Thursday, December 12, 2013
One of the things I love most about the holidays is reliving the traditions and memories you grew up with and sharing them with your children. From watching the Nutcracker to trimming the tree to driving around the neighborhood to look at lights to watching holiday specials on tv, I love it all! The best thing is, there's still lots of room to introduce new things and make your own traditions.
Take holiday tv specials, for instance. There are some holiday programs we watch year after year, and yet there's so much great holiday programming being introduced that it's impossible not to watch! To help get kids excited for the holidays, NCircle has introduced several new holiday videos that families will love because they feature some of tv's most beloved characters. I received three great videos to review -- The Snowman and the Snowdog, Mike the Knight: Mike's Christmas Surprise, and Yo Gabba Gabba: A Very Awesome Christmas Special -- and we enjoyed watching all of them. My favorite was The Snowman and the Snowdog, because I watched the original movie, The Snowman, way back when it first came out thirty years ago The Snowman and the Snowdog is the sequel to The Snowman, and it is just as enchanting as the first movie. The kids, on the other hand, loved Yo Gabba Gabba: A Very Awesome Christmas Special, because they loved Yo Gabba Gabba as kids, so watching it gave them the same warm sense of nostalgia that watching The Snowman and the Snowdog gave me. It just goes to show you that you're never too old to watch holiday animation! Check out all three titles and share them with your kids -- you just might end up adding them to your own holiday traditions!
Mike the Knight: Mike's Christmas Surprise!"
Mike’s Christmas Surprise! is packed with five stories (including a bonus episode), interactive games, a music video, and more! When a special visitor surprises Mike for Christmas, excitement fills the air. The royal family decides to play a game, but Evie’s magic causes Christmas chaos. Will everything be back to normal in time for the Christmas feast?
Yo Gabba Gabba: A Very Awesome Christmas Special"
Two stories are contained on this festive new DVD releasing for the holidays. In “A Very Awesome Christmas Special,” it's a Christmas celebration when DJ Lance places a gingerbread house into Gabba Land! The Gabba gang makes new friends with neighbors, and everyone is excited to exchange gifts – but what can they possibly get for Santa Claus? In the story titled "Christmas,” the Gabba gang learns that even though much of Christmas is about receiving, there’s a lot of joy in giving to others.
The Snowman and the Snowdog"
When a young boy and his mother move into a new house, the boy discovers a secret box hidden under the floorboards of his bedroom. In the box, he finds a hat, scarf, some lumps of coal and a shriveled tangerine - it's a snowman-making kit! Later that day, when it starts to snow, the boy builds a Snowman and, with the spare snow left over, a Snowdog. That night, the Snowman and Snowdog come to life and take him on a wonderful adventure. As dawn breaks they fly home, but before the boy returns to bed a magical surprise awaits him!
Need activities to keep the kids busy during the holiday break? Download and enjoy this adorable “Mike Saves Christmas!” coloring page!
Disclosure: I received a product sample to facilitate my review, but have not been paid to review the product or give my opinions. Product information (in italics) is provided by NCircle Entertainment. The views and opinions expressed here are my own.