Netflix’s New Year’s Eve for Kids (And Don’t Forget Mary!)

Here’s my personal New Year’s Eve philosophy — once the ball drops in Times Square in New York City, it’s all over. On the other hand, lots of other places hit midnight before Gotham, so just about any hour of the night, somebody’s shooting off fireworks.

So, there’s absolutely no reason why little kids need to stay up until midnight in your time zone. If you’re home with them on New Year’s Eve — or if you’ve left them with a babysitter — Netflix has come up with a fun way for them to count down to 2018 with some of their TV friends and still get to bed at a reasonable hour.

Netflix is offering on-demand, New Year’s Eve countdowns for kids. They range from two to five minutes long and feature some popular shows and characters, such as “All Hail King Julien,” “True and the Rainbow Kingdom,” “Puffin Rock,” “Beat Bugs,” “Skylanders Academy,” “Word Party,” “Larva” and “Pororo.”

Here’s a preview trailer:

To access these Netflix NYE on-demand countdowns, parents can search for “New Year’s Eve Countdown” or “Countdown” at any time during the day (they’ve been up since Dec. 26 and hang around for all of January). New for 2017, countdowns will also get their own icon in the Kids row for quick access to all nine videos.

Also, in case you were wondering, while Jan. 1, the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, is ordinarily a Holy Day of Obligation for Catholics, the USCCB has rescinded that this year because the holiday falls on a Monday. Of course, if you still want to go to Mass, feel free to do so.

You can also check out the “Mary” episode of our fast and fun catechetical Web series, “Catholic Central.”

Blessed Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, and Happy New Year!

Image: Courtesy Netflix

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