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An Unconventional Librarian’s Holiday Book Round-Up

An Unconventional Librarian’s Holiday Book Round-up

Don’t know where to start shopping ? Here are some ideas.

The Annotated Christmas Carol  by Charles Dickens

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Christmas Cookies by Betty Crocker

betty crocker christmas cookies

Christmas All Through the House by Matthew Mead

matthew mead's christmas all through the house

Christmas Slow Cooking by Dominique DeVito

christmas slow cooking by dominique devito

2013 Christmas with Southern Living

2013 christmas with souther living

Christmas by Taste of Home

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Best-Loved  Christmas Classics by Southern Living

southern living best loved christmas classics

The Twelve Day of Christmas by Jan Brett

the twelve days of christmas by jan brett

Awkward Family Holiday Photos by Mike Bender and Doug Chernack

awkward family holiday photos by mike bender

Coloring for Grown Up Holiday Fun by Ryan Hunter and Taige Jensen

coloring for grown ups holiday fun book by ryan hunter

Holiday Crafts by Catherine Worman

holiday crafts
And Fun Christmas Crafts to Make and Bake
funchristmascrafts
WHEW!!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

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Day 12: The Twelve Books of Christmas

The Twelve Books of Christmas

On the twelfth day of Christmas

An Unconventional Librarian gave to me

The Annotated Christmas Carol

by Charles Dickens

dickens

 

Christmas Cookies by Betty Crocker

betty crocker christmas cookies

Christmas All Through the House by Matthew Mead

matthew mead's christmas all through the house

Christmas Slow Cooking by Dominique DeVito

christmas slow cooking by dominique devito

2013 Christmas with Southern Living

2013 christmas with souther living

Christmas by Taste of Home

taste of home christmas

Best-Loved  Christmas Classics by Southern Living

southern living best loved christmas classics

The Twelve Day of Christmas by Jan Brett

the twelve days of christmas by jan brett

Awkward Family Holiday Photos by Mike Bender and Doug Chernack

awkward family holiday photos by mike bender

Coloring for Grown Up Holiday Fun by Ryan Hunter and Taige Jensen

coloring for grown ups holiday fun book by ryan hunter

Holiday Crafts by Catherine Worman

holiday crafts
And Fun Christmas Crafts to Make and Bake
funchristmascrafts
WHEW!!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

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The Twelve Books of Christmas: Day 12

The Twelve Books of Christmas

On the twelfth day of Christmas

An Unconventional Librarian gave to me

The Annotated Christmas Carol

by Charles Dickens

dickens

 

Christmas Cookies by Betty Crocker

betty crocker christmas cookies

Christmas All Through the House by Matthew Mead

matthew mead's christmas all through the house

Christmas Slow Cooking by Dominique DeVito

christmas slow cooking by dominique devito

2013 Christmas with Southern Living

2013 christmas with souther living

Christmas by Taste of Home

taste of home christmas

Best-Loved  Christmas Classics by Southern Living

southern living best loved christmas classics

The Twelve Day of Christmas by Jan Brett

the twelve days of christmas by jan brett

Awkward Family Holiday Photos by Mike Bender and Doug Chernack

awkward family holiday photos by mike bender

Coloring for Grown Up Holiday Fun by Ryan Hunter and Taige Jensen

coloring for grown ups holiday fun book by ryan hunter

Holiday Crafts by Catherine Worman

holiday crafts
And Fun Christmas Crafts to Make and Bake
funchristmascrafts
WHEW!!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

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A Christmas Carol – The Concert

Every year many families engage in their holiday traditions.  My family is no different.  I have been a public television fan since  Sesame Street and Mister Rogers came on the air.  In the Philadelphia metro region, I have come to look forward to watching holiday shows on my local station, WHYY.  We are Dickens fans and competitively seek the latest or oldest or most unusual retelling of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.  My husband is a fan of the ghastly old Jacob Marley and his shackles.

Imagine my delight when I discovered there was a musical version of my fave holiday tale!

A Christmas Carol – The Concert, is the classic Dickens tale performed as a dramatic concert featuring a full symphony orchestra, choir, rhythm section, a Narrator, and three soloists. With a brand new score by Bob Christianson and Alisa Hauser, A Christmas Carol – The Concert has musical styles that range from classical and Broadway, to blues and gospel. Hear and see this classic ghost story as you’ve never heard it before!

I watched A Christmas Carol with trepidation; fearful that my Dickensian fantasies would be torn to shreds by a goofy guitar riff or an unusually uptempo piano beat.

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I am pleased to say that I was not disappointed! A Christmas Carol – The Concert was everything I’d hoped it would be.  It was the same tale that I loved, married by that magical je ne sais quoi that only public television can provide.  A Christmas Carol certainly should be sung! The full throated narrator (E. Faye Butler) jolts you out of your seat as she introduces the tale.  You are hooked as the performance draws you in.  I didn’t move until Belle (Arya Daire) and Scrooge’s (Michael Aaron Linder) break up scene.  Who knew a break up could be so emotional? I moved to grab tissues; I knew I would need more.

And I did need more tissues.  Even though we all know the story of poor little Tiny Tim, Bob Cratchit’s (one of many roles played by the talented Scott Coulter) beautiful ode to his son left me weeping and cursing old miserly Scrooge. Even though we all know how A Christmas Carol ends, isn’t it grand to see the old miser’s face wake up and realize he’s gotten a chance at redemption?

Yes it is. It is quite grand.

And so is this musical performance.  Start to finish the concert kept me entertained and will be part of my holiday tradition in the future.

Now I want a sparkly jacket like the orchestra conductor (Amy Duran) and I want to learn to speak as majestically as The Narrator.    In fact, I may practice on everyone I meet.

After I watch A Christmas Carol – The Concert one more time.

A Christmas Carol – The Concert airs December 22, check your local TV listings.  Come back and tell me how you loved it!