Kevin’s Top 9 Holiday Specials

9. Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas
This special debuted on HBO in 1977. The Paul Williams’ songs are fantastic! I still think Emmet and the boys were robbed at the talent show. Thank goodness Doc Bullfrog had some sense!
8. How the Grinch Stole Christmas”
I wasn’t around when this first aired in 1966, but it’s still holds up. Boris Karloff as “The Grinch”, in one of his final roles, is PERFECT!
7. Prep & Landing
Lanny and Wayne debuted in 2009, and I’ve loved them ever since. This special really is “So Tinsel!”
6. ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas
When this came out in 1974, I was only three, and I still know all the words to “Even A Miracle Needs A Hand”.
5. A Charlie Brown Christmas
Since 1965, we’ve enjoyed Linus letting Charlie Brown, and all of us, know “what Christmas is all about…”
4. The Year Without A Santa Clause
1974 was a busy year for the Rankin/Bass folks. Not only did they do “Twas the Night Before Christmas”, but they also introduced us to those loveable Miser brothers. Plus, Shirley Booth can be my Mrs. Claus any day!
3. John Denver and The Muppets: A Christmas Together”
When this aired in 1979, we immediately got the album and never stopped playing it every Christmas. The Muppets are great, but my personal favorite is still John’s rendition of “A Baby Just Like You”.
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1. Nestor, The Long-Eared Christmas Donkey
This 1977 forgotten Christmas classic is my all time favorite. Maybe it’s Roger Miller’s narration, or the fact that Nestor’s mom makes the ultimate sacrifice to save her son from the cold, but when Nestor is chosen by Mary and Joseph to carry the unborn Christ child to Bethlehem, I dare you not to cry! “Those ears CAN do such wondrous things!”
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2. Rudolph, The Red Nosed Reindeer
It’s not Christmas without Rudolph! Since 1964 this classic has set the standard for Christmas specials. What child wouldn’t want “a cowboy who rides an ostrich!”
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