Review + Photo Contest: Original Christmas Classics DVD Set

Image of the Christmas Classics DVD set.I saw The Original Christmas Classics Limited Keepsake Edition DVD set at Costco and promptly added it to our wish list. Santa’s chief elf sent me an e-mail the very next day, promising to deliver a copy and an offer for 5 lucky Thinga-readers to receive a copy too!

The Prize: Five lucky winners will receive a copy of The Original Christmas Classics Limited Keepsake Edition DVD set containing stop motion and cartoon Christmas classics that have become a holiday tradition for every child since the 1960s:

1) Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer — Direct from 1964, Rudolph, Hermey the wannabe dentist-elf, Yukon Cornelius the gold-loving prospector, The Bumble (Abominable Snow Monster), and their visit to the Island of Misfit Toys as they all seek understanding as they find their purpose in life.

2) Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town — The year 1970 brought us Baby Claus, his adopting Kringle family, Burgermeister Meisterburger and the Winter Warlock. Kris Kringle grows up and endeavors to deliver toys to Sombertown where the Burgermeister has outlawed all toys, melting the Winter Warlock’s frozen heart and becoming known worldwide, all amid some snappy dance tunes.

3 & 4) Frosty the Snowman and Frosty Returns — From 1969 and 1995 respectively. If you don’t know Frosty’s story, by gum, why did you become a parent? It all began with a magician’s discarded top hat.

5) Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol — Mr. Magoo was the first animated holiday TV special, in 1962. While the Magoo character isn’t my favorite, what makes this special is the fact that two Broadway songwriters wrote the music and songs for the special.

6) The Little Drummer Boy — This Christian classic from 1968 tells the story of a boy who plays his drum for the infant Jesus. This version diverges from the popular song by depicting events before the birth as well.

7) Cricket on the Hearth — This animated 1967 musical with Roddy McDowall is actually a Charles Dickens novella involving a cricket in a family’s hearth (a symbol of good luck in English folklore) that acts as a sort of guardian angel for a poor toymaker’s family. This one is for children who are a little older.

8) Music CD — I totally missed this in Costco. The CD contains the Frosty the Snowman anthem, some Burl Ives tunes from the TV specials and a few other songs. My daughter loves it.

Your Challenge:

Submit a photo of your child that is in keeping with the theme of one of the DVD stories. For example, a snow scene, drumming scene, baby in a Santa’s hat, or ketchup or jelly dobbed on their kids’ nose. Okay, okay, I’ll accept any photo of your child (or pregnant belly) that is Christmas related.

The deadline: 11:59 p.m. Friday, December 4, 2009 Pacific Time.

Submission Rules:

  1. E-mail one original photo (or a link to one) of your child or children on the stated theme with an e-mail subject of “Christmas Contest” to this address: thingcontest@gmail.com.
  2. In the e-mail, tell me your hometown and US state or Canadian province. This allows me to announce winners without waiting for days for you to fish the winner’s announcement out of your spam filter.

Other Legal Jargon:

Five total winners will be selected at random. Parents whose babies won’t smile deserve a break, ya know?

You, the photo submitter, must be the parent or legal guardian of all children pictured in the photo.

The contest is open only to residents of the United States or Canada (your shipping address must be in the US or Canada).

Submitted photos may be published on Thingamababy with a “Thingamababy.com” watermark along with a mention of your first name and hometown, but you otherwise retain rights to the photo and your privacy. The names of the hometowns (no street addresses) of the five winners will be published. I’m not responsible for e-mails not received, and all that legal jargon. Let’s keep this simple and fun, eh?

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