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Seeking cinematic stocking stuffers

Seen enough Christmas movies to turn you into such a grouch that even Ebenezer Scrooge tells you to lighten up?

So have we.

That’s why we’re compiling a list of best alternative or long-forgotten holiday films — movies that you would like to suggest to friends and neighbors to help them get into the Yuletide spirit in a slightly different way.

The Post-Bulletin is gathering readers’ suggestions — we already have received several recommendations — which we will publish in the Style section in December. If you have a holiday movie you would like to suggest, send the film’s title and a reason why you like it to jjackson@postbulletin.com. The deadline for suggestions is Dec. 14.

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Stories from around the world

Author and storyteller Kevin Strauss will present holiday stories from around the world at a Rochester Community Education class on Friday.

Strauss’ class, titled "Holiday Tales from Around the World," will be from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday at the Heintz Center, Room HB117.

The program is geared toward families and adults and is most appropriate for ages 5 and up.

Cost for the class is $12. To register, call Community Education at (507) 328-4000 and use class code 8338.231.

Chock-full of holidays

Happy holidays. And when we say holidays, we mean holidays — plural, and lots of them.

We all know about Christmas (all 12 days of it), Hanukkah (all eight days of it), Kwanzaa (all seven days of it) and New Year’s Eve (just one day). Yes, December is a month that’s chock-full of holidays.

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But wait, there’s more.

In addition to all the well-known holidays, there are several special days that are just crying out to be celebrated. So if you’re tired of the same old holidays year-in and year-out, here are a few bizarre and unique holidays for December 2007, according to holidayinsights.com. Notice how many of them have something to do with food:

1. Eat a Red Apple Day.

2. National Pie Day.

3. National Fritters Day.

4. Wear Brown Shoes Day.

5. Bathtub Party Day.

6. Put On Your Own Shoes Day.

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7. National Cotton Candy Day.

8. Take it in the Ear Day.

9. National Pastry Day.

10. Human Rights Day.

11. National Noodle Ring Day.

12. National Ding-a-Ling Day.

13. Ice Cream Day.

14. National Bouillabaisse Day.

15. National Lemon Cupcake Day.

16. National Chocolate-Covered Anything Day.

17. National Maple Syrup Day.

18. National Roast Suckling Pig Day.

19. Look for an Evergreen Day.

20. Go Caroling Day.

21. Humbug Day.

22. National Date Nut Bread Day.

23. Roots Day.

24. National Eggnog Day.

25. National Pumpkin Pie Day.

26. National Whiners Day.

27. National Fruitcake Day.

28. National Chocolate Day.

29. Pepper Pot Day.

30. National Bicarbonate of Soda Day.

31. Make Up Your Mind Day.

To learn more, go to

Postbulletin.com/weblinks

http://www.holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/december.htm

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