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Top 3 Little Known Christmas Movie Gems

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When I made my top 10 Christmas movie list, I really wanted to include the following three. The problem was, that made 13, and I didn't know which three to take out. Therefore, I decided to put those which are not as well known in a top picks list of their own. These three movies are absolutely precious, and for many people they will bring back fond childhood memories.

1. Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas (DVD) (1977)

Emmet Otter's Jug Band Christmas
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Christmas is coming in Frogtown Hollow, and Emmet Otter and his Ma hope to buy gifts for each other. But, Emmet doesn't make enough from his odd jobs, and Ma doesn't make enough as a laundress. They decide to compete in the Frog Town Hollow Talent Contest to win money, but Ma will have to hock Emmet's tool chest, and Emmet will have to put a hole in Ma's washtub for his band! Kermit the Frog hosts this classic Muppet musical Christmas tale, based on the book by Russell and Lillian. (Recommended for all ages)

2. The Small One (1978)

Mickey Holiday Classics
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The DVD Classic Cartoon Favorites, Vol. 9 - Classic Holiday Stories contains several classic animated Disney Christmas holiday shows, including "The Small One." This Disney animated cartoon reflects the charm and magic that made the company legendary. Small one depicts a story about a young boy who is devastated to learn that he must sell his donkey. In the end, the boy is comforted by the kind and gentle man who buys the donkey,and Small One is privileged to be the donkey that carries Mary to Bethlehem. (Recommended for all ages)
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3. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (1983)

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
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When the Herdmans decide to join the Christmas pageant, it seems that all reverence for the Christmas story goes out the window, but in fact, the children remind everyone what the true meaning of Christmas is. This wonderful holiday special stars Loretta Swit as the "caretaker" for the delinquent Herdman youngsters. (Recommended for ages 3+)
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