Monday, December 12, 2011

Monday Movie Blog-Favorite Annual Television Christmas Specials

Welcome to the Monday Movie Blog on Chief 187™Chatter. Somehow , no matter how much Christmas is about home, family, charity, Christ, food, music and gifts, I cannot divorce myself from taking cues about the holiday from television. From my earliest days Christmas stayed emblazoned in my memory from the annual specials I used to watch. I learned about Santa Claus’ life, the true meaning of Christmas, and how Santa made it through horrendous weather conditions. My Christmas education was solidified on my television; I was loyal to the schedule when the specials aired and never missed them as there were no videos/DVDs/BluRays to pop in if the airdate was missed. As a child of pop culture, a student of Christmas, and a lover of Rankin/Bass, there is no question why I am a Christmas fanatic!

This week’s undeniable focus is annual Christmas television specials. These are the programs that aired once a year throughout the Christmas Season. Most, albeit not all, were created by the team of Rankin/Bass. There were many that populated the airwaves; some are nearly forgotten while others are superstars in the genre. Please list any and all that made an impression on you including a brief description of the special and why you loved it so.

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  1. The fun( and challenge) of trying to see the once a year parade of Christmas specials in the days of three channels on the tv with the family took the word specials to another level ! I too grew up with Rudolph, the Grinch and the Peanuts gang with Merry Christmas Charlie Brown reminding all of the meaning of Christmas and giving. The classic black & white version of Dickens A Christmas Carol fills me with anticipation to this day of selfish stingy & harsh turned kind generous and giving these are our best attributes so I hope to show this and see it in abundance during this holiday season and the new year. Merry Christmas to all!

  2. Rudolph! The Grinch! Charlie Brown! Laurel & Hardy! Now, does anyone remember Alice in Wonderland (in black & white)? Been trying to find it for years...