Christmas nights at home

Index of Christmas posts

These are some of the movies, books and music we enjoy on nights at home during Advent (between Thanksgiving and Christmas Day) and Christmas (the 12 days beginning on Christmas Day and leading up to Epiphany). If you’re looking for things to do, perhaps you’ll recognize some of them as among your favorite activities, too, and perhaps others will offer some new ideas that appeal to you.

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28 Responses to Christmas nights at home

  1. Hannah says:

    Yes yes yes!!!

    My favorite movies definitely include Muppet Christmas Carol, White Christmas, The Bishop’s Wife, Miracle on 34th Street, The Nativity Story, and It’s a Wonderful Life.

    I’d add to the list of picture books anything Christmas/Winter-y by Jan Brett, the Polar Express, and A Wish to be a Christmas Tree. I also have fallen in love with several Little Golden Books like Uncle Mistletoe; Santa’s Workshop; and The Biggest, Most Beautiful Christmas Tree. They’re little, but fun!

    Lastly, for music I’d add Point of Grace – A Christmas Story and Veggie Tales – A Very Veggie Christmas. My favorites of what you’ve listed include Loreena McKennitt, George Winston, John Michael Talbot, Michael Card, Precious Child, and the Celtic Christmas albums.

    And no, Christmas and Advent would not be the same without the Family Celebrations book!

    Thanks Dad for making a list of all of these! I love Christmastime!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Kerry Magruder says:

    Thanks, Hannah! I’ve already added a couple storybooks by Jan Brett, and very soon I’ll add the other suggestions too. Wonderful!


  3. Susanna says:

    That’s great Dad!!!! I agree with Hannah about all that, but there is one movie you forgot that Hannah and I love to watch, Veggie Tales, The Toy That Saved Christmas!! (I love that one!)
    Love ya Dad!!
    Susie Kabluzie

  4. Kerry Magruder says:

    Thanks, Susanna! I’ll definitely add that one!


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  6. Hannah says:

    Yes, I forgot about the Veggie Tales movie, that’s wonderful! But clarification for Jan Brett, I don’t remember hearing of Who’s That Knocking on Christmas Eve, and two of my favorites are Trouble with Trolls and the Christmas Trolls! ๐Ÿ™‚ I also love The Night Tree, I remember that one more than the Christmas Farm one… but those are both relatively new additions to the picture book collection. ๐Ÿ™‚ love it!!! So many great books!!

  7. kvmagruder says:


    Thanks for mentioning your favorite Jan Brett books! “Who’s Knocking” might be the title of the one Rachel gave me last year (when you gave me “The Three Bears”) – I can’t remember for sure. So many books, we need a season devoted to reading them! Oh wait, that’s what Christmas is! ๐Ÿ™‚


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  24. Derrick Howlett says:

    When I was in 5th grade, Mrs. Steward read us “The Byrd’s Christmas Carol.” It was sad, but I learned so much about family life, love, and death. I do recommend it!

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  28. Candace Johnston says:

    This is delightful, Kerry. Thank you so much for sharing it!

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