There’s nothing more cozy then snuggling up on the couch to watch a heartwarming Holiday classic movie with the family. While there are many amazing nostalgic holiday classics, one of our all-time favorites is Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. We love that the movie showcases the beauty of differences, doing what makes you happy is a success, and that kindness always is the best.
The Ultimate Classic: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
An iconic Holiday classic – Rudolph continues to glow (like a light bulb!) each Holiday season. The Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer television special first aired on NBC December 6, 1964. Fifty years later, it has become a beloved Christmas classic—capturing the heart and wonder of many generations of fans. His lovable demeanor, the stop animation feature, and of course the overall heartwarming story is what each and every family (like ours) holds so dear. I watched it at a very young age with my family, and look forward to each holiday season to once again pull out our cherished DVD with our son.
Lessons with the Classics
This year, as our little guy is now old enough to understand the meaning behind shows and movies, we wanted to do something special in addition to simply watching a movie; we wanted to explore how we could take the lessons learned through the flick a step further by giving back. We’ve partnered with DreamWorks animation and Fox Home Entertainment to share how we’ve been getting into the holiday spirit with our all-time favorite Holiday classic.
Spreading the Holiday Cheer
There is no better way to spread Holiday cheer than to give handmade gifts that were made from the heart. What better character inspiration that Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer! We brainstormed on ideas, and thought that the best way to create our favorite woodland character would be out of natural materials we could find in a park. We headed up to Central Park and found thick branches for the body and head, and skinny twigs for Rudolph’s legs. We (carefully!) cut the pieces with a saw, to create all the parts of the body. We also gathered extra pine branches that had fallen from our tress and cut small pieces for the ears and tail, and added a little red bead or ball for the nose. Some hot glue and drying patience – and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer was created! Can’t wait to give these wonderful keepsakes to friends, and with the added feature that we made these ourselves they rank high on the Holiday cheer factor!
Shine your Brightest this Season
Run Run Rudolph! No reindeer games here! The New York Road Runners Jingle Jog was the perfect place to celebrate Rudolph’s message of spirit and team work. It was a festive morning of running and fitness activities, that concluded with an energetic finish and a green holiday bagel wreath as a reward. The race included all fitness types and ages, and was a celebration of coming together and fitness. While running isn’t my favorite thing – we used the race to showcase to our son that anything is possible with a little work and determination. To add some holiday cheer – I dressed up as our favorite reindeer! The race was a beautiful example of people coming together, inclusiveness, and a (super fun!) experience I will always cherish.
Island of Toys for Girls and Boys
Share Joy – Give a Toy! In the movie Rudolph helps to bring the island of Misfit toys to loving girls and boys. Just as in the movie, we did the same here in the city – and visited our local store to pick out some donations for Christmas presents. We love Toys for Tots and have been participating in their toy drives for as long as I can remember. There is no better feeling then to give to others – and in doing so we are teaching compassion, and a life lesson to our children.
Keep it Glowing
Even after Christmas morning when the tree is gone, and all the presents are done, it’s important to keep the spirit and make sure you don’t forget Rudolph’s cheerful messages of the season. Let’s celebrate our differences, show a bit more kindness & compassion to others, and most importantly – keep it glowing all year long.
Fox Home Entertainment and DreamWorks Animation are now asking you and your family to take the Holiday Cheer Challenge. There are many simple ways to make a big difference! Catch a classic Christmas movies on iTunes, such as Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, or Santa Claus; or try a new modern favorite Shrek, Penguins, or Kung Fu Panda on Amazon – and share how you are spreading cheer this holiday season, all with hashtag #DWAHolidayChallenge.
Have a Holly Jolly Christmas everyone!
Thank you to Fox Home Entertainment and DreamWorks Animation for sponsoring this post. As always, all opinions are of our own.