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The easiest way to find a variety of holiday stories in MERLIN is to use Subject Headings.
Amazing Peace by
Call Number: PS3551.N464 A78 2005
In this beautiful, deeply moving poem, Maya Angelou inspires us to embrace the peace and promise of Christmas, so that hope and love can once again light up our holidays and the world. “Angels and Mortals, Believers and Nonbelievers, look heavenward,” she writes, “and speak the word aloud. Peace.”
Nativity Poems by
Call Number: PG3479.4.R64 R6913 2001
In Nativity Poems six superb poets in English have come together to translate the ten as yet untranslated poems from Joseph Brodsky, and the poems are presented in English in their entirety for the first time, in a beautiful, pocket-sized edition drawing on the Renaissance imagery that Brodsky identified as the poems' inspiration.
The Night Before Christmas by
Call Number: Juvenile PS2429.M5 N5 1998d
Brett's "New York Times"-bestselling edition of Moore's classic Christmas poem celebrates its 10th anniversary, with a special note from Brett and an exquisitely redesigned jacket with red foil trim, making this a delectable holiday treat for a new generation of readers.
Adult Books - Fiction
Skipping Christmas by
Call Number: PS3557.R5355 S65 2001
Imagine a year without Christmas. No crowded malls, no corny office parties, no fruitcakes, no unwanted presents. That's just what Luther and Nora Krank have in mind when they decide that, just this once, they'll skip the holiday altogether. Theirs will be the only house on Hemlock Street without a rooftop Frosty; they won't be hosting their annual Christmas Eve bash; they aren't even going to have a tree. They won't need one, because come December 25 they're setting sail on a Caribbean cruise. But, as this weary couple is about to discover, skipping Christmas brings enormous consequences and isn't half as easy as they'd imagined.
The Good Remains by
Call Number: PS3566.O83577 G66 2002
During a snowy prelude to a much-anticipated hospital Christmas party, Dr. C. R. Ash crosses paths with a world of local characters, living and dead: from Betty, his fire-fearing secretary and her cohort, Dr. Pendleton Compton; to C. R.'s lascivious best friend who mends the hearts of babies; to Kirsten, a candy stripper who teeters between the worlds of childhood and child rearing; to a clutch of death-obsessed teenagers; to two amateur caterers striving to create a Dickensian world of magic for the overworked and bedraggled hospital staff. In a town adrift with housing developments, strip malls, and Civil War history, the members of this motley assemblage are all impelled by their search to solve the ancient human riddles of love, loss, and desolation.
All Through the Night by
Call Number: PS3553.L287 A77 1998
Alvirah, the lottery winner turned amateur sleuth, and her husband, Willy, get caught up in a Christmas mystery that calls on all of Alvirah's deductive powers, as well as Willy's world-class common sense. The story begins when a young unmarried woman leaves her newborn child on the rectory doorstep at a church on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. At the same moment, inside the church, a young man is stealing a treasured artifact, a chalice adorned with a single star-shaped diamond. Both the infant and the chalice disappear.
The Complete Kwanzaa by
Call Number: GT4403 .R56 1995
For the 18 million African Americans who celebrate Kwanzaa--and the millions more who want to know more about it--this comprehensive guide explains the traditional ceremonies, foods, clothing, and history of this joyful and spiritual holiday. A much-needed sourcebook and a welcome gift.
Adult Books - Nonfiction
A Kosher Christmas by
Call Number: Online
Christmas is not everybody's favorite holiday. Historically, Jews in America, whether participating in or refraining from recognizing Christmas, have devised a multitude of unique strategies to respond to the holiday season. Their response is a mixed one: do we participate, try to ignore the holiday entirely, or create our own traditions and make the season an enjoyable time? This book, the first on the subject of Jews and Christmas in the United States, portrays how Jews are shaping the public and private character of Christmas by transforming December into a joyous holiday season belonging to all Americans.
Pearl Harbor Christmas by
Call Number: D755.3 .W45 2011
Christmas 1941 came little more than two weeks after the attack on Pearl Harbor. The shock--in some cases overseas, elation--was worldwide. While Americans attempted to go about celebrating as usual, the reality of the just-declared war was on everybody's mind. United States troops on Wake Island were battling a Japanese landing force and, in the Philippines, losing the fight to save Luzon. In Japan, the Pearl Harbor strike force returned to Hiroshima Bay and toasted its sweeping success. Across the Atlantic, much of Europe was frozen in grim Nazi occupation. Just three days before Christmas, Churchill surprised Roosevelt with an unprecedented trip to Washington, where they jointly lit the White House Christmas tree. As the two Allied leaders met to map out a winning wartime strategy, the most remarkable Christmas of the century played out across the globe. Pearl Harbor Christmas is a deeply moving and inspiring story about what it was like to live through a holiday season few would ever forget.
Silent Night by
Call Number: D530 .W45 2001
From an acclaimed historian and National Book Award finalist comes the poignant story of World War I's 1914 Christmas truce--the spontaneous and tantalizingly brief moment when mortal enemies came together as friends.
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (Script) by
Call Number: PS3568.O282 B4 1983
In this hilarious Christmas tale, a couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant is faced with casting the Herdman kids - probably the most inventively awful kids in history. You won't believe the mayhem - and the fun - when the Herdmans collide with the Christmas story head on This delightful comedy is adapted from the best selling book and the only story ever to run twice in McCall's Magazine. An American classic.
Christmas Shorts by
Call Number: PS3608.O883 C57 2010
Collection of short plays. A celebrated Winner of the 2009 Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival, playwright Matt Hoverman brings an evening of hilarious short holiday comedies to the stage. A wonderful alternative for theatres tired of mounting the traditional seasonal play, Christmas Shorts offers five original plays that humorously comment on holiday themes: family, the nativity, Xmas cards, and elves. Included are the plays: Going Home, The Christmas Witch, Xmas Cards, Nativity, and the Samuel French Festival award-winning play The Student. An outstanding Christmas collection for any theatre!
The Long Christmas Ride Home by
Call Number: PS3572.O294 L66 2004
Past, present and future collide on a snowy Christmas Eve for a troubled family of five. Humorous and heart-wrenching, this beautifully written play by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of How I Learned to Drive proves that magic can be found in the simplest breaths of life.