When I was little, “curated” content simply meant that there were very few options.
During the holidays on cable TV, you could count on approximately these three stories surfacing (..and resurfacing); the original Grinch, stop motion animation Rudolf, and a Charlie Brown Christmas Special. All three were released in the mid-1960s, about two decades old by the time I was a kid.
Now, we have the entire world at our fingertips, and thankfully so.
It warms my heart that I can share the holiday tenets of wholesome values, empathy, and acts of kindness in a more worldly and diverse way with my kids.
These are my favorite shows to share with the family during the holidays. We've made a playlist of all of the holiday shows we love on YouTube, including shows from Thanksgiving as well. Check it out below, or scroll further for individual links.
I love this show because it promotes creativity during the holidays. Teddy always seems to be inspired to create some sort of gift or holiday decoration after this show and I love it, because it is so not me to initiate doing something crafty!
At my house, we love this episode of Daniel Tiger’s neighborhood. It’s a great way to kick-off all things winter weather and holiday cheer. In a winter-wonderland inspired sing-a-long, Daniel’s friends discover that pitching in makes their neighborhood celebration a success.
My vehicle-obsessed little ones love Trash Truck, especially this episode, which illustrates that the essential part of Christmas is giving to others. It subtly implies that if Santa drops the ball, grownups can pinch-hit!
This episode takes us all around the world looking for lost reindeer. Teddy thinks it's such a funny idea. It’s fun and easy watching that I feel great putting my kids in front of, while I run around like a crazy person doing “holiday stuff.”
What better way to learn about something new, than to soar along with superheroes as you discover new worlds? In this episode, a band of super-powered problem solvers transports us to new places, guiding us through an exploration of the traditions of Hanukkah!
This is a quick and fun explanation of Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, and Diwali. In this episode, Nina and her friends find community in celebrating diversity and a whole world of wonder.
Yet another problem-solving adventurer helps give color to a festival of lights; this time, India’s Diwali. Mira, a brave and resourceful sleuth, goes on a twisty-turny mystery adventure that immerses us in a sensory experience of Diwali.
more worldly and diverselyCozy up, press play, and enjoy our top picks for holiday shows!
Wishing you warmth, light, love and peace,