Essential Seven Must See Christmas Specials

Every year I look forward to watching all of the great Christmas specials on TV. It’s tradition at this point. Every year new Christmas specials are created. Most of them come and go never to be seen again. He-Man and She-Ra’s Christmas special comes to mind. A few have become iconic or essential. That is why in celebration of Christmas we list the Essential Seven Must See Christmas Specials.

7) A Garfield Christmas

The Garfield Christmas special is amazing because of one reason, Jon and his older brother Doc Boy. Their parents still treat them like they are little kids. In fact Doc Boy still lives at home and wears rabbit pajamas. In the middle of the night they ask their parents if they can open Christmas presents. Fascinating.

6) Christmas Eve on Sesame Street

Christmas Eve on Sesame Street was a great Christmas special well before Elmo ruined Sesame Street. The special had three different story lines. The main story involved Big Bird afraid that Santa won’t know be able to deliver presents because the buildings don’t have chimneys.  The second story involved Bert and Ernie in a retelling of the O. Henry story “The Gift of the Magi”. The third, and best story-line, involves Cookie Monster attempting to contact Santa Claus, but can’t stop eating all the communication devices.

5) How the Grinch Stole Christmas

I have never been a big fan of Dr. Seuss, but I can’t deny that How the Grinch Stole Christmas is an essential Christmas special that needs to be watched.  Don’t be confused and think that the film version will satisfy your Dr. Seuss needs. Watching the film will remind you when Jim Carrey used to be funny and talked with his ass.

4) Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas

Emmet and his mom are bummed that they lost the talent show. Obviously they underestimated The Nightmare’s awesome metal abilities!

3) Santa Claus is Coming to Town

The origin of Santa Claus is explored in the Rankin / Bass Christmas special. Kris Kringle is a stranded baby taken in by the elves and penguins. Meanwhile the Burgermeister forbids any of his town members at having any fun.

2) Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

I love Rudolph, but over the years I have began to notice how wrong the special is. I can understand that the reindeer fear Ruldoph’s nose. That is the point of the story. Santa Claus has no excuse. He immediately dismisses Rudolph from every flying his sleigh because his nose is red. He criticizes the elves singing. He won’t even get fat! Then the King of the misfit toys can’t see how wrong it is to reject Rudolph and Hermey. The special is full of discrimination, but is still enjoyable to watch.

1) Charlie Brown Christmas

The essential, can’t miss, Christmas special is A Charlie Brown Christmas. The first Peanuts cartoon features has Charlie Brown searching for the true meaning of the holiday. I can’t believe that Christmas was very commercialized in 1965. Especially compared to today.

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