If you’re of a certain age, you grew up waiting for the holiday specials to arrive. Here are four of our favorites:
A Charlie Brown Christmas
Adapted from the beloved comic strip Peanuts, written by Charles M. Shulz, A Charlie Brown Christmas debuted on CBS in December 1965. A Christmas classic the story looks at the commercialization of Christmas and in a most moving scene has Linus telling the Christmas story and “what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.”
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Rudolph first appeared in a booklet written by Robert L. May and published by Montgomery Ward in 1939. May’s brother Johnny Marks adopted the story into song which turned into a number one hit for Gene Autry. Rankin-Bass adapted the song and story into a stop-motion Christmas special in 1964.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
Based on the children’s story written by Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas! was adapted into an animated special in 1966 by Chuck Jones. The special was animated by Boris Karloff how also was the voice of the Grinch. Jim Carrey played the role of the Grinch in the 2000 film version and musical stage version is still touring.
Frosty the Snowman
In 1969 the Rankin-Bass version of Frosty the Snowman first aired featuring the voices of comedians Jimmy Durante as the narrator, Billy De Wolfe as Professor Hinkle and Jackie Vernon as Frosty.
What’s your favorite holiday special?