|from 1987's Muppet Family Christmas|
Christmas in July 2018: Page G.
1) Name your favorite Henson's Muppet Christmas program and why.
A Muppet Family Christmas – The Muppet Show and Sesame Street characters hanging out together for Christmas is pretty festive. The Swedish Chef orders a turkey, and a yuppie turkey with his sunglasses and tennis racket shows up. Ah … the ‘80s. That always makes me laugh. And I love that Jim Henson appears at the end. That is so sentimental now.
2) Which decade produced your favorite Christmas entertainment?
I’m going to break the rules and cross decades just a bit. The late ‘60s into the ‘70s. It was such a wonderful time for variety shows, and they all did Christmas specials with gorgeous vibrant colors and decorations. Add to that, great music and there was such a feeling of family and closeness. Andy Williams, The King Family, Dean Martin, Mitzi Gaynor, Bing Crosby, Perry Como, Donny & Marie … nothing gets me in the spirit like watching these old specials.
|from The Mary Tyler Moore Show's 1974 episode "Not A Christmas Story."|
3) Imagine the entertainment behind your ideal Christmas Eve dinner. Name the appetizer, entrée, and dessert.
My ideal Christmas Eve viewing party: Appetizer: 1974 – The Mary Tyler Moore Show’s "Not a Christmas Story" - they’re snowed in, fighting with each other and have to eat Sue Ann’s Christmas dinner that she made for The Happy Homemaker’s Christmas episode. I love them sitting around in goofy hats and singing carols at the end. Entrée: Any of the Andy Williams’ Christmas Specials (but especially the late ‘60s episodes). Dessert: Let’s finish the dinner with a Santa mug of eggnog with Bob and Emily. 1972 – The Bob Newhart Show – "His Busiest Season"
4) What Christmas episode, special or movie doesn't exist--that you wish did? Describe it.
A Very Aaron Spelling Christmas – A jewel thief has robbed the Carrington mansion in Denver and then made his way to the luxury hotels of Vega$. Robert Urich as Dan Tanna chases him to Los Angeles and joins forces with Kris, Kelly, Sabrina and special guest star Farrah Fawcett as Jill to finally put the thief behind bars. In the end, Bosley dresses as Santa and passes out gifts of lip gloss and hair care products. Charlie calls in to tell them his Christmas present to them is a cruise on The Love Boat. Dan Tanna comments that Charlie sounds an awful lot like Blake Carrington. The angels flick their hair and giggle. Merry Christmas, angels!
5) If one Christmas movie, special or episode was to be selected for a time capsule to be opened in 1,000 years, which title do you think should be included?
A Charlie Brown Christmas – It reflects the best of the holidays and the best in all of us – A sense of humor, friendship, faith, pulling together … and, of course, a beagle who knows how to dance to a jazzy version of Jingle Bells.