My family and I love to watch holiday programming. Actually, I think my husband and I get into it more than the kids do. We’ll skim through the channels and bookmark all the holiday shows we want to watch.
I won’t even get started on our holiday movie collection. Wow! We must have about 3 dozen (if not more!) movies and holiday episodes on DVD and Blu-ray. Believe it or not we watch pretty much all of them every year too.
There are some holiday movies and special I wish we could get on DVD or Blu-ray. We have a few that are not available anywhere. My husband taped them off the TV back in the 80’s. The only copies we have are on VHS tapes. My husband has since burned them on to DVDs so we’re still able to watch them.
Some of the holiday shows we MUST watch year after year are from Rankin Bass. It’s not Christmas without watching Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer, Year Without Santa Claus, Little Drummer Boy, Santa Claus is Coming to Town and Frosty. Rankin Bass actually has several other holiday specials that are not often shown on TV. Those titles include The Little Drummer Boy Book II, Pinoccio’s Christmas, The Leprechauns Christmas Gold and The Stingiest Man in Town. These titles are now available on DVD from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.
Rankin/Bass TV Holiday Favorites Collection – Four family classics from the studio that helped make the holidays magic! The Little Drummer Boy Book II: Starting where the original left off, Book II sends Aaron, the little drummer boy, off on a quest to aid Simeon, crafter of the silver bells. With Greer Garson and Zero Mostel.
The Stingiest Man in Town: Rankin/Bass departs from its usual stop-motion “Animagic” process for this line animation adaptation of Dicken’s A Christmas Carol. With Walter Matthau, and Tom Bosley.
Pinocchio’s Christmas: After Fox tricks him out of a gift for Geppetto, Pinocchio sets out on an adventure to reclaim Christmas. Along the way he meets up with a beautiful marionette and a jolly old man in a flying sleigh. With Alan King.
The Leprechaun’s Christmas Gold: A sailor and a leprechaun join forces to reclaim the Christmas gold after a wailing banshee makes off with it, thanks to the sailor’s blunder. With Art Carney and Peggy Cass.
Another classic we watch year after year is The Flintstones Christmas (the 1/2 one that was actually an episode). It’s the episode where Fred Flintstone helped cover for Santa at the department store when he had a cold.
The Flintstones are not the only Hanna-Barbera cartoons to have holiday episodes. Many of them are also available on DVD.
Hanna-Barbera Christmas Classics Collection – A dog and a mouse head for the North Pole to deliver a lost letter. Hanna-Barbera superstars lend a helping hand to the world’s friendliest ghost. The greediest boy in the world discovers the magic of giving. What could three such different tales have in common? Hanna-Barbera and Santa Claus, that’s what! Hanna-Barbera assembled its mightiest talents of pen and voice to produce one of its first forays into prime-time animated Christmas specials, A Christmas Story, the tale of Goober and Gumdrop’s quest to save Christmas for one little boy. Dick Van Dyke narrates The Town Santa Forgot, based on Charmaine Severson’s beloved poem “Jeremy Creek” about the confusion created by a gargantuan wish list. Casper’s First Christmas sees Casper facing a Christmas Eve eviction when he receives holiday help from the likes of Yogi Bear, Boo-Boo, Huckleberry Hound, Snagglepuss, Quick Draw McGraw, Augie Doggie and Doggie Daddy. This collection includes: A Christmas Story (1971), The Town Santa Forgot (1993), Casper’s First Christmas (1979).
This title is also available from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. In fact you can pick up both DVD collections at the Warner Bros. online store, www.WBShop.com. You can find the titles directly at these links – Hanna-Barbera: Christmas Classics Collection (http://bit.ly/HBXmasClassics) and Rankin Bass: TV Holiday Favorites Collection (http://bit.ly/RankinBassHoliday).
I have copies of each DVD collection to give to a lucky reader, compliments of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. One winner will receive BOTH DVDs.
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