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Well, Heroes, we’re down to the final days before Christmas. Have you gotten all of your shopping done? I think we’re pretty much set here, which is unusual for me. Seems like the routine has been to run out at the last minute and try to find things for family and friends who I suddenly realize should be on the list.

Thankfully, we’re exchanging fewer and fewer gifts with people as the kids age. It just seems…weird to go crazy and do all sorts of frenzied shopping, then get together and see the results of their crazed and frenzied shopping efforts. In my book, this season is all about Baby Jesus in the first place, so I’m enjoying the more restrained holidays we’ve had over the past few years. We give a lot less to the boys as well; when they were tiny it was easy to buy lots and lots of toys. Now that they’re older the toys are more expensive so it’s not as easy to get a lot.

But that’s okay. I like where we are.

Christmas classics
Annnnnnyhow. I was blessed with a couple of DVDs from DreamWorks, specifically the DreamWorks Holiday Collection and the Original Christmas Classics. They’re pretty great! The original classics edition has “Frosty the Snowman”, “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”, “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town” and “Frosty Returns”. I remember enjoying all of those growing up. I have them on VHS around the house somewhere, so it’s pretty neat to have the DVD format. Much easier to watch.

Dreamworks ChristmasThe DreamWorks Holiday Collection is made up of 4 more modern shows. They’re all specifically Christmas stories, based on the movies. This set includes “Shrek the Halls”, “Merry Madagascar”, Kung Fu Panda Holiday”, and “Dragons Holiday: Gift of the Night Fury”. Each was funny and touching in turn. While they didn’t focus on the Nativity Story, each taught a sweet lesson that is related to the true spirit of Christmas. They were well-enjoyed by the boys here.

All that to say that if you need a last-minute gift, one of these two collections may just be the ticket. At $19.98 per set, they’re reasonably priced and will provide hours of entertainment for kids. And! They’re clutter-free, so you don’t have a lot of parts to trip over around the house. A win for all. You can find the DVDs on Amazon.com as well as wherever DVDs are sold.

Merry Christmas, all!

FTC Disclosure: I was provided with each of these DVDs in order to complete this review. I liked them. All opinions are my own, and I hope you have a Merry Christmas.