My 8 year old daughter likes to watch the series Spirit: Riding Free on Netflix. This is an animated series about a girl named Lucky, who rides a wild horse named Spirit. She lives in a small town somewhere in the “wild west”, sometime in the early 1900s. You might notice there’s some similarity to the Little House series. It’s probably closest to Little Town on the Prairie.

Season 2, episode 5 is a Christmas episode that is very charming and I like to watch it and re-watch it. It’s called Lucky and the Spirit of Christmas, and it’s about 23 minutes long. The plot is very reminiscent of Little House. A train has been delayed and this means that the town’s Christmas plans are interrupted because the gifts and Christmas food are on that train. The wild horses are hungry because of the minimal food available to them in winter. And there’s a funny sub-plot involving a goose intended to be the Christmas goose (no geese are harmed in this episode). Lucky and her friends decide to play “secret Santa” for their school classmates. They make or recycle gifts, and they provide for the horses.

Although the series is rated TV-Y7, it is not juvenile. I don’t really like babyish shows so I certainly wouldn’t watch it over and over myself if that were the case. Although the plot is predictable and has been done many times before, I particularly like this episode because they manage to put in 9 Christmas carols in the 23-minute episode. Sometimes it’s just a couple of lines, but still, the music really adds to the magic.

Listen for:

  • Hark! the Herald Angels Sing
  • Joy to the World (2 different versions)
  • O Come O Come Emmanuel
  • something from the Nutcracker Suite whose name I forgot
  • We Wish You a Merry Christmas
  • Deck the Halls
  • In the Bleak MidWinter (really pretty acapella vocal)
  • Angels We Have Heard on High

I hope you enjoy this heartwarming show as you are at home!

(Image credit: Dreamworks Animation Television)

 

 

You might also like these posts…

Dolly Parton sings “I’d Like to Spend Christmas with Santa”

Dolly Parton sings “I’d Like to Spend Christmas with Santa”

We're all excited about Dolly Parton's new Christmas movie that will debut on Netflix on Sunday! But today please enjoy this clip from Smoky Mountain Christmas where Dolly sings "I'd Like to Spend Christmas With Santa". I also like watching Dolly play the guitar with...

The Waltons Christmas movie, 1971

The Waltons Christmas movie, 1971

The Waltons was a TV show that aired in the 1970s but was set in the 1930s and 40s. It was about a large family that lived in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, and did the best they could to survive. Kind of like Little House on the Prairie, but 40 years later and...

Day of the Dead – Dia de Muertos

Day of the Dead – Dia de Muertos

Today is Dia de Muertos, or Day of the Dead. Watch Coco (currently streaming on Disney+ or available to rent on Amazon Prime Video) and eat tamales. If you didn’t already decorate or make an altar, you can still make an impromptu altar with your own photos, cut...