Branch out from the classic holiday fare

Mary Pom ClaiborneFeature

With one mention of “It’s a major award,” you’re likely to get back “fra-geee-lay.” Christmas Story has become the go-to movie classic along with Love Actually and It’s a Wonderful Life. Perennial favorites, all. There’s bound to be a marathon of all these titles coming up.

While we all love the classics, new holiday movies are being produced all the time. The Hallmark Channel specializes in family-oriented titles and the library owns several, including Christmas Everlasting Love, Lights, Hannukah!A Christmas Miracle; and Ice Sculpture Christmas. If you’re feeling like more of a grinch many offbeat titles are set during the season like FatmanSilent Night, or Anna and the Apocalypse.

Tired of the same old Christmas carols? Try something different with albums Llegó Navidad by Los Lobos, Sugar & Booze by Ana GasteyerHey! Merry Christmas! by the MavericksShatner Claus: the Christmas Album by William Shatner or A Swingin’ Little Christmas by Jane Lynch.

Of course, you can always find more in our catalog with these handy links for Christmas-themed movies and music or just call the Sights & Sounds desk at 865-215-8714 to speak with our staff about what’s available.

If you need a break from the holidays, check out our next genealogy workshop on December 13 at the East Tennessee History Center – Caring for Family Heirlooms. That old family Bible, family photo, or 19th century letter may be worth preserving. Learn how!

Mary Pom Claiborne is assistant director for marketing, communications and development for Knox County Public Library

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