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A favorite way to unwind and spend time with the family for many people is to pick a good movie and watch it in the comfort of your own living room. Pass around the freshly popped popcorn, eat your favorite candies, and snuggle under a blanket. The best part is you didn’t pay your arm and leg to enjoy this movie. Thanks to PBS and their holiday DVD offerings, you can find many family friendly movies for kids, tweens, and adults. If I’m honest, many of the kids holiday DVDs are adult favorites because seeing the movies you remember as a kid with your child is one of the best feelings in the world.
A few of the PBS aired holiday DVDs that would be a hit include:
Wild Kratts: A Creature Christmas DVD follows animal adventurists, Chris and Martin Kratt, on a holiday-themed adventure. The brothers are winding down after a long year of exploration in preparation for their Christmas party. Unfortunately, their foes didn’t get the memo that everyone needed a break because they decided to steal baby animals from all over the world and turn them into Christmas ornaments. It’s up to the Kratt brothers to rescue the animals and get them back to their homes before the holidays!
Another classic holiday film is Happy Holidays Garfield! This DVD includes two holiday stories that cover Thanksgiving and Christmas! Garfield’s Thanksgiving has Jon Arbuckle scrambling to cook a Thanksgiving meal for Garfield, Odie, and his friend Liz. Not only does Jon not know how to cook, but Liz insists that Garfield needs to go on a diet. Who knows if they’ll ever get their Thanksgiving meal? A Garfield Christmas Special is the perfect cartoon film to show kids that Christmas is about spending time with family and not about material possessions. Garfield learns this when he decides to give Grandma an extremely thoughtful Christmas present.
Stick Man comes from the makers of The Gruffalo and Room on the Broom. This animated story takes Stick Man on an adventure through the seasons that he’ll never forget. Getting taken away from his family and his home by a chance encounter with a dog, Stick Man tries desperately to make it back to his family. Maybe meeting Santa Claus is his best shot at making it back home for the holidays.
Last, a classic tale that every child, especially little girls, should see is L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables on DVD. You’ll follow the story of an orphan girl, Anne Shirley, who is placed with a family after a set of siblings, Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert, are hoping to adopt a boy to help with farm chores. A mix up sends Anne instead but she’s determined never to go back to the orphanage again. See her struggles and her triumphs to prove that she’s just what the Cuthberts need!
All the above mentioned family friendly DVDs can be purchased at the PBS store online or wherever DVDs and Blurays are sold.