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Which TV Christmas Programs Will Do The Least Harm

By Ellie Evergreen

There is a tradition that parents love to pass down to our smaller children at Christmas time that gives us an extra special feeling. Like Santa letters, it is fun and allows us to participate with our kids during the event making even more special. We get a kick from watching the Christmas cartoons that many of us grew up with take on new meaning when we can share it with our children, especially if it is their first time. It is as exciting as receiving letters from Santa. Here is a short list of the best of them and why they were chosen.

Number 5 is an all time favorite with a delightful moral of perseverance, kindness, and selflessness. Santa Claus is Coming to Town is extra special because it is narrated by the extraordinary actor and dancer Mr. Fred Astaire. This marvelous, one hour, Rankin Bass production chronicles the life and times of that most famous and jolly old elf…, that’s is right, good old Saint Nicolas himself. This cartoon goes all out to answer as many questions as possible within an hour and still be entertaining. Fred Astaire is delightful as a mail carrier in the North Pole and that old wizard, voiced by Keenan Wynn really rocked. A very creative show that your children are sure to love.

The fourth spot on our list of top 5 Christmas Cartoons that you can share with your children is the popular story of Frosty the Snowman. Frosty’s voice is that of Jackie Vernon, until he sings and Jimmy Durante takes over. Jimmy Durante also handles the main narration of this classic, giving it such a wonderfully original feel that you just cannot help but smile. Friendship and sacrifice is the moral that your children will derive for themselves so you may want to point out the true point of the show, which many people believe is faith.

Our number three spot gives a big approving nod to Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. Using the same stop motion animation as numbers four and five, this was considered the technological breakthrough of the century for animation. Taken from the hit song most popularly performed by Gene Audrey, Burl Ives, who narrates Rudolph, does an excellent job of it. Ives possesses a very unique and lovable voice and is perfectly suited for the song. Most children older than four or five will understand the strong message of friendship and loyalty but you may have to explain how the program deals with stereotyping and responsibility. This is such a wonderful format for these issues that your kids will want to watch this wonderfully entertaining, one-hour program from Rankin/Bass more than once. Note that General Electric sponsored the show, which is saying a lot as they were very particular to whom and what they attached their name to.

Closing in on the top slot with a devilish smile crawling with termites is How the Grinch Stole Christmas. The half an hour show was recently made into a movie that is even more delightful for you and the kids as Dr Seuss and his unrivaled imagination score a touchdown with this classic that is sure to please even the most fastidious viewer. The jealous and relatively neurotic Grinch, steals Christmas so that he will not be alone in his misery, which loves company, by the way. The Grinch figures that if he can’t enjoy the holiday season, no one else should either. What ensues is the most ridiculous and yet memorable song that is not a Christmas song in the history of Christmas cartoons and a hilarious segment that has him (The Grinch) slinking from house to house in a Santa suit sans pants. The moral is a simple but powerful message of love thy neighbor and everyone gets it, no matter what their age. This is a particular strength of Dr. Seuss.

The most wonderful of all Christmas cartoons that you can share with your children every year is the glorious brainchild of Charles Schultz, another genius when it comes to speaking to children and adults alike. So much can be said of this incredible program that I probably do not have the strength to write it. This winner of both the Emmy and the Peabody awards, A Charlie Brown Christmas ran once every year from 1965, the year of its debut, until 2000 on CBS and then it was picked up by ABC who ran it twice each season ever since. The most celebrated part of the 30 minute program is when Linus, quoting from the book of Luke, tells the group what Christmas is all about and the moment they all band together at the end and sing, “Oh Christmas Tree.

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