Our family has 4 favorite holiday specials: The original Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (not the Jim Carrey live action one), A Charlie Brown Christmas, Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer, and Arthur’s Perfect Christmas.
Opening with a riff on the magical Pachelbel Canon in D (my heart-melting favorite classical music song), Arthur’s Perfect Christmas has bright cheerful animation, catchy original tunes, along with wonderful and touching story lines. Entertaining and educational, it also explains the many different ways to celebrate the holidays – Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Saint Lucia – and Arthur’s Dad even cooks an authentic, time-of-Christ Christmas dinner.
Christmas is coming. Arthur wants snow, and to give his mom the perfect gift. DW wants Tina the Talking Tabby – but it’s Sold Out. Clumsy Uncle Fred’s car breaks down, and he ends up at Arthur’s house. Muffy’s throwing a Christmas Extravaganza, but her best friend Francine can’t come. Binky’s trying to cook something tasty. And Buster Baxter’s Mom is stressed – trying so hard to make sure Buster has a perfect Christmas. And all Buster can think is – maybe Christmas doesn’t have to be such a big deal; maybe it could even be Baxter Day:
“No need for presents
There’s nothing I need
You won’t find it at a store in the mall
And that’s my gift
It’s the very best present of all”
Watch it with your kids. I know you’ll love it. Miracles do happen, even small ones. And this Christmas, try something new and start a new family tradition – “stay in pajamas all day, and maybe eat a snack or five”…
Check the online schedules of your local PBS stations to see when Arthur’s Perfect Christmas is on in your area.
As Uncle Fred says, “Remember Arthur, you don’t always get what you want in life – sometimes you get something better.”
Arthur’s Perfect Christmas is appropriate for all ages, created by Marc Brown, and copyright 2000 PBS Kids.