Remember back in the day when holidays were filled with cheesy TV shows and good old fashioned cartoons?
All you wanted was to sit inside under tons of blankets and watch television with your family and friends. Everyone waited for the night that the TV specials were on. The Muppet Family Christmas, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Emmet Otter’s Jug Band Christmas, and A Charlie Brown Christmas were packed with seasonal cheer and joy.
Recapture the childhood magic of Christmas with these holiday specials from the good old times:
A Muppet Family Christmas
Some fans claim that A Muppet Family Christmas was the best holiday special ever. Released in 1987, it tells the story of Kermit and his friends planning an unexpected visit to Fozzie’s mother on Christmas day. This timeless holiday classic brings your favorite characters together, featuring musical numbers, popular actors, and plenty of action and fun lines. It boasts all time favorite holiday songs, such as Jingle Bells, Home for the Holidays, We Wish You a Merry Christmas, and Deck the Halls.
Santa Claus Is Coming to Town
Featuring Mickey Rooney as Santa Claus and Fred Astaire as the narrator, this 1970 TV special will bring the Christmas spirit into your heart. It shows how children worldwide are preparing for the arrival of Santa, offering a glimpse of the most beloved holiday traditions. In this TV show, a mailman reveals the origin of Kris Kringle in an attempt to answer kids’ questions about Christmas.
The Year Without a Santa Claus
The Year Without a Santa Claus is a 1974 Christmas stop motion animated television special produced by Rankin/Bass Productions. The story is based on Phyllis McGinley’s 1956 book of the same name, illustrated by Kurt Werth. It was originally broadcast on December 10, 1974 on ABC.
Frosty The Snowman
Frosty The Snowman first aired on CBS on December 7, 1969 and is narrated by Jimmy Durante, in the legendary comedian’s final role. It was produced by Rankin/Bass Productions, the same studio known for the stop-motion films Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer and Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town.
Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer
Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer is a 1964 Christmas stop motion animated television special produced by Rankin/Bass Productions and it first aired Sunday, December 6, 1964, on the NBC television network.
Emmet Otter’s Jug Band Christmas
In 1977, Muppet creator Jim Henson produced a one-hour television adaptation of the story filmed in Toronto for HBO in the United States, and CBC in Canada. The special premiered on HBO on December 17, 1978. The special later aired on ABC in 1980 and on Nickelodeon in the 1990s. The special features several original songs written by songwriter Paul Williams.
A Charlie Brown Christmas
A Charlie Brown Christmas is a 1965 animated television special based on the comic strip Peanuts, by Charles M. Schulz. The program made its debut on CBS on December 9, 1965. In the special, lead character Charlie Brown finds himself depressed despite the onset of the cheerful holiday season. Lucy suggests he direct a school Christmas play, but he is both ignored and mocked by his peers. The story touches on the over-commercialization and secularism of Christmas, and serves to remind viewers of the true meaning of Christmas.
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