Five Classic Old School Christmas TV Specials

    December 24, 2010 at 6:00 am

    I’m not sure how many of you are in the office right now staring at that clock.  Hopefully most of your bosses are letting you leave early so you can spend some time with your families this Christmas.   I feel for those of you getting ready to take a crowded train or sit in the neverending traffic that this holiday will bring.

    But be comforted in the fact that a warm fire might be waiting for you and the inevitable long list of TV programs you’ll be able to watch.  Many of you are too young to have seen these particular specials but we’ve gathered up five classic that you might want to look up…..

    Rocky Mountain Christmas – Late 70s

    This aired in the late 70’s and was a John Denver show called Rocky Mountain Christmas.  It featured Steve Martin and Valerie Harper as guest stars and was filmed under a huge clear plastic dome set in the snow covered Rocky Mountains of Colorado.  They had all kinds of green plants and butterflies inside the dome while outside it was cold and snowy.  Manu had hoped that one of the video companies would release it after Denver’s death, but it unfortunately never happened

    CBS Network Greeting From the Early 70s

    This is a wonderful animated CBS Network Christmas Greeting from the early seventies – do you remember it?  It ran for a couple of years and a sequel was produced in 1974.  Do you think  a network would give over 60 seconds of ad time for this  holiday greeting today? Probably not but this was a solid video.  Simple, but good.

    Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella on NBC in 1965

    We’re not 100% sure of this but it may have been the only Rodgers and Hammerstein production developed especially for television.  It starred Leslie Ann Warren as Cinderella.  Can you remember the songs “In My Own Little Corner” and “Ten Minutes Ago?”

    Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer – 1964

    Who can ever forget this classic stop motion masterpiece?  To this day I still watch it during the holidays.  I’ll never get enough of that abominable snowman.

    The Spirit of Christmas – 1950

    This is the version of  Twas The Night Before Christmas which was produced by Bell Systems, the old telephone monopoly, starring the Mabel Beaton marionettes.   Now I would say 100% of the people reading this probably weren’t even born yet.  Still though, it’s a classic.

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