Looking for a good animated Christmas movie? Check out our list of favorites, which is in alphabetical order:

• “A Charlie Brown Christmas” (1965)

Rated: G


Looking for a good animated Christmas movie? Check out our list of favorites, which is in alphabetical order:

• “A Charlie Brown Christmas” (1965)

Rated: G

Directed by: Bill Melendez

Starring: Ann Altieri, Chris Doran

• “Frosty the Snowman” (1969)

Rated: G

Directed by: Jules Bass Jr. and Arthur Rankin

Starring: Jackie Vernon, Billy De Wolfe

• “Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer” (2000)

Rated: PG

Directed by: Phil Roman

Starring: Elmo Shropshire, Michele Lee

• “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” (1966)

Rated: G

Directed by: Chuck Jones

Starring: Boris Karloff

• “Jack Frost” (1979)

Rated: G

Directed by: Jules Bass Jr. and Arthur Rankin

Starring: Debra Clinger, Dave Garroway

• “Mickey's Christmas Carol”

Rated: G

Directed by: Burny Mattinson

Starring: Edward Brophy, Ruth Clifford

• “The Polar Express” (2004)

Rated: G

Directed by: Robert Zemeckis

Starring: Tom Hanks, Eddie Deezen

• “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” (1964)

Rated: G

Directed by: Kizo Nagashima, Larry Roemer

Starring: Billie Mae Richards, Burl Ives

• “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town” (1970)

Rated: G

Directed by: Jules Bass Jr. and Arthur Rankin

Starring: Fred Astaire, Mickey Rooney, Keenan Wynn

• “The Year Without a Santa Claus” (1974)

Rated: G

Directed by: Jules Bass Jr. and Arthur Rankin

Starring: Mickey Rooney, Shirley Booth

Tip of the week

Anyone who’s welcomed a new pet into the home can tell you how important it is to prepare for

that four-legged friend. This happens at Christmas when pets are given as presents. Whether it’s moving furniture to accommodate a dog cage or learning to host a puppy play-date with the bulldog next door, becoming a pet owner can be a definite learning process. When getting your family and your home ready to welcome a furry friend, a few simple steps can go a long way:

• While your new pet is getting used to his/her surroundings, it’s a good idea to keep them in a defined area of the house. Baby gates are perfect for closing off an area in your house and designating it as the “puppy area.” Having a small rug in your puppy's play area will not only protect your floors, but also protect your dog from sliding and potentially getting hurt. Think twice about what furniture is included in your puppy area — the more excited they get, the clumsier they get.

• Keeping cleaning supplies on hand will be your greatest ally.

• Don’t forget to brush your new furry friends. Brushing your pet regularly and frequently helps to keep his/her coat in check, especially if they are going through seasonal shedding. Brushing stimulates the skin to keep it naturally moisturized, which can cut back on dander. If possible, brush your pet outside to avoid spreading pet hair in the house.

• Get down to your pet’s level, on your hands and knees, to see what he could get into. Dogs love chew toys, so don’t entice them with a ball of wires from your stereo system. Zip-tie the cords together so they stay neat and tucked behind furniture.

Book report

“The Best Christmas Pageant Ever,” by Barbara Robinson

Ages: 9 through 12

Pages: 128

Synopsis: The Herdmans are the worst kids in the history of the world. They lie, steal, smoke cigars, swear and hit little kids. So no one is prepared when this outlaw family invades church one Sunday and decides to take over the annual Christmas pageant. None of the Herdmans has ever heard the Christmas story before. Their interpretation of the tale — the Wise Men are a bunch of dirty spies and Herod needs a good beating — has a lot of people up in arms. But it will make this year’s pageant the most unusual anyone has seen and, just possibly, the best one ever.

Did you know?

Thanks to time zones across the world, Santa Claus has more than 24 hours of Christmas — he has 31.