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December Holidays (Movies)

Christmas, Chanukah, and Kwanzaa films for the Holiday season! Choose from this great selection of DVDs and get the popcorn ready!

The night before Christmas : and more classic holiday tales

The night before Christmas: Clement C. Moore's classic poem about a visit from St. Nicholas. In the month of Kislev: A rich, arrogant merchant takes the family of a poor peddler to court and learns a lesson about the meaning of Hanukkah. Seven candles for Kwanza: describes the origins and practices of Kwanzaa, the seven-day festival during which people of African descent rejoice in their ancestral values. Too many tamales: Maria feels very grown-up helping make Christmas dinner, until she realizes that she may have lost her mother's ring in one of the tamales. (3 bonus stories) Max's Christmas: Max is told he can't stay up to see Santa, but he sneaks downstairs anyway. Will Santa still come if Max is awake? Morris's disappearing bag: Morris thinks his brother and sister have better Christmas presents, but then he finds something very special in the last box under the tree. The Little drummer boy: Tells the story of the procession to Bethlehem and the offer of a poor boy to play his drum for the Christ Child. For primary grades

Black nativity

In a contemporary adaptation of Langston Hughes' celebrated play, the holiday musical follows Langston as he journeys to New York City to spend the Christmas holiday with his estranged relatives. Unwilling to live by their imposing rules, a frustrated Langston is determined to return home to his mother, Naima. Langston embarks on a surprising and inspirational journey and along with new friends, and a little divine intervention, he discovers the true meaning of faith, healing, and family

Love actually

It's all about love and holiday cheer in London. The Prime Minister is smitten with his caterer; a widower's young son nurses the ultimate schoolboy crush; a writer falls for his Portuguese housekeeper; a devoted wife and mother copes with her potentially unfaithful husband; and a lovelorn American is desperately attracted to a colleague

Home alone

When eight-year-old Kevin McCallister's family left for vacation, they forgot one minor detail: Kevin!

The preacher's wife

Dudley is an angel who is sent to earth to help a young minister and his beautiful wife revive their marriage. But things take a twist when Dudley accidentally falls in love with the "Preacher's wife."

A taste of Chanukah : from Jordan Hall at the New England Conservatory

This program features a broad range of music from around the globe including traditional Chanukah favorites and special arrangements of lighthearted songs and sacred prayers

A Madea Christmas : the play

When a wealthy family meets for Christmas at their posh Cape Cod estate, family arguments and secrets cause quite a stir. It will take the almighty Madea to save this Christmas and make it into a foot-stomping good time

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

The Hebrew hammer

when a psychotic Santa tries to destroy Chanukah by hypnotizing Jewish children, it's up to the Hebrew Hammer to save the day

A bad moms Christmas

Follows three under appreciated and over burdened women as they rebel against the challenges and expectations of the Super Bowl for moms: Christmas. If creating a more perfect holiday for their families wasn't hard enough, they have to do all of that while hosting and entertaining their own mothers

How to celebrate the African American holiday Kwanzaa

Observed December 26th through January 1st, Kwanzaa celebrates the joy of family living, honors the historical contributions of African Americans, and encourages excellence in family relations, school achievement, and personal delevopment. Features symbols of the holiday, gift giving guidelines, Kwanzaa foods, and more

Bad Santa

Willie is a thief who teams up with his dwarf friend Marcus, for a very special Christmas scam. Willie gets a job as Santa Claus at a shopping mall, Marcus tags along as an elf, and they use their employee status to rob stores blind just before Christmas. But Willie is a bitter and foul-mouthed alcoholic who doesn't care much for kids. A mall's manager is certain something's wrong, so he asks the chief of security to check out Willie. Meanwhile, one of the kids Willie is forced to talk to becomes a regular customer

The Santa Clause

Scott is distressed to learn that his ex-wife and her husband have informed his son, Charlie, that there is no Santa Claus. While a sullen Charlie visits his dad on Christmas Eve, a noise on the roof brings them outside. It turns out that there is a Santa after all, and Scott has just accidentally killed him. Because of "the Santa clause," Scott inherits the job of Santa. As the next year passes, Scott rapidly gains weight, grows a white beard and meets the elf Bernard. Charlie's stepdad becomes concerned about Scott's and forces him to undergo a psychiatric evaluation

A Charlie Brown Christmas

'Tis the season to be jolly, but Charlie Brown, feeling that the Christmas message is lost amid all the seasonal glitter, has the blues. Join the Peanuts gang as they discover for themselves the true meaning of Christmas

Elf . 2-DVD edition

A human baby accidently ends up at the North Pole and grows up among the elf community. Buddy, as he comes to be known, knows that he's "special". When he's 30, Buddy learns from Santa that he's really a human. He decides to go in search of his father, to find out where he belongs. He walks to Manhattan, and is immediately run over by a cab. His father at first rejects him and Buddy ends up in a department store where other elves are working. But all the while, things are looking bad for Santa Claus. When Santa crashes his sleigh in Central Park, it's Buddy's moment to shine

Eight crazy nights

When a small-town, extremely disgruntled guy, Davey Stone, faces another holiday season in his New England hometown, he does what he always has - he messes up big time and lands in jail. But after a few surprises - including the mysterious reason for Davey's bad attitude and the reappearance of his childhood sweetheart - Davey might just decide he has a reason or two to change his ways

Christmas with the Kranks

When only child, Blair leaves the family nest, Luther and Nora decide to book an 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

The Polar Express

When a doubting young boy takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe

A Christmas story . 1-DVD edition

A young boy must convince his parents that a toy rifle is the only Christmas gift that will make Christmas worthwhile. Not only do his parents face what many other parents do during that time of the year, but their actions fit in with the All-American Christmas

Last holiday

Georgia Byrd is a department store employee who leads a life of frustrated desires. She particularly likes the bashful salesman from the outdoor furnishings department. But when she learns she only has a few weeks left to live, Georgia gathers her money, quits her job, and flies to the swank European resort she's always dreamed of visiting. Naturally, her new carelessness with money and fearless candor lead everyone around her, including a senator and her former boss, to think she's a real mover and shaker

The holiday

Amanda lives in Los Angeles and is a movie trailer editor. Iris lives in Surrey, England and is a journalist. The two live five thousand miles apart and have never met, but are dealing with the same problem: men. Amanda just broke up with her cheating boyfriend. Iris has pined for her ex. They both come upon a website that advocates home exchange and the two swap houses for two weeks at Christmas - both with a goal to forget their troubled love lives. Love ends up finding them anyways. Amanda starts a romance with Iris' older brother, Graham, a book editor and Iris starts a romance with a friend of Amanda's, movie composer Miles. With new found romance, both their lives change forever

The nativity story

Begins with the slaughter of Bethlehem's innocents under orders from a paranoid King Herod. Go back a year to the prophecy that informs Zechariah that his wife, Elizabeth, will bear a child. Elizabeth's cousin, the adolescent Mary, struggles with her family to make ends meet and is promised to the carpenter Joseph. Mary is told by the angel Gabriel that she will carry, while still a virgin, the long-awaited Messiah who will liberate the Jews from Herod and his Roman benefactors. Joseph and Mary travel to Bethlehem. Three Magi spend months crossing the desert trying to rendezvous with some point below the convergence of three heavenly bodies in the night sky. Friendship and trust emerges between Mary and Joseph after he is told in a dream that she speaks truthfully about her miraculous pregnancy

Joyeux Noël

Loosely based on true episodes, this film tells the story of German, French, and Scottish soldiers in the bloody trenches of World War I and the miraculous Christmas Eve truce they unexpectedly forge. Follows a French lieutenant, a Scottish priest, and a German tenor and his beloved Danish soprano as music and the spirit of Christmas create bonds between enemies

Scent of a woman

Hoping to earn extra money, an innocent and reserved scholarship student at an exclusive prep school agrees to look after a blind, retired Lieutenant Colonel, who takes him off for a wild weekend in New York City

Deck the halls

Two neighbors in a small New England town go to war when one of them decides to decorate his house with a so many Christmas lights that they are visible from space. The neighborhood is turned upside down as the families try to discover the true meaning of Christmas

Scrooged

Modern version of Dickens' A Christmas Carol, with Bill Murray portraying a nasty, uncaring, unforgiving TV network president. On Christmas Eve he is visited by three ghosts who show him the error of his ways

National Lampoon's. Christmas vacation

Clark Griswold is going to have a 'good old-fashioned Griswold family Christmas' if it's the last thing he does - and it just might be. If they can survive it, they are in for the most memorable Christmas of their lives. Bonus includes audio commentary

White Christmas

The classic musical about two guys that become a popular song and dance team and play at a resort for charity. Irving Berlin wrote the title song

The perfect holiday

A single mother is raising her three children after the divorce from her rapper ex-husband. Her oldest son wants his parents to get back together. The youngest daughter would rather see her mom happy and decides to use Santa Claus to get her wish. The kids practically compete to see who will win the war of love

This Christmas

For the first time in years, the entire Whitfield clan comes home to celebrate Christmas and learn through the drama and emotional baggage how to be a family once again

The gift of Chanukah

Includes the following programs: The menorah, Miracles, World's wildest menorahs, Chanukah play, Children's choir,and Menorah lighting guide. Games: Dreidel snowboard, Chanukah bubbles, and Chanuka painting. Plus facts, recipes, and bonus footage

Jacques Pepin's Chanukah celebration

In this special episode, Jacques and his daughter Claudine celebrate the Jewish 'Festival of Lights' with a light French-inspired Chanukah dinner menu

Prancer

Jessica Riggs plays an angel in her school pageant...but she becomes a real guardian angel when she finds an injured reindeer in the forest. Convinced that the reindeer is Santa's, she vows to nurse him back to health and return him safely home

The best man holiday

At a fifteen year reunion over the Christmas holidays, a group of college friends soon discover how simple it is for old rivalries and romances to resurface

Jacques Pepin's Christmas celebration

Jacques and his daughter Claudine prepare the Christmas feast of their dreams, starting with oysters on the half-shell served over rice with a tangy mignonette sauce, home smoked salmon with cucumber salad, baked foie gras in cognac aspic, salt cured foie gras with nuts and sea salt, braised duck with tangy honey sauce, glazed shallots, and honey sweet potatoes, black truffle salad, noël log and Christmas pudding

Almost Christmas

A beloved patriarch asks his family for one gift this holiday season: to get along. If they can honor that wish and spend five days under the same roof without killing one another, it will be a Christmas miracle

Frosty the snowman

Discover how everyone's favorite happy, jolly soul came to life one day in the original holiday special

Die hard . 1-DVD edition

It's Christmas time in L.A. and on the 30th floor of the Nakatomi Corporation building there's an employee party in progress. The revelry comes to a violent end when the partygoers are taken hostage by a group of terrorists headed by Hans Gruber, who plans to steal the 600 million dollars locked in Nakatomi's high-tech safe. Gruber and his henchmen pretend to be politically motivated in order to throw the authorities off track. Gruber has no intention of allowing anyone to get out of the building alive. Meanwhile, New York cop John McClane has come to L.A. to visit his estranged wife, Holly, who happens to be one of the hostages. Disregarding the orders of the authorities surrounding the building, McClane takes on the villains, armed with one handgun and plenty of cunning

It's a wonderful life . 2-DVD edition

George Bailey has so many problems he is thinking about ending it all and it's Christmas! As the angels discuss George, his life is shown in flashback. As George is about to jump from a bridge, he ends up rescuing his guardian angel, Clarence. Clarence then shows George what his town would have looked like if it hadn't been for all of his good deeds over the years. Will Clarence be able to convince George to return to his family and forget suicide?

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

After being told he could not play in any Reindeer Games due to his glowing nose, Rudolph sets out on a fantastic journey where he meets Hermey the elf, prospector Yukon Cornelius and a host of Misfit Toys, all while trying to hide from the Abominable Snow Monster. It's a race against time as his family and Clarice try to find him during a big snowstorm that threatens to cancel Christmas

Miracle on 34th Street . 1-DVD edition

The holiday season is in full swing when a cultured gentleman with twinkling eyes, and ample belly, and a snowy bread is hired as Macy's department store Santa. He claims his name is Kris Kringle, and soon fills everyone with Christmas spirit; except for his boss, Doris Walker, who's raising her daughter to not believe in Santa. But when Kringle is declared insane, and put on trial, everyone's faith is put to the test

A Christmas carol

The classic Dickens story about a bitter old man who's given a chance for redemption when three ghosts come to visit him on Christmas Eve. Bonus features include: Introduction by Leonard Maltin, Dead to Begin With documentary, Scrooge By Another Name featurette, The Human Blarney Stone documentary, A Scholar's View video narrative, collection of early silent Dickens films, commentary tracks, and more!
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