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The Best Holiday Stories, Songs, and Books

The Best…, 12/01/2017

“This is my wish for you: peace of mind, prosperity through the year, happiness that multiplies, health for you and yours, fun around every corner, energy to chase your dreams, joy to fill your holidays!” — D.M. Dellinger

Songs

“You can’t save the world with music. But I can try. I have the same job as Bruce Springsteen. I have to go as far as I can with it.” -Brandon Flowers

The Killers put out a new Christmas single almost every year. Don’t Waste Your Wishes is a collection of their best. New Christmas music is hard to find, and this collection of eleven new songs for Christmas is already a classic.

Joel the Lump of Coal

Some time ago, at Santa’s place

Up in the old North Pole

There lived a lump of anthracite

Whose parents called him Joel

Joel, Joel, the lump of coal

Happy as a lump can be

He just wants to keep Santa warm

And make the elves cozy

But Santa Claus had other plans

For Joel one fateful day

“Joel, you’re just the lump I need

Come join me on my sleigh”

Joel, Joel, the lump of coal

Heart leapt up with joy

“I’ll soon be Santa’s present to

A lucky girl or boy

A Great Big Sled

This snowman is shaping up to be an 8

But not out of 10

The robots awake to find that they’ve been taped down

Wondering when they’ll break through these chains

But little boys have action toys for brains

I’m living proof it can last a long time

Now the girls off the street are innocent and sweet

When they’re all in bed

They got their make-up and dreams of wonderland

Sprinkled inside their heads

And soon they will change

But tonight Hollywood has never seemed so strange

Now mother’s pray it’ll last a long time

Here is a playlist on YouTube for you to cast:

Or Apple Music for you to blast:

Books

“The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written.” -Melody Beattie

The Nutcracker and the Mouse King by E.T.A. Hoffmann

“Kind reader, or listener, whatever may be your name, whether Frank, Robert, Henry, — Anna or Maria, I beg you to call to mind the table covered with your last Christmas gifts, as in their newest gloss they first appeared to your delighted vision. You will then “be able to imagine the astonishment of the children, as they stood with sparkling eyes, unable to utter a word, for joy at the sight before them.” -E.T.A. Hoffmann

The Nutcracker and The Mouse King is a novel written in 1816 by the German author E.T.A. Hoffmann. Although we highly recommend the book, if reading ain’t your style, then check out The Nutcracker Ballet or Disney’s short film (our personal favorite).

The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus by Frank Baum

“It is possible for any man, by good deeds, to enshrine himself as a Saint in the hearts of the people.”―L. Frank Baum

Two years after publishing Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Frank Baum wrote this story about the life of Santa Claus. Baum follows Santa as he learns to make toys, picks out his reindeer, and visits every child in one night.

Amazing Peace by Maya Angelou

“Angels and Mortals, Believers and Nonbelievers, look heavenward and speak the word aloud. Peace.” -Maya Angelou

In this deeply inspiring poem, Maya Angelou calls on us to embrace one another despite differing beliefs, seek peace, and enjoy life.

Want more holiday reads like these? Check out our list of The 30 Best Christmas Books of All Time!

Opportunities Spotlight

Our friends at Sphero are hiring!

If you want to help people learn about tech, AR, play, and laugh… you’ll love working at this company. Check out their open roles here. If you’re interested, send us a resume and a message. If there is a good fit, we’ll introduce you.

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