It's a SpongeBob Christmas! Soundtrack

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Jessica Dawson, Common Sense Media
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Fun and surprisingly touching tunes for the holidays.

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Educational Value

Meant to entertain rather than educate.

Positive Messages

"Don't Be a Jerk (at Christmas)" is a sweet and snarky song about being on your best behavior at Christmas: "Use your turn signals, don't screen my calls, and squeeze the toothpaste from the bottom ..."

Positive Role Models & Representations

The songs are all about the fun and exciting traditions of Christmas, from the anticipation on Christmas Eve to fruitcake, snowflakes, and pretty ribbons and bows that keep Patrick "sittin' and starin' like (he's) hypnotized." They even talk about being on your best behavior during the holidays in "Don't Be a Jerk (at Christmas)."

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Sexy Stuff

Soundtrack to movie of the same name.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that It's a SpongeBob Christmas! is a heartwarming collection of original holiday tunes to get your kids, and even you, in the holiday spirit. The messages are positive, with tame tidbits of the SpongeBob humor here and there, but overall this album celebrates the anticipation and excitement of the holiday season in a way that's fun, fresh, and family-friendly.

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What's the story?

IT'S A SPONGEBOB CHRISTMAS! is the soundtrack to the holiday special that aired on Nickelodeon. Inspired by the classic stop-motion Rankin/Bass movies like Santa Claus is Comin' to Town and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, this holiday special features SpongeBob and posse (with the fantastic John Goodman as Santa Claus) as they all try to overcome Plankton and his naughtiness-inducing fruitcake.

Is it any good?

Unless you are a true SpongeBob fan, the thought of Bikini Bottom dwellers singing holiday tunes sounds a bit ridiculous. However, the fun and fresh Christmas songs actually capture the excitement and anticipation in a way that's a nice change from the traditional yuletide tunes we're all used to. There is some SpongeBob humor here and there; "Christmas is Mine" reminds us how not to be at the holidays, but overall, songs like "Snowflakes," "Christmas Eve Jitters," and "Pretty Ribbons and Bows" sing about the little things ("snowflakes clinging to your cozy clothes") and moments that make this the most wonderful time of the year.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about favorite holiday traditions. What are some fun ways that you and your family/friends spend time together during this time of year? What are some of your favorite things about Christmas?

  • Do you like the traditional Christmas music that you hear every year? Or do you prefer new, original Christmas songs?

  • When an artist you like or character comes out with holiday music, does it make you more inclined to buy it and listen to it during the holidays?

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For kids who love the holidays

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