St. Nicholas in Digital Media

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DVDs especially for children
DVDs for adults and older children
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DVDs especially for children
  • A Classical Kids Christmas CD

    Hammond, Susan
    Classical Productions for Children Ltd., 2001
    Pickering, Ontario, Canada

    Over 30 traditional carols and holiday songs, with poetry; the chant from the songbook is included, but not the listed song “Jolly Old St. Nicholas.” The chant information is disappointing.

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  • Lily and the Legend of Santa Claus

    Lisa Laird
    Pockets Full of Fun, 2012
    List: $10.00
    DVD 28 minutes
    Ventriloquist, 2 puppets and Santa

    Elementary age

    Lily is disgruntled because she didn’t get her wish from Santa last year and has decided he isn’t real. A visit from Santa tells the story of St. Nicholas along with a lesson in kindness and sharing.

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  • Saint Nicholas: A Story of Joyful Giving

    VeggieTales, Big Idea, 2009
    List: $14.98 DVD
    DVD 45 minutes
    Ages: 4-8

    Animated story features Veggie characters in a fanciful tale. The story, taking liberties with Nicholas’ tradition, portrays a lost little boy who travels to find meaning only to return home where a classic selfish villain has taken over, prohibiting all kinds of gift giving. With usual Veggie humor and appeal, there is a nice emphasis on giving. This tale may encourage further investigation to find the real story of Saint Nicholas.

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  • Where is Winky’s Horse
    Waar is het Paard van Sinterklaas?

    BosBros Film-TV Productions; kaBOOM! Entertainment, Peace Arch Home Entertainment, 2007, 2009
    List $9.99
    DVD 80 minutes
    Family entertainment
    English, French

    Sequel to “Winky’s Horse;” Winky is finally allowed to ride—what happens to Sinterklaas’ horse Amerigo?

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  • Nicholhouse

    Vago Studio, 2011
    Bari, Italy
    DVD 25 minutes
    Italian audio; English, Italian, Russian & French subtitles
    Trailer on Vimeo

    Children

    Beautiful animation tells the story of Saint Nicholas; English subtitles a bit uneven

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  • Winky’s Horse

    BosBros Film-TV Productions; Warner Bros., 2005
    CD hard-to-find
    Dutch film; English captions

    Family entertainment

    Sweet story of young Chinese girl, Winky, who comes to the Netherlands. Everything is different, and hard, for her. Story tells of her introduction to Sinterklaas and her dream of having a horse.

  • Saint to Santa: How St. Nicholas Became Santa Claus

    Catholic TV Network/Pauline Books & Media, 2014
    $19.95
    DVD 36 minutes

    As kids are producing a zany TV show, St. Nicholas tells his story and more, with interjections from loud, boisterous puppets (some viewers may have difficulty understanding the puppets)

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  • Winky’s Horse
    Het Paard van Sinterklaas

    BosBros Film-TV Productions; kaBOOM! Entertainment, Peace Arch Home Entertainment, 2005, 2008
    List $9.99
    English, French
    DVD 95 minutes

    Family entertainment

    Sweet story of young Chinese girl, Winky, who comes to the Netherlands. Everything is different, and hard, for her. Story tells of her introduction to Sinterklaas and her dream of having a horse.

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  • Saints for Kids: 32 Friends of Jesus

    Pauline Video, 2000, 2012
    List: $14.95
    DVD 2 hours 20 minutes total, the Nicholas segment is about 3 minutes
    Copyright 2000, 2012
    English, Spanish, Portuguese; English subtitles

    Ages: 6-9

    Introduces “Friends of Jesus,” with a focus on Nicholas’ broad care for people, especially children, and justice; makes the connection to Santa. Attractive, soft-colored illustrations. Comes with discussion and activity guide. This is my favorite Nicholas video for children.

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  • Epic Tales in the Lives of the Saints: Series 1
    Saints Nicholas, Francis, Julie, Clare, Patrick

    Picture Box Animation
    $10.00
    DVD 26 minutes total; Nicholas segment about 5 minutes
    For children and adults

    Animated wood-like figures tell the dowry story and a little more; excellent introduction to Saint Nicholas

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  • Nicholas: The Boy Who Became Santa

    CCC of America, 1989
    $14.99
    DVD 30 minutes
    Now in English, Spanish & French
    Ages: 4-8

    Animated story based on fact and tradition. A bit long for young ones.

    Purchase from CCC of America

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DVDs for adults and older children
  • Bari: Il Santo La Festa
    Bari: The Saint, The Celebration

    Antenna Sud Edivision S.p.A.
    Bari, Italy, 2009
    10.00 €
    DVD
    Italian with English voice-over and Russian subtitles

    Background on the saint, the translation, and the annual historical procession that is part of the Bari festival

    Purchase from antennasud

  • Becoming Santa

    Featuring Jack Sanderson
    Cinema Libre Studio, 2011
    List: $19.95
    DVD 93 minutes
    For adults and children who have already figured things out

    This documentary tells about a man who lost the Christmas spirit and decided to try to recapture it by becoming Santa for one season. He bleaches his beard, buys a Santa suit and heads off to Santa school. Along the way Santa’s story is told and St. Nicholas Center helps tell about the original St. Nicholas.

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  • Saint Nicholas: The Real Story

    Stuart Lachlan Bennett
    Vision Video, 2015
    DVD 55 minutes

    In depth look at the life and times of St. Nicholas. Scenes from the places he lived, expert commentary about historical and scientific discoveries, along with some of the saint’s stories

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  • Santa Claus of Sint Nicolaas … ?

    HRmedia, 2004
    The Netherlands
    DVD 40 minutes
    Documentary with English audio; Dutch subtitles
    Made in cooperation with the Discovery Channel

    A look at Santa Claus traditions and development in Northern Europe (Finland & Sweden); Turkey, where St. Nicholas began; his tomb in Bari, Italy; ancient European traditions in Austria and Germany; and the development of the US Santa character.

  • The Saints’ Gallery: Volume III: Saints for All Seasons
    Volume IV: Early Church Leaders

    Oblate Media, 1996, 2012
    List: $19.99
    DVD with Vol. III & IV

    42 minutes, the Nicholas segment is about 5 minutes
    Vol. III: Mary, Queen of Saints, Saints Patrick, Nicholas Valentine, Mary Magdalen
    Vol. IV: Saints Peter, Clare of Assisi, Thomas Aquinas, Catherine of Siena, Paul

    All ages

    Nice introduction, illustrated primarily with classic religious art

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  • Charting Christmas

    Gary Wilkinson Productions, 2012
    Australia
    £10.99
    DVD 41 minutes

    Adults

    Documentary telling some of the stories and history of Christmas with particular attention to St. Nicholas and Santa Claus, Victorian influences, Advent, Christmas Day, and Nativites. Interview format with historians and theologians.

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  • In Search of Santa Claus: the truth behind a story you thought you knew

    Infinity Entertainment Group for Smithsonian Networks, 2009
    $9.98
    DVD 47 minutes

    Ages: youth-adult

    Documentary history, tracing the development of the legends, primarily focusing on Myra (Demre, Turkey), Bari, Italy, the Lido of Venice, St. Nicholas icon in Bertscheid, Germany, up through the examination of the relics in Bari and the Lido and the reconstruction of his face in 2004.

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  • Biography: Santa Claus

    A & E, 2005
    $9.95
    DVD 50 minutes

    Adult

    History and development of Santa Claus; first section tells of St. Nicholas with the dowry story, seafarers and victims of injustice; emphasis on Clement Clarke Moore, Thomas Nast and the evolution of Santa’s appearance, role in advertisement, movies, Santa letters and more.

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  • The Saints: Series One
    St. Nicholas: They called him the Wonder-Worker
    St. Nicholas, St. Haralambos, St. Anthony

    Ellinas Multimedia
    List: $24.95
    DVD 30 minutes

    Ages: 7-adult

    Orthodox priests and iconographers discuss the life and significance of St. Nicholas. Find out why he is the “real Santa,” what happened at the Council of Nicaea, and much more.

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Apps and other digital media
  • The Legend of the Christmas Stocking

    XIM, Inc., 2010
    $2.99
    Kindle edition

    Dowry story with some customs; cute illustrations; a few grammatical glitches, but useful in a limited way.

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