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Here are our top ten picks (and more) for Christmas-themed children's products.

 



I Spy Christmas: A Book of Picture Riddles

The picture riddles in this gorgeous Christmas-themed book will keep kids busy for hours. Beautifully detailed collages are featured on each spread, along with text that reveals exactly what kids must find in the pictures. The riddles are fun and educational.

[For more information, user reviews, or to buy: I Spy Christmas: A Book of Picture... at Amazon.com]

 

 

Caillou's Holiday Movie

Released in the final quarter of 2004, Caillou's first full-length movie is a real treat. An advent calendar generates anticipation for Christmas, and Caillou takes part in many winter activities as he gets ready for the holidays. The movie explores and introduces children to holiday traditions in different cultures as well. The DVD edition is well worth purchasing, not only because of its extras in the form of an animated interview with Caillou and two multi-level games, but because it can be viewed in English, French, and Spanish. The multilingual feature is of particular interest to families who want to encourage second-language acquisition at an early age. Highly recommended. Our Rating: A

[For more information, user reviews, or to buy: Caillou's Holiday Movie (DVD) or Caillou's Holiday Movie (VHS)]

 


A Classical Kids Christmas

A collection of joyous Christmas songs and carols make up this superb children's audio recording. Children embark on a Christmas adventure complete with an engaging storyline, an exceptional children's choir, and the true meaning of Christmas. Excellent for children ages 8 and up! 

[For more information, user reviews, or to buy: A Classical Kids Christmas at Amazon.com]

 

 


Raymond Briggs' The Snowman & Raymond Briggs' The Bear

He isn't Frosty, but this snowman-come-to-life will nevertheless charm young children. Our only complaint with this video is its length--it's too short! Otherwise, this is a beautiful video based on Raymond Briggs' book, The Snowman. It inspires imagination and fantasy, and its gentleness will appeal to parents as well as their kids. The story is wordless, and the musical soundtrack is exceptional.

[For more information, user reviews, or to buy: The Snowman at Amazon.com]

Like The Snowman video, The Bear is a wordless story that is both charming and wondrous. Based on the children's story of the same name, this video follows the dreamy adventures of a small girl who receives a visit from a kind polar bear. It's short, but The Bear is a delightfully gentle story that the whole family will enjoy.

[For more information, user reviews, or to buy: Raymond Briggs' The Bear at Amazon.com]

 

 

Diego Saves Christmas!

Two feature episodes are winter-themed and new to DVD. The DVD also includes two bonus episodes. In Diego Save's Christmas, Santa's sleigh is stuck on a mountain, and Diego is off to rescue him....and Christmas. Cute and educational.

[For more information, user reviews, or to buy: Go Diego Go! Diego Saves Christmas! (DVD) at Amazon.com]

 

 

 


The Ultimate Christmas Sticker Book

This very satisfying book features pages of stickers, and a place for each and every one of them throughout the book. This will surely keep little ones busy as they attempt to match the holiday-themed colorful stickers to their outlines. 


[For more information, user reviews, or to buy: The Ultimate Christmas Sticker Book at Amazon.com]

 

 

 


Putumayo Presents: Christmas Around the World

With such beautiful recordings as African Playground and Dreamland under their belt, Putumayo World Music have established themselves as first-rate international music publishers. Although designed primarily for kids, Putumayo Presents recordings are as parent-friendly as they are kid-friendly. Their latest release, Putumayo Presents Christmas Around the World, offers classic Christmas songs with an international twist. This multilingual recording is fresh, rousing, and rich with culture. 


[For more information, user reviews, or to buy: Putumayo Presents: Christmas Around the World at Amazon.com]

 

 

 


Jingle Bell Baby

Even the youngest of viewers can enjoy the sights and sounds of Christmas in Jingle Bell Baby, a video designed for the very young. A visit to the candy cane factory, familiar Christmas songs, cookie-baking, and more are some of this video's highlights. It's a 30-minute Christmas treat, filled with live-action video.

[For more information, user reviews, or to buy: Jingle Bell Baby at Amazon.com]

 

 

 


Merry Fishes to All 

Quirky, fun, and hilarious describe this collection of Christmas songs for children (and parents too!) by Trout Fishing in America, and so does "high quality". The wit in the songs' lyrics will bring smiles to parents' faces, as their kids delight in tunes about holiday excitement, disappointments, and pleasures. Merry Fishes to All is delightfully different. 

[For more information, user reviews, or to buy: Merry Fishes to All at Amazon.com]

 

 

 

Fisher Price Little People Christmas

Place this set under the tree, and kids can actually play with the nativity scene! Toddlers always love the chunky Little People figurines, and with this set, they can learn something about the meaning behind Christmas. Cute!

[For more information, user reviews, or to buy: A Little People Christmas at Amazon.com]


Little People Christmas Village

This fun toy set is great for kids to play with even before Christmas--in the days or (month) leading up to the Christmas holidays. It features the chunky Little People figures that toddlers adore, in the form of Santa, Mrs. Claus, a helpful elf, and a reindeer! A Christmas tree, Santa's sleigh, a large present, and 3 little buildings round out this fun set that inspires holiday-themed imagination.

[For more information, user reviews, or to buy: Little People Christmas Village at Amazon.com]

 

 

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Toot & Puddle I'll Be Home for Christmas

The friendship between Toot, a little pig who loves to travel, and Puddle, a happy and busy homebody, comes shining through in this Christmas book that's sure to delight both Toot & Puddle fans and those new to the series.

  
[Buy Toot & Puddle: I'll Be Home for Christmas at Amazon.com]

 

 

 

My Little Pony: A Very Minty Christmas

New this season, My Little Pony: A Very Minty Christmas is the first feature DVD of the popular franchise, and it's a warm, positive, and engaging movie. It's a real treat! (See our full review). Our Rating: A

[For more information, user reviews, or to buy: My Little Pony - A Very Minty Christmas (DVD edition) or My Little Pony - A Very Minty Christmas (VHS)]

 

 


Betty Crocker's Best Christmas Cookbook

Families will love the easy, family-pleasing recipes in this exceptional and inspiring cookbook. The holiday recipes featured here include appetizers, main dishes, desserts, cookies, candies, holiday gifts, and a nice collection of kids' favorite dishes. There's even a good-sized collection of vegetarian dishes. From cheese fondues to bar cookies to rib roasts...there's something here for everyone. We love this book! 

[For more information, user reviews, or to buy: Betty Crocker's Best Christmas Cookbook at Amazon.com]

 


Usborne Christmas Cooking

Designed for kids, this well-illustrated cookbook features kid-friendly recipes and step-by-step instructions for creating all sorts of Christmas treats. After baking a rectangular cake, for example, kids are shown how to cut the cake into triangles and squares in order to create little Christmas trees and presents--ready to decorate! Chocolate fudge, "painted" cookies, shining star cookie ornaments, gingerbread heart cookies, and more are featured. How to make tags and ribbons along with some gift-wrapping tips are also included. There are not a lot of recipes, but the ones here are attractive. Our favorite recipe shows kids how to make snowmen and gifts out of marzipan. As long as you purchase the marzipan, this is an easy-to-do (and yummy) craft. 

[For more information, user reviews, or to buy: Christmas Cooking at Amazon.com]

 

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Online

The non-commercial holiday Web site, http://www.saintnick.org, appeals to children of all ages and their parents seeking online communication with Santa Claus and who are interested in Christmas-themed infotainment. Visitors to the St. Nick Web site can send their Christmas lists to Santa and receive a personalized e-mails back from the “big guy”, play holiday trivia games, listen their favorite Christmas tunes, share their favorite traditions and recipes, learn about the magic of Santa's one-night trip around the world and more.

 

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FamilyFun's Cookies for Christmas: 75...

Looking for a great holiday cookie cookbook? This affordable recipe book is filled with beautiful pictures of yummy cookies that parents and kids can bake together, along with clear instructions for making them! Family-friendly and fun.

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