Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays

The holidays add joy—and sometimes stress—to life. The Library helps you find the cheer this season with the perfect respite: books and videos that raise your spirits and lift your heart.


Compiled by:
Jane R.

Bruce David Forbes
Adult Nonfiction – 394.26973 For

Explores how five of America's culturally dominant holidays (Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Easter, Halloween, and Thanksgiving) came to be what they are today: combinations of seasonal and religious celebrations, heavily influenced by modern popular culture.
 


Children's Music


Hap Palmer
Children's Music – J 781.524 Pal

An eclectic CD for all ages, paying tribute to a wide variety of holidays.
 


Fiction


Richard Paul Evans
Adult Fiction – Evans

A holiday story about two people who brave loneliness and loss to find love.
 


Nothing with Strings: NPR's Beloved Holiday Stories

Bailey White
Adult Fiction – White

A holiday collection of short stories that capture the eccentric lives of the inhabitants of a small Southern town.
 


Movies & Music

Christmas in the Heartland
Movies & Music – DVD Chr

Seated next to each other on a plane, Kara and Jessie strike up an unlikely friendship. With both girls visiting family they’ve never met, they devise a plan to switch places for Christmas.


Movies & Music – DVD 394.2649 Spi

Sounds, sights and music to create a holiday atmosphere.
 


Nonfiction


Bruce David Forbes
Adult Nonfiction – 394.26973 For

Explores how five of America's culturally dominant holidays (Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Easter, Halloween, and Thanksgiving) came to be what they are today: combinations of seasonal and religious celebrations, heavily influenced by modern popular culture.
 


Awkward Family Holiday Photos

Mike Bender
Adult Nonfiction – 818.602 Ben

Pays homage to the holidays’ funniest (and most uncomfortable) moments, as captured by awkward family photos.
 


The Book of (Holiday) Awesome

Neil Pasricha
Adult Nonfiction – 818.6 Pas

Describes all the little things that make the holidays great, from successfully regifting a present to knowing that Kwanzaa is worth more Scrabble points than Hanukkah or Christmas.
 


The Book of New Family Traditions: How to Create Great Rituals for Holidays and Every Day

Meg Cox
Adult Nonfiction – 306.85 Cox

Family traditions provide a sense of home and identity that kids and parents both need. This book spotlights hundreds of ways to bring fun and ritual back to family life.
 


Hanukkah in America: A History

Dianne Ashton
Adult Nonfiction – 296.435 Ash

Reveals how an almost forgotten festival became the most visible of American Jewish holidays.
 



Edited by Jennifer Stair
Adult Nonfiction – 818.54 Hu

Stories, quips and quotes for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s.
 


When Holidays Hurt: Finding Hidden Hope Amid Pain and Loss 

Bo Stern
Adult Nonfiction – 248.866 Ste 

Stories and scriptures that offer readers a way to redeem what can be painful days—Thanksgiving, Christmas, birthdays and anniversaries, milestones such as weddings and graduations, and more.