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December 20, 2007 |  6:13 pm

Christmas_elvis_3Life seems to be full of holiday recommendations and the Daily Mirror doesn't want to be left out. Let's put on "Elvis' Christmas Album" (Victor LOC 1035) and look at what might be wrapped up in paper and ribbons at the Daily Mirror HQ.

First of all, there might be a shiny, brand-new aluminum tree and color wheel.

Or there might be a trove of 1957 movies, although some videos may only exist on VHS or some gray-market disc, especially the drive-in flicks:

"The Bridge on the River Kwai"*

"Paths of Glory"

"Peyton Place"*

"Raintree County"*

"Sayonara"*

"Three Faces of Eve"

"Twelve Angry Men"*

"Witness for the Prosecution"*

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In addition the starred titles above, The Times' 1957 list of the year's 12 top films included:

"The Bachelor Party"

"The Enemy Below"

"A Face in the Crowd"

"A Farewell to Arms"

"A Hatful of Rain"

"Men in War"

And don't forget the drive-in movies:

"The Amazing Colossal Man"

"The Cat Girl"

"Dragstrip Girl"

"Love Slaves of the Amazons" (Oddly enough, this film may be hard to find).

"Pharaoh's Curse"

"Zombies of Maura Tau"

And somewhere in there is "Jailhouse Rock."

Or perhaps something literary, as listed in The Times in 1957 as being among the top books of the year:

"Atlas Shrugged," Ayn Rand.

"Auntie Mame," Patrick Dennis.

"Bridge at Andau," James Michener.

"The Fall," Albert Camus.

"This Hallowed Ground," Bruce Catton.

"Men to Match My Mountains," Irving Stone.

"Profiles in Courage," John F. Kennedy.

"Rally Round the Flag, Boys," Max Shulman.

"Testament," Frank Lloyd Wright.

In truth, those things might be under the Daily Mirror's aluminum tree, but they're not. The philosophy here, like everything else here, is old school: "Don't spend money you don't have on things that people don't need."

Here's the Daily Mirror's low-cost guide to holiday giving:

If your parents are still living, tell them how much they mean to you. They won't be around forever.

If you have children, tell them how much you love them. They grow up so fast.

If you're estranged from someone, make peace. Life is too short to carry a grudge.

And count your blessings.

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