Martha Stewart recently announced that she has made a deal with Hulu to have some of her programming broadcast via Hulu. Now, audiences of all ages have a brand new way to enjoy Martha Stewart like never before. Martha & Friends: Holiday Collection follows a ten your old Martha and her friends (Hannah, Kevin, and Lily) through the holidays. The single disc collection starts off on Halloween. In Martha’s Halloween, Martha and her friends have to go hunting for her dogs, Francesca and Sharkey, after the dogs get scared during Kevin’s filming of his Halloween movie. Martha, Lily, and Hannah play a trio of “glampires” who attend a Halloween costume party with the aim of turning everyone else into “glampires.” The dogs think that Martha and her friends really are vampires, so they run off and accidentally pull the plug to the power in the old barn in which Kevin is filming his movie. This leads the kids to go off in search of the dogs. There’s nothing overly scary here. So both parents and kids of all ages will be able to sit down and enjoy this episode that would be a great fit for any child’s Halloween party.
Martha and her friends learn in Martha’s Halloween that as a certain president once noted, we have nothing to fear but fear itself. She and her friends learn even more valuable lessons in the collection’s Thanksgiving episode. In Martha’s Thanksgiving, Martha and her friends all have family visiting from out of town. Along with their aunts and uncles, all four kids have to deal with their cousins, too. So it’s up to Martha to figure out how to entertain her friends’ cousins and her own cousin, too, all while managing their Thanksgiving plans, too. The kids’ cousins aren’t the only hurdle that Martha and her friends have to face in the collection’s Thanksgiving episode. They learn that the elderly Mr. McGregor isn’t the mean person that they were previously led to believe he was. In turn, they learn not to let what they’ve heard be the basis of what they think of someone. These are more great lessons for viewers of all ages. It all comes together to make for a fun and memorable addition to the collection.
Along with the valuable lessons about family that this episode teaches, audiences are also reminded of proper pet care during Thanksgiving. Francesca and Sharkey (Martha’s dogs) remind audiences that dogs can’t eat turkey bones because it’s not safe for them. So instead, they show audiences how the turkey bones can be used to help make a broth. That creativity echoes throughout all three episodes of this collection. It too is something that parents and kids alike will love.
Viewers learn one more very valuable lesson in the final piece of the Martha and Friends: Holiday Collection. In the Christmas episode included in the set, Martha and her friends are setting up a Christmas tree for the annual Christmas tree decorating contest. She wants to win really badly. Even her friends realize that maybe she’s a little too caught up in what she’s doing. So when things don’t go exactly as planned, thanks to the weather, young Martha realizes what’s really most important. Parents will love the lesson taught by this episode. While it’s a holiday episode, the lesson taught here is one that will resonate throughout the year.
The trio of holiday shorts included in this set teaches audiences lots of great lessons that will apply throughout the year. They’re just a part of what makes the shorts a joy for the whole family. There are also lots of ideas of how to decorate and cook special dishes for the holidays that kids and adults alike will enjoy. Parents can even pop the DVD into their computers to access bonus content including: cookie cutter templates and templates just to name a couple bonuses. There are also a handful of bonus webisodes that families can enjoy without even the use of a computer. It all combines to make a holiday DVD that the whole family will enjoy again and again throughout the holiday season.
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