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Monday, July 30, 2018

Christmas in July 2018: Rick Stoneburner

from 1992's The Muppet Christmas Carol

Christmas in July 2018: Rick Stoneburner

1) Name your favorite Henson's Muppet Christmas program and why.

My favorite muppets Christmas movie is definitely A Muppets Christmas Carol. I love almost every version of Scrooge’s story. This is a fun version. I’m so happy they’ve made a come back.

2) Which decade produced the bulk of your favorite Christmas entertainment?

This is by far the hardest question for me to answer. I was born in ‘79 so the 90’s were great Home Alone and The Santa Clause. But my two all time favorites A Christmas Story and Christmas Vacation both 80’s. But I really think the 80’s Christmas commercials had a profound influence on me, so 80’s I guess.

1989's National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

3) Imagine the entertainment behind your ideal Christmas Eve dinner. Name the appetizer, entré, and dessert.

This is actually a thing for me. Appetizer-Christmas Vacation. Dinner- It’s A Wonderful Life. Dessert- A Christmas Story for 24 hours. Thank you TNT and TBS.

4) What Christmas episode, special or movie doesn't exist--that you wish did? Feel free to get creative.
I have been a fan of the music search shows since American Idol started. I would love to see Idol or the Voice do some specials. Past winners, new contestants and music superstars.

from 1965's A Charlie Brown Christmas

5) If one Christmas movie, special or episode was to be selected for a time capsule to opened in 1,000 years, which title do you think should be included?

Charlie Brown will always stand the test of time. I love the true meaning of Christmas breakdown. Something lost too much these days. I’d also have to include Christmas Vacation. It is absolutely hilarious and should be seen by everyone, even in 1000 years.


  1. I like your references, Rick, especially your singling out the 80s Christmas commercials. So cool.

  2. Yes, I agree on the Christmas commercials from the 1980s... some great stuff, still with creativity and unique characters and music.

    Great write-up!

  3. It's funny--I wanted to remark about the 80s commercials too! I regularly go back and watch the 80s Christmas commercials collected on Youtube. The surprise of seeing the commercials from 1989 on that VHS tape of A CHRISTMAS STORY that I wrote about in the book "Triple Dog Dare" was so energizing--and seeing them 12x!!--was a fun trip back in time. Good responses Rick :D