Posts Tagged ‘ List ’

Heartwarming Christmas Stories & Their Top Christmas Quotes

A Marriage Carol Cover: Best Christmas StoriesWe’ve had a lot of fun talking about A Marriage Carol this month – it’s easy to get carried away talking about this beautiful, modern-day remake of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. But today we want to dedicate some time to our other favorite Christmas stories. Here are a few (in our minds) of the best classic Christmas movies, books, and TV specials, plus our favorite Christmas quotes from each one.

1. A Charlie Brown Christmas (TV Special)

Dismayed by the commercialism of Christmas, Charlie Brown seeks to find hope in a Christmas nativity. Throughout the TV special (the first-ever Peanuts special), Charlie and friends find new meanings to the holiday.

Favorite quote: “Da-da-dum-da-da-da-dum-daaaah.” (It’s the song! Can you hum it?)

2. A Christmas Story (Movie)

Ralphie, a boy growing up in the 1940’s, tries to convince his parents that a Red Ryder BB gun is the perfect Christmas present. After being told “You’ll shoot your eye out,” one too many times, Ralphie is not happy. Not even an essay will convince his parents, his teacher, and Santa Claus that he should get a BB gun for Christmas.

Favorite quote: “You’ll shoot your eye out, kid.”

3. While You Were Sleeping (Movie)

From Deb: This is a movie I love to see at holiday time. When Lucy (Sandra Bullock), a single woman alone at Christmas, saves a stranger’s life and is mistaken by his family for his fiance, the comedy begins. Peter’s brother, Jack (Bill Pulman), suspects Lucy’s secret and, in his attempts to reveal it, falls for her. But she is engaged to his brother, Peter, right? If you have never seen it, pop some popcorn, snuggle on the sofa and enjoy this delightful movie over the holidays.

Favorite quote: “You’re born into a family. You don’t join them like you do the Marines.”

4. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (Book)

The annual church Christmas pageant is at risk of being destroyed when six new brothers and sisters decide to join. The Herdmans, who are notorious for causing trouble and terrorizing the other children, take over the pageant. As the church’s traditions are challenged by the Herdmans’ rowdy behavior, everyone learns a few lessons about Christmas.

Favorite quote: “Hey, unto you a child is born!”

5. Silent Night, Holy Night (Song)

While this classic Christmas hymn might not tell a story in the same way as the others on this list, we think the story it tells is the greatest of them all. Silent Night, a favorite Christmas song, tells the story of Jesus’ birth and the beginning of His ministry on earth.

Favorite quote: “Radiant beams from thy holy face, with the dawn of redeeming grace…”

Bonus! One of our favorite Christmas quotes from A Marriage Carol: “With love, we move purposefully and intuitively. Without it, we stumble, blindly searching for the narrow path.” (Gary Chapman & Chris Fabry, 2011)

What’s your favorite Christmas story (book, movie, TV special, radio drama)? Tell us in the comments for a chance to win a copy of A Marriage Carol! (This week we’re giving away 5 copies so everyone should comment!!!)


What Should I Get My Best Friend For Christmas? 3-Word Gift Ideas

What should I get my best friend for Christmas?
Here at River North, we love to give gifts. Most of the time that means we’re giving away books (like today!), but when the holidays roll around, we like to have other ideas too. Here are some 3-word gift ideas that we might treat our friends to this Christmas season.

Post your 3-word gift idea at the bottom of the post and you might win #2! We’ll pick 3 winners from this week’s comments!

  1. Handmade paper stationary
  2. A Marriage Carol, by Chris Fabry & Gary Chapman
  3. Chocolate-covered pretzel rods
  4. Red “Read” Sign
  5. Favorite Photo Framed
  6. Handmade Christmas Ornament
  7. 20 minute massage
  8. Prayers for Today, by Kurt Bjorklund
  9. Bacon Scented Candle
  10. Homemade Necklace/Earrings
  11. “Good” Concert Tickets
  12. Multipurpose Cake Stand
  13. “Remember When” Mix
  14. Homemade Laundry Detergent
  15. Beautiful knit scarf
  16. Trader Joe’s Giftcard
  17. Scented eye pillow
  18. Book Tote Bag
  19. Favorite classic novel
  20. Martin Luther bobble-head
  21. Remington Curling Wand
  22. Justin Beiber Holiday
  23. Dozen delicious cupcakes
  24. Paper Crane Earrings
  25. Gungor Christmas CD

What’s your 3-word gift idea? Post it below!

(A special congrats to last week’s giveaway winner! We’ll be notifying them today so they can get their copy of A Marriage Carol.)