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  • Writer's pictureIlena Alvarez

Holiday Recommendations: Movies, Books, Music, Poetry

Updated: Jul 11, 2023


"The Night Before Christmas" by Clement Clarke Moore is a beloved holiday poem that has been passed down through the generations. The story follows a man named Santa Claus as he travels through the night delivering presents to children all over the world. With its playful rhymes and joyful message, "The Night Before Christmas" is a must-read for the holiday season.


"It's a Wonderful Life" is a classic holiday film about George Bailey, a man who is shown the value of his life by an angel on Christmas Eve. With its heartwarming message of hope and the power of human connection, "It's a Wonderful Life" is a must-see for the holiday season.

"The Polar Express" by Chris Van Allsburg is a heartwarming tale about a young boy who takes a magical train ride to the North Pole on Christmas Eve. Along the way, he meets a cast of characters who help him to believe in the magic of the season. With its beautiful illustrations and timeless message of hope and wonder, "The Polar Express" is a perfect holiday read for readers of all ages.

"The Hanukkah Song" is a classic holiday song performed by comedian Adam Sandler that pokes fun at the differences between Christmas and Hanukkah traditions. The song is a playful and lighthearted celebration of the holiday season and is a great choice for anyone looking to get into the holiday spirit.


"A Rugrats Chanukah" is an episode of the popular animated series "Rugrats" that focuses on the holiday of Hanukkah. The episode follows the adventures of a group of toddlers as they learn about the traditions and customs of Hanukkah, including the lighting of the menorah and the spinning of the dreidel. With its charming characters and fun-filled plot, "A Rugrats Chanukah" is a great choice for families looking to celebrate both Christmas and Hanukkah.


"Eight Crazy Nights" is an animated holiday film about a young man named Davey Stone who is sentenced to community service during the holiday season. As he works to redeem himself and earn back the trust of his community, Davey learns the true meaning of Hanukkah and the power of forgiveness. With its funny characters and heartwarming message, "Eight Crazy Nights" is a great choice for anyone looking to celebrate both Christmas and Hanukkah.


"Elf" is a hilarious holiday comedy about Buddy, a human who was raised by elves at the North Pole. When Buddy learns that he is actually human, he sets off on a journey to New York City to find his father and discover his true identity. With its wacky plot and lovable characters, "Elf" is a fun and festive holiday film that will appeal to viewers of all ages.

"The Hebrew Hammer" is a comedy film about a Jewish superhero named Mordechai Jefferson Carver (aka the Hebrew Hammer) who must save Hanukkah from being destroyed by the evil Santa Claus. With its irreverent sense of humor and wacky plot, "The Hebrew Hammer" is a fun and unique take on the holiday season that will appeal to fans of both Christmas and Hanukkah.


"A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens is a classic holiday tale about the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge, who is visited by the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future on the night before Christmas. Through their guidance, Scrooge learns the true meaning of Christmas and the power of redemption. With its timeless themes of charity, kindness, and the importance of family, "A Christmas Carol" is a must-see for the holiday season.


"The Gift of the Magi" by O. Henry is a classic holiday short story about a young couple, Jim and Della, who are struggling to afford Christmas gifts for each other. Despite their limited resources, they find a way to express their love and appreciation for one another in the most heartfelt and meaningful way. With its themes of love, sacrifice, and the true meaning of Christmas, "The Gift of the Magi" is a heartwarming read that will appeal to readers of all ages.

"How the Grinch Stole Christmas!" by Dr. Seuss is a classic holiday tale about the Grinch, a grumpy and misanthropic creature who tries to steal Christmas from the Whos in Whoville. With its playful rhymes, colorful illustrations, and uplifting message of holiday cheer, "How the Grinch Stole Christmas!" is a must-read for the holiday season.

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