harley's corpse is stolen-- and Charles is visited in his quarters by what appears to be Harley's ghost. Dickens suspects Screws, the same penurious penny pincher who denied his father a loan years ago.