Favorite Holiday TV Specials

Of course, virtually all of us love the classics, like Rudolph, the Grinch, and the Peanuts specials. Feel free to bring those up if you like, but what I’m really talking about are the “lost” specials–the ones you never see on TV anymore.

For example, one of my all time faves is “The Year Without a Santa Claus”, featuring the unforgettable characters, Snow-Miser and Heat-Miser (“I’m Mr. Green Christmas, I’m Mr. Sun!..”). Santa decides to skip out on Christmas, and a couple of elves go out looking for him.

Don’t limit it to Christmas either, I can think of a lot of old holiday specials that don’t get shown anymore (Whatever happened to, “It’s the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown!”? I haven’t seen that on network TV in years.)

Which ones do ya’ll remember?

Boris Karloff and Dr. Seuss. Who can beat that tandem?

“The Grinch Who Stole Christmas” hands down.

By the by, Jim Carey is doing a “live” version for next Christmas.

For me, no question, can’t miss special every year is Charlie Brown. My brother, however, spends much of December singing “I’m Mr. Heat Miser…” Fred Astair is the narrator for the Year Without a Santa Clause is he not?

The Christmas specials I haven’t seen in years, but liked when I was a kid are The Little Drummer Boy, The Littlest Angel (a real tearjerker as I recall), and Ahmal and the Night Visitors.
Do they still run Frosty the Snowman?

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My wife told me that was on tonight (or possibly next Thursday). She said she saw ads for it during the Rudolph show last night.

It is too clear, and so it is hard to see.

Should have been more specific; I was talking about the “Heat miser” Christmas special.

It is too clear, and so it is hard to see.

And I should have answered the OP…

“Rudolph’s Shiny New Year”

There was an excellent one last year.I only caught the end of it. It was something like The Snowman versus…? and it was computer animated. Anyone?

A Claymation Christmas. I loved that show, but it only survived a few seasons. What happened? Am I the only one with a warped sense of humor?

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Hey Doctor Jackson, no you’re not the only one. I enjoyed that one myself.

I’m with ya on the “Miser” brothers.

I also remember a Xmas program from years ago that’s no longer shown.

It was called “J.T.,” about a black kid in some projects who wants to keep a cat that he has found.

Hands down, The Year Without a Santa Claus is one of the best, most underrated Christmas shows out there. I went for over 10 years without watching it, and every Christmas, I would look for it on TV, and never saw it. I kept asking people about it: “Hey, why dodn’t they show that one anymore, you know, the Heat Miser one?” People thought I was nuts. None of my friends remembered it. Then I saw it, I think two years ago, on the Fox Family channel. I was yelling at my husband and pointing at the TV, shouting with glee “This is it! This is the one! Look! ‘He’s Mr. Heat Miser…’”

Okay, so I like Christmas TV a little too much. :slight_smile: The Rankin/Bass stuff rocks, though!

All time greatest Christmas special ever, though, is (in my perfectly correct opinion) How the Grinch Stole Christmas. I will brook no argument on this one. The sky is blue, grass is green, and HTGSC is the best. I particularly enjoy the TNT version, with Phil Hartman as host.

Ironically enough, as ZenBeam mentioned, just after I posted this I saw an ad for “The Year Without a Santa Claus” after all these years :D. I thought it said tomorrow (Friday) night, one of the two nights, anyway, on CBS.

Yankee Blue,

Yeah, I remember The Little Drummer Boy, that’s another one I haven’t seen in a long time! I think they do still show Frosty every year.

I love all the Rankin/Bass puppet ones I can remember, there’s a few Easter ones they used to show that I haven’t seen on TV in a long time, like “Easter Bunny is Comin’ to Town!” (with Gadzooks the Bear) and another of my favorites “Here Comes Peter Cottontail”, where our hero is in some kind of easter egg contest (don’t remember the details) with an evil mechanical bunny. Mr. Cottontail loses his eggs (or something like that) and has to get on a time machine, going through the different holidays, to retrieve them. Remember those?

I just switched on the Fox Family channel, and there’s one on now that I’ve never seen–The Leprechaun’s Christmas Gold. It’s a Rankin/Bass show, so I’m watching it.

And The Year Without a Santa Claus is on tonight! Yippee!

“A Wish for Wings that Work” - starring Opus and Bill the Cat.

Do they still show it? I don’t get cable any longer.

I was wrong–it wasn’t TYWASC that was on tonight. It was Santa Claus is Coming to Town, another perennial favorite. Jack Frost was on right after. that one is kinda neat, too.

The voice of the Cossack King in Jack Frost is the same as the Burgermeister Meisterburger from SCICTT (I get tired of typing & italicizing everything). Is Maury Laws the guy that did those voices? And is there a name for that particular type of puppet animation that Rankin/Bass did?

First of all the Grinch didn’t steal Christmas. Ted Turner did. Give us the Grinch back to Free TV.

Peanuts have the best special. No one tells the true meaning of Christmas quite like Linus.

The Year Without a Santa Claus is the most underrated.

The best Chicago Christmas Special is a short called HardRock Cocoa and Joe. Next to that is Suzy Snowflake.

It’s a tie between “Rudolph” and “A Charlie Brown Christmas.”

Rudolph, with that pinched nose voice, still makes me cry.

And the scene where Schroder is playing the piano and the characters are dancing around is a hoot. I could watch Snoopy dance all night!

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I was wrong–it wasn’t TYWASC that was on tonight. It was Santa Claus is Coming to Town, another perennial favorite.

This is weird. I watched YWASC last (Thursday) night. On Channel 62, Detroit (CBS). Was SCiCtT on some other channel, or are different CBS statins showing them in different order. What channel did you see SCiCtT on, Cristi?

It is too clear, and so it is hard to see.

And I gotta figure out why those QUOTES don’t work right sometimes!

Oh, and as to the OP (finally) I like the Grinch the best. One of the worst has to be the Frosty the Snowman SEQUEL. Yuck.

It is too clear, and so it is hard to see.