December is a month with many charms for me, containing as it does multiple holidays, my birthday and the birthdays of like 20% of the people I know.  (For some reason, I know like five people born on Christmas Eve.  It’s a little bit weird, to be honest.)  One of the greatest of those charms is the chance to watch the seasonal television programs of my youth again, as I’ve always loved the ideal of the Holiday Special presentations.  I have always enjoyed the annual viewing of ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’, ‘Frosty The Snowman’ (but NEVER ‘Frosty Returns’, because that thing is a nightmare), and the stop-motion wonder of ‘Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer.’  Where some people love Christmas music, my December is defined by Mister Snow-Miser, The Grinch stealing, and that one episode where The Monkees teach Eddie Munster all about the power of the season, leading to today’s one-horse open query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) was quite happy to find ‘Rudolph’s Shiny New Year’ returning to TV occasionally, because for some years I thought it was a fever dream of mine, asking: What’s your favorite holiday special of them all?

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Matthew Peterson

Matthew Peterson

Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture!

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  1. Russell Catt
    December 21, 2015 at 12:26 pm — Reply

    Charlie Brown is a perennial favourite.
    I also have a copy of the He-Man christmas special and that’s always worth a laugh.

    • December 21, 2015 at 12:32 pm — Reply

      I’ve been wanting to see that He-Man special again for years. I only have the vaguest memory of watching it as a kid, but haven’t seen it again in at LEAST 20 – 25 years.

  2. December 21, 2015 at 12:31 pm — Reply

    Emmett Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas and A Muppet Family Christmas tie for the top spot for me. They are pretty silly, but they can instantly transport me from being an adult to being a 5 year old who is excited for Christmas and Santa and all of that stuff.

    For Christmas episodes of TV shows, I’m really fond of the second Eureka Christmas episode “Do You See What I See?” where they turn into various forms of animation.

  3. Dan Langsdale
    December 21, 2015 at 2:12 pm — Reply

    Add another one for Emmett Otter, with the caveat that the real version for me is the pre-Disney one that actually has Kermit. I think that Paul Williams reflects a goodly portion of the music of my childhood.

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