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Andre Rieu Christmas Around the World (DVD CONCERT RIE) 90 min. 2006. 

Andre Rieu and the Johann Strauss Orchestra performing holiday classics.

Bing Crosby’s White Christmas USO All Star Show (DVD CONCERT CRO)  90 min.  2009. 

The concert that was produced by the USO for the U.S. troops overseas features over 40 top names from stage screen and TV in an evening of music and comedy.

The Bishops Wife (DVD DRAMA BIS)  109 min.  1947. 

When Episcopalian bishop Henry Brougham (David Niven) prays for divine guidance in his efforts to raise funds for a new cathedral, his prayers are answered in the form of a handsome, personable guardian angel named Dudley (Cary Grant). Establishing himself as a Yuletide guest in the Brougham home, Dudley arouses the ire of Henry, who, unaware of what his visitor is, assumes that Dudley has designs on the bishop's wife Julia (Loretta Young). Eventually, the lives of both Henry and Julia are agreeably altered by the presence of the affable angel. Henry regains the "common touch" he'd almost lost, while Julia realizes anew how much she truly loves her husband.

Bush Christmas (DVD FAMILY BUS)  77 min.  1947. 

Two children are heading home to Australia for Christmas. On their journey they encounter a group of thieves and they accidentally give them the information they need to steal their father’s horses. The children then try to save the horses.

Carols for Christmas (DVD CONCERT CAR)  59 min.  2004. 

Twenty-four traditional Christmas carols are enhanced by paintings, prints, decorative & entertaining illustrations from the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Christmas Angel (DVD FAMILY CHR)  90 min.  2009. 

Ashley feels alone this Christmas as she searches fruitlessly for a job.  But her neighbor Nick knows exactly what to do. He offers her a job to be his assistant in the best work of all, helping others.  But Ashley cannot tell anyone her new boss is a secret Santa.  Can she keep her big secret from her new, but nosey reporter boyfriend?

Christmas Bunny (DVD FAMILY CHR) 100 min. 2010. 

When Julia, a lonely foster child, discovers an injured rabbit on Christmas Eve, she forms an unlikely friendship with an eccentric farmwoman who vows to nurse the bunny back to health. In the process Julia’s own heart is healed and she forges a bond with her adoptive family that makes her holidays one you and she will never forget.

The Christmas Card (DVD DRAMA CHR)  84 min.  2007. 

In the midst of the war in Afghanistan, a soldier is touched by a Christmas card he receives from a girl in a small town in the USA. As months pass, the card never leaves the soldier’s side giving him strength to survive and setting him on a mission to find her.

A Christmas Carol (DVD DRAMA CHR)  70 min.  1938. 

This screenplay makes some adjustments from the original Dickens tale of a miser visited by the ghosts of Christmas, past, present and future. For example the Ghost of Christmas Past is played not by a robust middle-aged man but by a beautiful young woman. Nevertheless the film is well cast and includes such reliable character actors as Leo G. Carroll (Marley's Ghost), Barry McKay (Scrooge's nephew Fred) and June Lockhart in her screen debut as one of the Cratchit children. Terry Kilburn plays a fine, non-sentimental Tiny Tim.

A Christmas Carol (DVD DRAMA CHR)  86 min.  1951. 

This British film is widely considered to be the definitive version of the many adaptations of Charles Dickens's novel. Alastair Sim stars as Ebenezer Scrooge, a London miser who, despite his wealth, refuses to make charitable contributions and treats his sole employee, Bob Cratchit, as a servant. On Christmas Eve, Scrooge is visited by apparitions who review his life and he realizes what a wretch he has become, transformed by greed from an idealistic youth into an embittered ogre. Infused with a new, cheery outlook, Scrooge sets about earning his redemption.

Christmas Carol (DVD TV CHR)  94  min.  1999. 

Patrick Stewart stars as Scrooge in this brilliant presentation of Charles Dickens’ holiday classic.

Christmas Carol (DVD FAMILY CHR)  98  min.  2010. 

Bob Hoskins, Colin Firth and Jim Carrey feature in this Disney version of the story of Ebenezer Scrooge the miser whose eye-opening journey reveals truths he is reluctant to face and who must open his heart to undo years of ill will before it’s too late.

Christmas Celebration: Live from Dublin (DVD CONCERT CEL)   66 min. 2007.

A glowing performance of holiday favorites performed by the popular Celtic Woman ensemble.

Christmas Cottage (DVD DRAMA CHR)  103 min.  2008. 

Returning from college one Christmas, Thomas Kinkade finds his mother about to lose the family cottage to foreclosure.  He is inspired to paint a mural of his hometown, which launches his career and helps the town rediscover its Christmas spirit.

Christmas in Wonderland (DVD FAMILY CHR)  95 min.  2009.

It’s turning out to be a rotten Christmas for the Saunders family.  Having just moved to a new city, they have no friends and no money.  To make matters worse, their mother is stuck in L.A., so Christmas shopping falls to dad and the gloomy kids.  When the kids discover a satchel of money at the local mall, they go on a Christmas shopping spree.  That is, until the crooks whose counterfeit money it is chase them through the mall packed with holiday shoppers.

The Christmas Shoes (DVD DRAMA CHR)  94 min.  2006.  

A workaholic attorney crosses paths with a young boy on Christmas Eve and rediscovers the true meaning of love. Based on the Grammy-nominated song by Newsong.

A Christmas Story (DVD COMEDY CHR)  98 min.  1983.  

A young boy must convince his parents that a toy rifle is the only gift that will make Christmas worthwhile. Adapted from a memoir by humorist Jean Shepherd (who narrates), the film centers on Ralphie Parker (Peter Billingsley), a young boy living in 1940s Indiana who is desperately yearning for a Red Rider BB gun for Christmas. Despite protests from his mother (Melinda Dillon) that he'll shoot his eye out, Ralphie persists, unsuccessfully trying to enlist the assistance of both his teacher and Santa Claus. All the while, Ralphie finds himself dealing with the constant taunts of a pair of bullies and trying to not get in the middle of a feud between his mother and father (Darren McGavin).

Christmas Story (DVD FAMILY CHR)  78 min.  2009.  

How did Santa become Santa? Hundreds of years ago in Lapland, a little boy names Nicolas lost his family in an accident.  To show his gratitude to the villagers who took him in, he decides to make toys for the children of the families as goodbye presents at Christmas, thus creating a legend that would be carried on from generation to generation.

A Christmas Tale (DVD FOREIGN CHR)  152 min.  2009. 

Junon is the matriarch of the troubled Vuillard family, who come together at Christmas after she learns she needs a bone marrow transplant from a blood relative. Hopefully the Christmastime reunion, a scheme concocted by three of the youngest family members, will finally bring peace to their family.

Christmas Vacation (DVD COMEDY CHR)  97 min.  1989. 

The Griswolds have a disastrous, but funny holiday.

Christmas Vacation 2 (DVD COMEDY CHR)  83 min.  2004. 

Christmas has always been a test of survival for Eddie and his brood.  And that’s truer than ever when they receive an all-expenses-paid holiday tour of the South Pacific and end up shipwrecked on a remote island.. 

Christmas with the Kranks (DVD FAMILY CHR)  98 min.  2004. 

Based on the novel, Skipping Christmas, by John Grisham. When only-child Blair leaves the family nest, Luther and Nora decide to book a cruise and skip Christmas altogether. Their decision to boycott tradition has the whole neighborhood in an uproar, and when Blair calls on Christmas Eve to announce a surprise visit with her new fiancée, the Kranks have just twelve hours to perform a miracle and pull themselves and their neighbors together to throw the best celebration ever.

Classic TV Christmas (DVD TV CLA)  150 min.  2006.  

A collection of six television shows from classic comedies of the fifties featuring Christmas stories.



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