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)



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