Holiday Shows Your Kids Shouldn’t Watch
The Christmas season is a time for joy, kindness and good cheer – as long as you avoid these questionable kids’ specials.
For the next couple of weeks, your children will be watching a lot of holiday-themed TV shows, either as a family-bonding tradition or as a way to keep them occupied while you spend an hour untangling Christmas tree lights. But if you’re trying to instill the true spirit of the season into their innocent minds, consider the messages being sent by these beloved so-called “classics”:
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Kids everywhere know that Santa Claus is a lovable gent just filled with Christmas benevolence – but here, Santa acts more like Scrooge than jolly old St. Nick. He barely pays attention to his elf staff in their drab workshop, muttering only a gruff “Needs work” when they put on a show for him. He must not offer much of a health benefits package, since he has no dentists on staff and no opportunity for Hermey to get medical training. Santa is guilty of sex discrimination – no girls need apply to his sleigh team, thank you – and apparently has no clue that his employees’ manufacturing defects end up sobbing their hearts out on the Island of Misfit Toys.
But he saves his worst behavior for poor little Rudolph: At the first sight of the fawn’s glowing nose, Santa freaks out and tells dad Donner he should be “ashamed.” (He even wears a deerstalker cap to visit his animals. A subtle threat, Mr. Kringle?) Only when faced with a blinding Christmas Eve snowstorm does Santa realize a deer with a built-in flashlight might be useful to him after all. Rudolph agrees to help, but what he’s really thinking is, “Lemme tell you where you can stuff your toy sack, pal.”