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Years ago, a few years before I met my husband Chris, I stopped watching animated movies. It wasn’t because I didn’t like them. I did. After all, I went to the theater and watched The Incredibles, Finding Nemo, and Shrek. I stopped going to see animated movies because I hoped I would be a mom someday. Everyone told me that once you had kids, you would have to watch the movies a million times (they weren’t exaggerating!). I decided that I would catch up with animated movies at that time, and, if I didn’t have kids, then I would catch up on what I missed later.
Because of my decision to not see animated films, I missed quite a few movies that came out and were popular; movies like Rio, The Princess and The Frog, Ice Age, Ratatouille, Happy Feet, and Madagascar. Now that I have two little girls, we watch a lot of animated films. I have a small, but growing, collection of DVDs and Netflix streaming. On Netflix, my girls have loved watching the movies Turbo, The Aristocats, and A Turtle’s Tale. I love knowing that there is something other than our Frozen DVD to watch.
With Christmas quickly approaching, we watch holiday specials. By far, my three-year-old’s favorite is Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas. We’ve already watched it a million times (okay, i might be exaggerating….slightly). What I’m loving most are the variety of Christmas programs on Netflix this year for my girls to watch and enjoy, like Mickey Mouse Once Upon a Christmas, Mumfie’s White Christmas, In Search of Santa, Veggie Tales: Saint Nicholas, and Happy Holidays from Madagascar.
While Netflix doesn’t have Madagascar on their list of movies, I can show the girls a Christmas special for them. Even more exciting, for me, is that Netflix has an original Madagascar series starting on December 19, All Hail King Julien! My girls will get to watch this animated series that I’m sure they’ll love! (And it won’t be the usual shows we watch on Disney, Jr. every
As for me, I’ve enjoyed watching the animated Christmas shows (although by the third or fourth time I tune out) with my girls. But I do look forward to spending my evenings, as they sleep, watching the Christmas movies I love on Netflix, like White Christmas and Love Actually, as well as some cheesy made-for-TV Christmas movies.
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