‘Tis the season?

As the holiday season is inescapably upon us now, I was wondering whether to buy a Christmas tree even though I wouldn’t be home on Christmas itself. When I determined, after much internal debate, that lights and borrowing a friends unneeded pre-lit fake tree was the way to go, I decided that if I were going to decorate, I’d need Christmas music.  I polled the fine people of Twitter and got many lovely sounding suggestions, but I realized that plenty of people I know apparently have favorite Christmas albums—and I don’t.  I guess I’d never noticed it was something people felt strongly about (except in that they are pro- or anti-Christmas songs generally).

What I do have, however, are favorite books.  (And movies: if you have never seen Jim Henson’s A Christmas Toy, which is basically like a Muppet-y precursor to Toy Story, do yourself a favor and make it happen this holiday season.*)  As tradition dictates in many a family, of course, Christmas Eve is time for ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas I still remember laughing riotously every time the father “threw up” the sash, childishly making vomit noises with my siblings.  And when I say I remember that, I mean I probably did it last Christmas.  Another family tradition is reading A Wish for Wings That Work, the story of Opus the Penguin (from the comic strip Bloom County)—you can probably work out the plot from the title.

What about you?  I feel like I might need a bit more forced holiday cheer than usual to de-Scrooge myself before I really full on embrace the season.  Any recommendations for holiday books?

*You know I barely need an excuse to talk Henson, but FYI, I loved The Muppets.  Probably the best Muppet movie possible in a post-Jim Henson world, in my opinion.

6 Responses to ‘Tis the season?

  1. Joelle says:

    Well, I am a big fan of the Betsy-Tacy books and there is a Christmas chapter in each book (I think), so I usually pick one or two out of the series and read the chapter aloud to my husband on Christmas Eve. And then I can’t resist and end up reading the whole book.

    You didn’t ask here, but my favourite (because it’s the BEST) Christmas album is Christmas at the Almanac Music Hall. http://www.amazon.com/Christmas-At-Almanac-Music-Hall/dp/B00003CM7F/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1322877387&sr=8-1 And not just because my husband wrote and performed song #8 – It’s Christmas Time Again. It actually is a stellar album!

  2. I LOVE A Christmas Toy! We had it on VHS and I watched it over and over again as a kid. That movie also convinced me my toys came alive when I wasn’t looking which later led to many Talking Tina/Chucky nightmares.

  3. Tricia says:

    Have you seen “Emmet Otter’s Jug Band Christmas”? Now that is a muppet type movie you would love…and a family tradition for us!

    • Sarah Henson says:

      Tricia, that is one of my favorite Christmas movies! I love all of Jim Henson’s muppets, but I think those are my favorites (I have it on DVD). I caught my husband walking around the house singing “cause there ain’t no hole in the washtub” just the other day.

      • Tricia says:

        Sarah, I catch my husband singing that all the time during this season! He’s actually really excited because we are introducing it to our five-year-old this year. Hubby thought the Riverbottom Nightmare Band might be too much for him. (The Grinch made him cry two years ago.) Now that little man is into Speed Racer & Speed Racer the Next Generation…Hubby agrees it’s time for him to see it! Yeah! I can’t wait!

  4. Sarah Henson says:

    “The Christmas Day Kitten” by James Herriot and “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” by Dr. Seuss are two of my favorite books. As for an amazing Christmas album: “December” by George Winston. He’s one of the most beautiful pianists I’ve ever heard.

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