Thomas & Friends: Merry Winter Wish

Thomas has a special delivery for the season -- the Star of Knapford, a festive light that makes wishes come true! Celebrate the holiday season with Thomas -- from building snowmen, preparing holiday surprises, and celebrating a Misty Island Christmas party. The more friends the merrier, so join the fun and see that winter wishes do come true.
John Gilluley
Martin T ShermanDavid BedellaWilliam Hope
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Togo IgawaJules De JonghKerry ShaleKeith WickhamGlenn Wrage
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4.7 out of 5 stars

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MountainTopMamaReviewed in the United States on October 29, 2011
5.0 out of 5 stars
My Daughter's Favorite Thomas DVD!
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My daughter loves Thomas, and this is by far her favorite of all the Thomas DVDs we have. It's cute. It's harmless. Yes the lessons are a bit repetitive, but they're entertaining and not everything has to be Super Educational or adhere to a very specific belief system. Regardless of Rev. Awdrey's denomination (and he was an Anglican priest, not an American Protestant pastor), his stories aren't specifically built around a denomination-based belief system. Neither are the stories of Curious George, or Kipper, or Little Bear. They are all sweet cartoons that carry a good lesson, and are certainly not designed to cause offense through language.

There's not a thing wrong with saying Happy Winter Holidays ("Holiday" comes from "Holy Day" after all), or Merry Christmas, or Happy Chanukah for that matter. Didn't Jesus teach tolerance and kindness towards others? Yes. Does this particular DVD teach lessons that directly oppose Jesus' teachings? No.

Sure, the trains misbehave at times (though not nearly as much as the older DVDs where they teased each other and used name-calling or were very rude, but happened to use the word "Christmas") or make mistakes/poor choices, but the end lessons are always the same -- they realize their mistakes, they feel remorse, they resolve to become as "useful" as they can be, and behave properly. That's a positive lesson, even if it's a bit redundant.

Here's the Thomas intro, as written by Rev. W. A. Awdry:

"Dear Christopher,
Here is your friend Thomas, the Tank Engine.
He wanted to come out of his station-yard and see the world.
These stories tell you how he did it.
I hope you will like them because you helped me to make them.
-Your Loving Daddy"

He wrote them as children's stories, as inspired by his child, not by his religious views. I think it's a bit much to look for offense when obviously none is intended. :/

So, the bottoms line: does the DVD have a negative impact upon my child? No. If it did, then sure, I'd rate it low, and wouldn't let her watch it. But it's not negative. It's cute, and it's entertaining, and letting her watch it is not going to undermine our spiritual teachings.

Pus, she absolutely loves it! So for that, and the positive lessons it teaches, this DVD rates 5 stars.

(ps. I do agree that it's annoying however that you have to fast forward through the ads. I'm not a fan of product commercials for kids, but my kids understand that commercials are people trying to sell us things, and we've taught them that just because we see it on a commercial doesn't mean we have to buy it in the store, because there are some things that aren't positive toys/shows, and they get that. It's tough at times, but they get it. And my five-year-old helps fast forward for my almost three-year-old, so they don't watch the commercials.)
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Courtney CatesReviewed in the United States on July 6, 2018
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Great for Thomas lovers!
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My son is a huge Thomas fan and he loved it!
Angela HugheyReviewed in the United States on January 22, 2017
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A great holiday movie addition
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We love Thomas in this house, and this movie is no exception. It is enjoyable to me to watch holiday movies that I have never seen before-a nice perk of having a 2 year old who is obsessed with trains!
shyrondaReviewed in the United States on December 12, 2018
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My grandson has loved Thomas for years now right down to the underwear and socks I have purchased.
Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on January 4, 2019
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Good job
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Son loved it. Arrived promptly
cindyReviewed in the United States on July 3, 2016
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Five Stars
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Like to have this for the little ones
brittany perryReviewed in the United States on December 29, 2015
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Five Stars
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great movie
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Storm WatcherReviewed in the United States on July 5, 2013
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Gave this as a gift and have not heard if it is liked or not. If it was GREAT, I am sure I would have heard so maybe not a good investment.
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