Wednesday, January 18, 2017

10 of the Best Top Classic Christmas TV Specials

There are many things that signal the beginning of the holiday season, but the one many people look forward to is the airing of Christmas TV specials! Many Christmas TV specials have come and gone, but there are some that have endured for nearly half a century. Here, in no particular order, are some of the best Christmas TV specials.

1. “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” This one is arguably the best of the Christmas TV specials. The story of how Rudolph is at first shunned by the other reindeer, runs away, and becomes the hero of a snowy Christmas is beloved by many. It first aired in 1964 and is shown on CBS every year.

2. “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” Based on the famous Dr. Seuss book, this Christmas TV special cleverly satirizes the commercialization of the holidays. How the Grinch tries to prevent Christmas from coming, and then realizes “Christmas doesn’t come from a store…maybe Christmas means a little bit more” has been part of the Christmas TV special lineup since 1966. It airs on TBS and the Cartoon Network.

3. “The Year Without A Santa Claus.” In this Christmas TV special, Santa threatens to take a holiday from delivering gifts, because he thinks no one cares about him anymore. It takes the intervention of Mother Nature to convince Snow Miser and Heat Miser to work out a compromise to allow a change in the weather in each other’s territory, thus convincing the mayor of (fictional) Southtown that Santa really has magic elves! This Christmas TV special has been around since 1974, and is seen every year as part of the ABC Family Channel’s “25 Days of Christmas.”

4. “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town.” This Christmas TV special traces the story of Kris Kringle from babyhood to being raised by the Kringle elf family to eventually being known as Santa Claus. Along the way, he encounters the Burgermeister Meisterburger, the Winter Warlock (whom he eventually befriends by giving him his very own choo-choo train), and meets his eventual wife, Miss Jessica the Sombertown schoolteacher. This sweet Christmas TV special first aired in 1970, and is still seen on the ABC Family Channel.

5. “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” In this classic Christmas TV special, Charlie Brown is searching for the true meaning of Christmas, which he hopes to find by directing a Christmas play. He decides a Christmas tree is needed to help set the mood. So he and Linus go off in search of a tree, and come back with the only living tree they could find, little more than a twig! However, with decorations and a “little love,” the tree becomes beautiful. This Christmas TV special debuted in 1965 and is still seen on ABC.

6. “Frosty the Snowman.” Based on a 1950 Gene Autry song, this Christmas TV special tells the story of how Frosty came to life with the aid of a magic hat, which its magician owner goes to great lengths to recover. It has aired since 1969 and can be seen on CBS.

7. “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.” In this Christmas TV special, the town of Junctionville learns Santa won’t accept their letters or pay them a Christmas visit. An enterprising clockmaker comes up with a way to make Santa change his mind. Sadly, his clock is ruined by a brainy mouse, which repairs it in the nick of time. This Christmas TV special is loosely based on the Clement Moore poem and has aired since 1974. It’s part of ABC Family’s “25 Days of Christmas.”

8. “The Little Drummer Boy.” This 1968 Christmas TV special takes its inspiration from the Christmas carol of the same name. It tells the story of an orphaned drummer boy who, with his faithful animal companions, plays his drum for the Baby Jesus, because he “has no gift to bring.” It airs on the ABC Family Channel.

9. “A Garfield Christmas Special.” This Christmas TV special first aired in 1987. Garfield, Odie and Jon spend Christmas on Jon’s family farm. We see a different side of Garfield when he receives a homemade back scratcher from Odie and in his friendship with Jon’s grandmother. Watch it on the ABC Family Channel.

10. “Nestor, the Long-Eared Christmas Donkey.” This Christmas TV special is set at the time of the birth of Christ. Nestor the donkey is ostracized because of his very long ears. A cherub appears to him, telling him he must go to Bethlehem. He ends up transporting Mary and Joseph to the stable where the Baby Jesus is born. This 1977 Christmas TV special can be seen on ABC Family.

Enjoy the holidays, and these classic Christmas TV specials!

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