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Sesame Street - Elmo's World - Happy Holidays (2010)

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A movie directed by Ken Diego

In the first-ever "Elmo's World" holiday special, Elmo is gearing up to celebrate Christmas. But what present will he give Dorothy, his beloved goldfish? As he searches for an answer, Elmo learns about holidays around the world and discovers the many … see full wiki

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Director: Ken Diego
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Much Better Than Elmo Saves Christmas!

  • Nov 20, 2006
Rating:
+5
"Greetings of "Happy Holidays!" can be heard at all times of year throughout the world. Every holiday is a unique cultural tradition with specific origins, meanings, and ritual observances. The holidays that your family celebrates may be different from those of your neighbors and friends, or you may even observe the same holiday differently. To help celebrate some of the diverse cultural traditions that bring joy to the world, Sesame Workshop created the video Elmo's World: Happy Holidays." - From Sesame Street Workshop

My son has both Elmo Saves Christmas and Elmo's World: Happy Holidays! and the latter DVD is MUCH better. (Harvey Fierstein's role as the Easter Bunny in Elmo Saves Christmas is enough to ruin THAT one for me, let alone everything else...)

This culture-friendly DVD shows kids (and muppets!) celebrating Christmas, Kwanzaa, Chanukah, Ramadan, and even mentions Three Kings Day. I like the fact that this DVD doesn't shy away from the nativity scene and the special birth of a "great teacher to many" like in other overly-PC DVDs. (For example, Blue's Clues Big Holiday has Wynona Judd merely saying "Christmas is a time we celebrate a very special birth"--as if the "J" word was as bad as the "F" word!)

Yet, it also shows other holiday traditions in a respectful, educational way. A child speaking about celebrating Ramadan says "Ramadan makes me feel happy, to respect my God and my elders". The Chanukah segment is a cartoon describing the miracle of the Lights--and Baby Bear and family spin the dreidel.

And Elmo doing a Kwanzaa dance? Crazy, bongo-hitting fun!

Kelly Ripa also makes appearances as the friendly mail carrier; she suits the role well.

This DVD is about an hour long and a *wonderful* holiday tale introducing children to a variety of holiday traditions. Too bad they don't show any Pagan Yule festivals, but I guess that may have been too hard for most to swallow, especially since most think Paganism=Satanism (which couldn't be further from the truth).

A well-written, clever DVD! Highly recommended for small children, especially.

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