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December: Top 10 Festive Books and Films for the Ultimate Christmas Viewing Party: All Free, No Subscriptions Needed!

by Ashlee Simpson on 2023-12-04T13:38:00+11:00 | 0 Comments

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Christmas is upon us, summer holidays are just within fingertip’s reach, and it’s time to get into the festive mood! Here are a bunch of books and films available within our library collection for your ultimate Christmas viewing party! 

           To view the texts on ClickView or Kanopy, log in with your student number, followed by – e.g.


My Merry Christmas by Rosie Smith and Bruce Whatley

Delightfully colourful and playfully festive, My Merry Christmas is a picture story book that captures the fun of coming together at Christmas time. Big, small, feathered furry – a bunch of animals come together and engage in all of the Christmassy activities.
Available from the City Campus library.




Christmas Lights by Ryan Archibald 

Don’t feel like driving around town on Christmas Eve to see houses decorated with basic strips of Christmas lights? Look no further! Director Ryan Archibald has curated an hour of the most dazzling, vibrant, and festive light displays. Accompanied by a soundtrack of classic Christmas tunes, these displays will “wow” you right from the comfort of your living room.
Available online on Kanopy




Donna Hay Christmas by Donna Hay

Fresh, simple, modern, stress-free, and divine – chef Donna Hay has curated a menu of traditional yet accessible Christmas recipes for your festive feast. From entrees to the main event, to desserts and other little sweet treats, Donna Hay Christmas also includes a “Tips” section to find your inner culinary expert.
Available from the City Campus library.





A Christmas Carol in Context by Edwina Baden-Powell

A Christmas Carol in Context is an educational historical documentary dissecting Dickens’ 1843 classic A Christmas Carol. In under 10 minutes, the video combines literature and the Industrial Revolution to place the original novel into context and to explore the gothic qualities of the Christmas classic.
Available online on ClickView




Christmas Ornaments for Woodworking: 300 Beautiful Designs by Rick and Karen Longabaugh

The ultimate Christmas present inspo and how-to guide, this book features a range of Christmassy projects to produce the most beautiful décor. With patterns and guides on scroll sawing, woodcarving, wood burning, glass etching, and many other crafts, there are over 300 unique seasonal patterns that readers can follow to create gorgeous and inexpensive ornaments.
Available from the East Campus library. 





A Christmas Past by D.W. Griffith & Edwin Porter 

This two-hour film is a collection of nine silent films from 1901 to 1925 and offer a nostalgic peek into the yuletide pleasures of the early 20th century. Picturesque and digitally mastered alongside an enchanting soundtrack, there are a variety of digitalised Christmas shorts such as A Christmas Carol, Twas The Night Before Christmas, A Christmas Accident and more.
Available online on Kanopy




The Christmas Toy by Eric Till 

Adorable, nostalgic, and a quick + easy-to-digest classic, The Christmas Toy is a short film exploring muppet Rugby the Tiger as he attempts to be unwrapped a year after he was a Christmas gift. Like a Christmassy version of Toy Story, this film is sure to win over your festive heart.
Available online on Kanopy





All I Want for Christmas is Rain by Cori Brooke

Christmas in Australia: we know it as the time for the beach, cricket, and sun. Cori Brooke uses picture book narration to explore a little Australian girl and her one Christmas wish for rain during a threatening drought at Christmas time. Alongside the narrative, ecocritical ideology and conservation awareness are key messages of the text.
Available from the City Campus library. 



The Nutcracker and the Mouse King by the Dutch National Ballet 

Each year, The Nutcracker Ballet is performed across the world, however a multitude of time and effort goes into producing the production. From the choreography of Toer van Schayk and Wayne Eagling, the Dutch National Ballet perform the festive stage tradition for the children and adults of today with a twist that includes skaters on the canals, and a living room-turned-snowy forest. 
Available online on Kanopy.




Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence by Nagisa Oshima 

Here’s one to sit beside Home Alone and The Polar Express on your Christmas movie list: Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence is a powerful prisoner-of-war drama film set in a Japanese camp. Featuring David Bowie and a stunning cast, the film explores relationships, war, and rebellion alongside stunning cinematography.
Available online on Kanopy.




Words by Ashlee Simpson, Digital & Library Engagement Officer. 

This post was originally published to The Library Latest's blog on December 5th 2022.

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