Okay I don’t know about the rest of you. But there are movies that I have to watch every year or it quite simply does not feel like Christmas. I have fond memories of VHS tapes with various recordings on them. There are so many flashbacks to the commercials which ran at the time, and the memories of those old couches and entertainment centers. I love the memories and jokes made with my siblings, thinking of and making my favorite Christmas treats, and especially sharing these experiences with my kids. I thought I would share my top 5 Christmas movies and I would love to hear about your favorite movies and memories so please share in the comments.
Home Alone (1990)
If you haven’t seen this yet I would request that you stop what you are doing and log on to your Disney+ or come to the library and put yourself on hold for this classic holiday comedy. Kevin McCallister has been left home alone while his family is off to Paris for Christmas. While his mother works so hard to get home Kevin has to work to defend his home from the Wet Bandits. This comedy will have you in stitches as the Wet Bandits try to burgle the McCallister’s home.
The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)
There are so many versions of A Christmas Carol but I love this one. Michael Caine does such a beautiful job portraying the grumpy Mr Scrooge, and the other Muppets bring such a fun element as they portray the growth Scrooge goes through over the course of meeting with the various Spirits.
It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
After a really horrible Christmas George Bailey tries to kill himself but his guardian angel takes the time to help him see the difference he has made to the world around him and how many people love him in his life. This one is such a sweet reminder that it is all of our little acts in the lives of those around us that truly make a difference.
Dr Seuss How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966)
Alright I have to see the classic animated version because Christmas just isn’t the same without Boris Karloff telling the story of the Grinch and all of his angst as he faces another Christmas season with all the Whos holiday craziness down below. The other two versions with Benedict Cumberbatch and Jim Carry are wonderful for their own reasons but I will always have to go back to the original.
The Year Without a Santa Claus (1974)
Santa has a cold and feels underappreciated this year and he has decided to cancel Christmas. Two elves take it upon themselves to go and find children to change Santa’s mind but first they have to figure out what to do with the Miser Brothers. This movies holds such beautiful memories for me and I absolutely love the music that goes with this one.
I am so excited to be doing a blog post about the library’s kit collection! The Portneuf Library maintains a collection of kits for checkout. These kits include one or more books on a subject and the necessary equipment to learn about that subject or skill. Each adult card can checkout 1 kit at a time for up to 4 weeks! Our kit collection is currently made up of more than 50 kits with more kits being curated all the time. They are located in the alcove in the main part of the library against the south wall. Let me tell you about some of my favorites!
The Cake Decorating Kit. This kit is for the budding cake decorator! Included are
The White Box Kit. Have you ever been playing a board game and had an idea? An awful idea? A wonderful, awful idea? Well, Mr. Grinch, tis the season to try out that board game idea with the White Box kit! Included in this kit are:
The Astronomy Kit. Checkout this kit and the constellations! This kit may not tell you the secrets of the universe outright, but it can sure help you find them a little faster with:
The Cookie Decorating Kit. Yes, I know we already talked about cake, but there is always room for cookies, especially with our cookie press! Whether you cut with the themed cookie cutters or prefer the fanciful swirls of the cookie press, it doesn’t matter as long as the dough gets in the oven. Well, most of the dough, anyway. This kit includes:
The Sewing Machine Kit. Ah, sewing. You would be surprised how many people don’t know how to use a sewing machine these days, myself included. That’s why I have this kit on hold. It includes:
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