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Monday, July 21, 2014

Christmas TV Party 2014: Juniper Sage

Christmas TV Party 2014: Juniper Sage

1) What is the first Christmas special you remember watching?
Raggedy Ann and Andy in The Great Santa Claus Caper.  I am sure I didn't watch this the year it came out but it must not have been too much later than 1978.

2) Name one Christmas program/movie you enjoy watching all year round.
The Nightmare Before Christmas - partially because it has all of the other holidays in it as well as Christmas.

3) Name one overlooked, or under-appreciated Christmas program.
Emmet Otter's Jug-band Christmas - much loved by those that grew up with it but not known by younger generations at all.

4) Send us to 3 places on the internet.
Muppet Wiki - http://muppet.wikia.com/wiki/Muppet_Wiki
Flooby Nooby - http://floobynooby.blogspot.com/
Cartoon Brew - http://www.cartoonbrew.com/

"Penny's Christmas" on Good Times.
5) What are your 3 favorite Christmas episodes of a TV sitcom or drama?
Good Times - Penny's Christmas, although this is the 'jump the shark season' for me, I still love Janet Jackson's addition to the cast and her relationship with Willona and J.J.
Little House on the Prairie - Blizzard, I didn't love the show as much as the books but I do like this episode in particular
The Twilight Zone - Night of the Meek, this has become a favorite from the all day New Year's showings of The Twilight Zone


  1. Thanks for the reminder about Raggedy Ann and Andy in the Great Santa Claus Caper--that Chuck Jones animation is a classic!

  2. Not too many people know about The Great Santa Claus Caper. I grew up watching The Pumpkin Who Couldn't Smile and one day found a VHS with both specials on it. Nightmare Before Christmas is quickly becoming a classic and Emmet Otter's Jugband Christmas is one of my all-time favorites. I wish more people knew about it too, but sadly, due to copyright issues over Kermit, it's never even been released in it's unedited form.

  3. I want to say I have seen the Raggedy Ann and Andy special, too, but unsure. Seems so familiar. Love Emmett Otter, too!

  4. Intriguing choices. Emmet Otter's Jugband Christmas is a classic!