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Friday 15 December 2017

Christmas magic through digital storytelling

This week your editor presents a compilation of Christmas related videos, a mix of stories, retellings and reimaginings along with some Christmas messages produced by commercial enterprises - it is nice to see them giving back to their customers with good will and festive cheer. The list concludes with an amazing 1956 animation of the Christmas story. Enjoy the selection - there is enough to see you and your family through to Christmas.  

Coming Home - Michael Morpurgo 
reciting his story with a mix of shots from the book and the author. Following, is Waitrose's interpretation of the tale as a short film.

Home for Christmas (Waitrose, 2016).

Yet Another Partridge in a Pear Tree (Brian Muzik)
(a witty parody)

Neil Gaiman reads "A Christmas Carol" (New York Public Library podcast)

(note lengthy introduction - retelling starts at 11:50 mins)

Moz the Monster (John Lewis, 2017)

Buster the Boxer (John Lewis, 2016)

Paddington & the Christmas Visitor (Marks & Specer, 2017)

A Christmas with Love from Mrs Claus (Marks & Spencer, 2016)

The Greatest Gift (Sainsbury 2016)

The Bear and the Hare (John Lewis, 2013)

Monty the Penguin (John Lewis, 2014)

Mog's Christmas Calamity - Judith Kerr (Sainsbury, 2017)

The Land of Make Believe - A Little Christmas Tail (Harrods, 2015)

The Wish Writer (Macy's, 2015)

Gingerbread reindeer (Lowe's 2016)

Coming Home for Christmas (Heathrow, 2016)

Saving Santa's Star (Myer, 2016)

Elf's Journey (Myer, 2017)

Christopher the Christmas Tree (1993; 25  mins)

The Berenstain Bears' Christmas Tree (1979, 25 mins)

The Star of Bethlehem
Cathedral Films re-release this 1956 film by silhouette animator Lotte Reniger.

Merry Christmas!! Enjoy the viewing and the time spent sharing these visual stories and heart warming Christmas messages.

Jennie Bales
CBCA Tas Social Media Editor, reader, lecturer and book seller.
Note to viewers: Share your favourite from the list or share a new link with readers). 

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