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Santa Claus Is Coming to Town

Few holiday specials are as well remembered and beloved as the collection of stop-animation offerings from Rankin/Bass Productions that originated in the 60s and 70s. Today, we look back at the 1970 classic, Santa Claus Is Coming to Town, a charming tale that taught many of us the evolution of the big jolly guy in the red suit. Continue reading...

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Miracle on 34th Street

For anyone, young or old, who ever doubted the existence of Santa Claus, those doubts were summarily laid to rest in the immortal 1947 holiday classic, Miracle on 34th Street. Only the most jaded scrooge could have a heart impervious to the charm that has made this a tradition holiday favorite ever since its original release. Continue reading...

Candy Canes

Candy Canes

They are the quintessential Christmas confection, a traditional treat beloved the world over. One glimpse of their prominent red and white stripes is all it takes to recognize them as candy canes, the sweet that has put kids in the holiday spirit for well over three hundred years. Continue reading...

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Ask any random group of people what their favorite holiday television show is and you will get more than a few votes for How The Grinch Stole Christmas. Based on a children’s book written in 1957 by Theodor Geisel (better known as Dr. Seuss), his characters were brought to life (in animated form) on television for the first time during the 1966 holiday. Over 40 years later, there are no signs of diminished popularity. Continue reading...

Christmas Caroling

Christmas Caroling

What we talk about when we talk about caroling -- a small group of festive singers moving door-to-door in the neighborhood regaling residents with holiday songs -- is actually the practice of wassailing, which has a history dating back to pre-Christian times. Carols, which are sung by people when they go wassailing, were originally circle dance songs associated with religious mystery plays. Continue reading...

The Little Drummer Boy

The Little Drummer Boy

From the Production Company of Rankin/Bass, creators of such timeless holiday classics as Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Frosty the Snowman, came another beloved stop-action animation offering for the Christmas season – The Little Drummer Boy. And, like most of their seasonal offerings, it is fondly remembered by many who still make it part of their annual viewing tradition. Continue reading...

Home Alone

Home Alone

When it came right down to it, Kevin McCallister had a few more sadistic tendencies than your average kid. And it turns out, we rather like that in a young hero, especially during the season of giving. Make no mistake, Kevin had plenty to give, in the way of bowling balls, staple guns and blow torches – all in the name of protecting his beloved family home. His entertaining antics and precocious demeanor won the hearts of the millions who made 1990’s Home Alone one of the most successful movies of all time. Continue reading...

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The Nightmare Before Christmas

The residents in the town of Halloween take delight in fright. Each creepy and ugly, they aren’t malicious; scaring is just part of their job - in the delightful 1993 holiday offering by director (and former Disney animator) Tim Burton - The Nightmare Before Christmas. In this merging of two beloved holidays, Burton brought his delightfully macabre story to life with the utilization of stop-motion animation and a wonderful musical score by composer Danny Elfman. The result was a film that quickly became a must-see during every holiday season. Continue reading...