At my house, we like to celebrate the weeks leading up to Christmas by walking around our neighborhood every night and enjoying the decorations on our neighbors’ homes and then coming home and watching Christmas DVDs while drinking hot chocolate.
If you’re looking for some great new Christmas DVDs for 2011 to share with your family, or want some fun stocking stuffers, here are a few of the family Christmas movies released on DVD this year.
Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas DVD
If you enjoy the Ice Age franchise and can’t wait for the latest sequel, Ice Age: Continental Drift next year, you’ll be glad to know that you can spend time with your favorite Arctic herd this holiday season with Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas. This new animated special will air on Fox TV on Thanksgiving night and the Ice Age Christmas DVD will be released two days later, on November 26.
In this new animated film, Sid breaks Manny’s favorite holiday decorations and goes to the North Pole to explain it all to Santa Claus after Manny convinces him he’s now on Santa’s Naughty List. Crash, Eddie, and Peaches accompany Sid, leaving Diego, Manny and Ellie frantically searching for Peaches. Of course, Sid can’t stay out of trouble and ends up destroying Santa’s workshop on Christmas Eve, so it’s up to our favorite prehistoric herd of misfits to set things straight and make sure Christmas isn’t canceled.
Elf on the Shelf: An Elf’s Story DVD
Since Elf on the Shelf was published, thousands of kids have joined in the fun holiday tradition of having a scout elf visit their home and bring back regular reports to Santa Claus on whether they’ve been naughty or nice. Now those kids can get a look at what it’s like to be one of Santa’s secret helpers.
Elf on the Shelf: An Elf’s Story will make its debut on CBS TV the day after Thanksgiving, and the new Christmas DVD for 2011 will be released the next day, November 26. This animated tale follows the adventures of Chippey, a scout elf who is assigned to a boy named Taylor who can’t decide whether he believes in Santa and Christmas magic. When Taylor breaks the most important Elf on the Shelf rule, the little scout elf loses his magic and the family loses its elf. But through the power of love and forgiveness, both Chippey and Taylor discover that true belief in Christmas isn’t something that can be taught.
Disney’s Prep and Landing DVD
This animated Disney Christmas special first aired in 2009, but Disney is releasing it for the first time on DVD this year. The story follows Wayne, an elf in Santa’s elite “Prep and Landing” unit, a team of elves who work with military precision to ensure every house is ready for Santa’s arrival before he gets there. Their job is to ensure the path is clear for Santa to get in and out of the house quickly, safely and without a hitch. But Wayne has been doing this job for a long time and was just defeated in his quest for a promotion. Now he’s willing to let his new trainee, Lanny, take over while he slacks off. It’s a recipe for disaster, and Wayne has to save the day so one little boy’s Christmas won’t be ruined.
Barbie: A Perfect Christmas DVD
Any Barbie movie is sure to be a hit with little girls, and this will be no exception. In this holiday tale, Barbie and her sisters Skipper, Stacie and Chelsea are on their way to New York for Christmas, but when a snowstorm diverts their flight, they end up stranded in the remote town of Tannenbaum. To their surprise and delight, they discover magical experiences and new friends. Barbie and her sisters then put on a musical performance for the whole town to enjoy and discover that “being together is what really makes A Perfect Christmas.
Beethoven’s Christmas Adventure
In Beethoven’s Christmas Adventure DVD, viewers will get to hear Beethoven talk for the first time ever! Beethoven comes to the rescue in this film after an elf takes Santa’s sleigh and all the toys, and then crash-lands in a tree. When Santa’s magical bag of toys ends up in the wrong hands, Beethoven and his human companion Mason have to save the elf, get the toys, and make sure Christmas comes for children around the world.