Yes, my custom on this blog is usually to write about Christianity and Judaism together. But…I don’t know of any Hanukkah movies or TV episodes or fiction. So, I’m just going to give you my top Christmastime stories, but not rank them.
Gift of the Magi by O. Henry.This is a classic short-story about a couple who aren’t wealthy and express their love for each other at Christmas by each selling their prized possession to buy a present for the other. (available for as little as $0.99 at Barnes and Nobel online –http://bn.com
free to Nook users)
A Charlie Brown Christmas.
Charlie Brown isn’t feeling the Christmas spirit this year. So, his pals make him the director of the Christmas pageant. I like this one because it has classic Peanuts gang gas like Lucy’s advice stand and Sally’s crush on Linus. But to me the best part is when Linus cheers them all up by reminding them what Christmas is really all about: not the getting of presents, but the birth of Christ. (Available on ABC video on demand thru your TV provider)
Rudolph’s Shiny New Year
The red-noses reindeer and friends go on an adventure thru islands of the Archipelago of Last Year to find the lost baby new year before the naughty buzzard and ensure that New Years’ comes on schedule. I liked this one as a kid because it included a hat tip to the founding of the USA as part of the story.(available on CBS video on demand through your TV provider)
New Christmas stories
Phineas and Ferb save Christmas.
The evil Dr Doofenschmirtz has created a cloud of naughtiness over Danville, so it falls to Phineas and Ferb and their friends to plead the town’s case with Santa and ultimately deliver presents in his place. (Available on iTunes or Amazon Instant Video)
Lois and Clark the New Adventures of Superman.
Nothing quite compares to the image of Superman pulling a flying sleigh with Perry White, Lois Lane, Jimmy Olsen and other members of the supporting cast from the season 2 Christmas episode. (Available on iTunes or Amazon Instant Video)
I’ve got to give props to a fellow fanfiction writer SHADOLibrarian here. Her stories ‘Starlight Contemplations’ and ‘Guardian Angels’ are both top notch. Everything I’ve read by her is superb and why she isn’t a best selling novelist is a mystery to me.
‘Starlight Contemplations’ is very short story that can be read in a single sitting. It posits Superman’s parents contemplating the world toward which they’re about to launch their son. A little later, while contemplating those who may have lived around the Shining Star of Bethlehem before it grew so large and bright, Mary and Joseph prepare to take their Child and flee into Egypt. (free on fanfiction.net
‘Guardian Angles’ comes in at 12 chapters and it’s novella length, so it’s more of a 12 days of Christmas story. It evokes the Richard Donner ‘Superman,’ ‘Lois and Clark’ as well as Bryan Singer’s ‘Superman Returns.’ Recurring themes include Angels of Light and Darkness and man’s struggle within himself to choose the harder right over the easier wrong as well as seasonal message of hope. (free on fanfiction.net https://www.fanfiction.net/s/4612753/1/Guardian-Angels)
Honorable Mentions go to movies set at Christmastime, but having nothing to do with Christmas: ‘Iron Man Three’ (suitable for older children) and the original ‘Die Hard’ (suitable for adults, but not teenagers or children)
Thank you for taking time out to read my list of Christmas favorites.
What’s your favorite Christmas story: movie, TV episode, or written story? Tell me about it in the comments below.