Today is Christmas, so if you celebrate, Merry/Happy Chrimmus!  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 is the chance to watch the seasonal television programs of my youth again with my kid.  We had a traditional annual viewing of ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’, ‘Frosty The Snowman’ 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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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! And a nice red uniform.


  1. Daniel Langsdale on

    Emmet Otter’s Jugband Christmas. Classic muppet work before muppets were in a self-referential spiral.

    (To see it in all its glory, make sure your version has Kermit giving narrative framing. The version on Amazon streaming right now has it, but there are versions out there that don’t because of weird rights issues between Henson, Disney, CTW, etc.)

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