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Top 6 Thanksgiving Movies for Kids

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Here are some ideas for Thanksgiving movies to watch with your family.

1. A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (DVD) (1973)

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving
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An Emmy-award winning special, with Charlie Brown in charge of the Thanksgiving dinner where everyone drops by unexpectedly. This DVD also includes "The Mayflower Voyagers" special, a Peanuts rendition of the Mayflower Voyage and the first Thanksgiving. NR
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2. Alvin and the Chipmunks: Alvin's Thanksgiving Celebration

Alvin and the Chipmunks: Alvin's Thanksgiving Celebration
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This Thanksgiving-themed DVD contains the following Alvin and the Chipmunks episodes: "A Chipmunk Celebration," "Food for Thought," "Cookie Chomper III," and "Dave's Getting Married." In "A Chipmunk Celebration," Alvin invites his relatives for Thanksgiving just so they can watch him star in the community Thanksgiving play, but he changes his tune when he doesn't exactly get the part he wanted. "Food for Thought" tells about the time when Alvin and Simon help Theodore study for his American history test by relating all of the details to food. This episode is endearing, because the brothers are so intent on helping Theodore, and it is educational, as the boys touch on several points regarding Thanksgiving and other historical points.
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3. Winnie the Pooh - Seasons of Giving (DVD) (1999)

A collection of Winnie the Pooh's memorable holiday adventures, as Winnie, Piglet, and Tigger set out to find the right ingredients for Winter, Rabbit learns how to manage a complicated Thanksgiving dinner, and everyone gets a special visit from a new friend. Featuring a number of delightful songs for singing along. NR
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4. Mouse on the Mayflower (VHS)

In this Thanksgiving tale, kids set sail with the tiniest pilgrim on a musical voyage to America. Voiced by Tennessee Ernie Ford, Eddie Albert and June Foray. NR
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5. Garfield: Holiday Celebrations (DVD) (2004)

Three cartoons featuring the holiday adventures of the lazy, lovable, Garfield. First, Garfield and Odie get stuck in a haunted house populated by spectral pirates in "Garfield's Halloween Adventure." "A Garfield Christmas" features Garfield and Odie home alone while Jon visits Grandma on the farm. Jon has a hot date for Thanksgiving dinner in "Garfield's Thanksgiving" when Liz the veterinarian agrees to come over. Meanwhile, Garfield's on a preparatory diet to get ready for the feast. NR
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6. Miracle on 34th Street

Kris Kringle--unbeknownst to cynical, market-minded adults, the real Santa Claus--is hired to play himself at Macy's Department Store, New York City. He finds himself in a situation where he must convince an unbelieving little girl, and others, that he is the real Santa. As the film begins with the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, it is perfect to watch on Thanksgiving Day.NR
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