Like the song goes, “…it’s the most wonderful time of the year.”
My family and I love the holiday season. The decorations, the music, the food, spending time with family and friends and most especially holiday movies and televisions specials.
We try and catch all the holiday programs when they come on television, but sometimes we miss them. To rectify this we make sure to purchase all of our holiday favorites so that we can watch them every holiday season, and watch them over and over again.
Not holiday season would be complete without the classic holiday programs from Rankin Bass. Such classics include Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer, Santa Claus is Coming to Town, The Year Without Santa Claus, The Little Drummer Boy and Nestor the Long-Eared Donkey – to name a few.
My husband and I can sit and watch all these holiday specials back to back. The holiday season would not be complete without them.
Now, many of these classics are celebrating anniversaries with all new collections and special bonus features.
Santa Claus is Comin’ To Town! 45th Anniversary Collector’s Edition
Create joyful memories with this delightful tale of the original Santa Claus–Kris Kringle. Discover the true meaning of Christmas with this classic story that the whole family will enjoy.
ALL-NEW Bonus Features:
- Be an Artist and Create – Learn to draw Santa and Topper the Penguin from DreamWorks Animation’s Director of Character Animation Joe Vance. Plus, craft activities for the whole family.
- Kringle Jingle – It’s a holiday tradition to sing carols with friends and loved ones. With this musical feature, some adorable young children lead the singing of the classic holiday song, “Santa Claus is Comin’ To Town.” A delightful way to get into the holiday spirit.
- Santa Special Delivery – In honor of the 45th anniversary, enjoy a peek inside Santa’s mailbag to learn 45 fun and interesting facts about the Rankin/Bass holiday special and the Christmas holiday.
Frosty The Snowman 45th Anniversary Collector’s Edition
Celebrate the season with Frosty the Snowman, and share this beloved, original classic story of how the world’s most famous snowman came to life one day. This anniversary edition has new special features that will make Frosty the Snowman a hit for the whole family. Sing, laugh and create wonderful holiday memories for years to come.
ALL-NEW Bonus Features:
- Be an Artistand Create– DreamWorks Animation’s Director of Character Animation Joe Vance teaches viewers how to draw Frosty and Santa from this holiday classic. Later, his wife, Joanie Vance, a Kindergarten teacher, joins in and provides instructions for some fun and festive art projects to create using the newly made character drawings. This is a great way for the whole family to spend time together around the holidays.
- Magical Melody – Sing along to the thumpety, thump, thump sounds of the popular tune, Frosty the Snowman
- Frosty Snowflake Surprises – In honor of the 45th Anniversary of the Rankin/Bass holiday special, enter a magical winter wonderland to learn 45 fun and interesting facts about everyone’s favorite snowman and this wonderful time of year. There are also some surprises along the way from an adorable bunch of helpful kids.
- Also includes the 23-minute holiday special Frosty Returns!
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer 50th Anniversary Collector’s Edition
Celebrate 50 years of “The Most Famous Reindeer of All” with this Original Christmas Classic® told and sung by Burl Ives! Relive the magic when Rudolph visits the Island of Misfit Toys and Santa asks Rudolph to guide his sleigh on Christmas Eve.
Classic Bonus Features:
- Rudolph Unwrapped – Learn 50 Fun facts about the creation of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.
- Sam the Snowman’s Sing-Alongs – Sing along with two of the most beloved songs from the TV Special: Holly Jolly Sing Along and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Sing Along.
- Pop Up Book – Watch the pages come to life as Sam the Snowman tell you the story of Rudolph.
- Learn to Draw – Sketch classic characters Rudolph, Hermey and Bumble.
The one we have is The Original Christmas Classics Anniversary Collector’s Edition Gift Set.We love this set because it includes all our favorites, and a few unexpected shows too like Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol and the Little Drummer Boy.
Share the wonder and the joy of these seven timeless stories with your children and grandchildren…creating new memories and holiday traditions that you will cherish through the years.
Gift Set Includes:
- Santa Claus is Comin’ To Town!® 45th Anniversary Collector’s Edition
- Frosty The Snowman 45th Anniversary Collector’s Edition
- Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer 50th Anniversary Collector’s Edition
- Plus Frosty Returns, Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol, Little Drummer Boy, and Cricket on the Hearth!
All of these sets would not only make a great addition to your family’s holiday movie collection, but they would also make a fabulous gift.
I think the The Original Christmas Classics Anniversary Collector’s Edition Gift Set is the best set because it includes so many timeless classics in one collection.
When we sit down for a movie marathon, especially holiday classics, we like to make it a family movie night with Pop Secret Popcorn (popcorn is a “must” when watching movies) and yummy treats like one of my personal favorites, Reese’s Pieces. Yummy!!!
To get you excited about these holiday classics, I have some fun holiday activities and recipes you can enjoy. Simple click on the images (below) to download them and enjoy with your family.
You can find all of these collections where ever movies are sold. They are also available at OriginalChristmasClassics.com.
Which is YOUR favorite holiday classic? What one show MUST you watch each holiday season? Feel free to share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.
*I received a free screener copy and other goodies in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinion expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.