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AJ's Top 10 Christmas TV Specials
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On this day, December 6th, 1964, the classic holiday TV special "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer" first aired on NBC. 

 

1) RUDOLPH THE RED NOSED REINDEER ( 1964 ):  Originally made fun of and rejected by the other reindeer, Rudolph befriends an elf that wants to be a dentist. Together, they not only discover the abominable snowman, but an entire island filled with rejected toys. 

 

2) FROSTY THE SNOWMAN ( 1969 ): There must have been some magic in that ‘ol silk hat they found, for when they placed it on his head he began to dance around! Everybody knows this tune, and for good reason, Frosty’s special just as synonymous with Christmas as the snow he’s made from.

 

3) SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN ( 1970 ): In this stop-motion classic, a mailman decides to find the answers to the most common questions about jolly old Saint Nick. As a result, his journey to the North Pole reveals the origins of Santa Clause, including how the gift giver managed to melt the heart of an evil wizard named Winter.

4) DR. SUESS: HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS (1966 ): The tale of a grumpy monster that can’t stand the happiness of others. Disguising himself as Santa Clause, he steals the presents from the town of Whoville. However, he soon discovers that that cheer doesn’t come from from gifts, but the company of others.

 

5) A MUPPET FAMILY CHRISTMAS ( 1987 ): Including all of the characters from all four major Henson-produced Muppet Franchises, this special saw the casts of The Muppet Show, Sesame Street, Fraggle Rock and Muppet Babies unite at Fozzie Bear’s mom’s house in the forest to wild festivities.

 

6) A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS ( 1965 ): Debuting in 1965, this once Coca-Cola sponsored program has remained a festive staple of the holidays. Ironically, despite its origins in advertising, the special is focused on Charlie Brown’s disgust of commercialism, and attempts to find the true meaning of Christmas. 

 

7) THE YEAR WITHOUT A SANTA CLAUS ( 1974 ): Two elves that went out to to find children in order to convince Santa to keep on trucking. Instead, they ended up encountering with the Heat and Snow Misers, resulting in Southtown, USA, getting an unexpected white Christmas.  

8) MR. MAGOO: A CHRISTMAS CAROL (1962 ): There have been countless adaptations of the Charles Dickens classic tale, includes all of our favorite characters, and fittingly showcases Mr. Magoo in the role of Ebeneezer Scrooge. 

 

9) THE LITTLE DRUMMER BOY ( 1968): This story tells the story of a pessimistic young shepherd whose life is changed when he learns to play the drum. He then meets the Three Wise Men on their way to Bethlehem. Accompanied them with his animal companions, the drummer boy plays for the Baby Jesus, since he has “no gift to bring."

 

10) T'WAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS ( 1974 ): Another hand-drawn Rankin/Bass special, this one brings to vivid life all the events of the beloved Clement Clark Moore poem about a typical visit from Santa.

 

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