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Must Watch Christmas Specials to Get You In The Holiday Spirit

I don’t know about the rest of you, but one of my absolute favorite parts of Christmas is all of the amazing Christmas specials. Every time I watch one of these classics, it brings me back to my childhood. The classics and the more modern shows always bring a little warmth to my heart and make me even more excited for all of the fun Christmas activities to come. All of these specials really put me in the Christmas spirit and get me so excited for all the holiday fun that is on the way. So, grab your hot cocoa, a fresh from the oven chocolate chip cookie, Christmas pj’s, your favorite blanket, and enjoy these specials.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964)

Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer, is always a classic. It was the first stop motion animation. It brings us the adorable Rudolph, the island of misfit toys, and a slightly mean skinny Santa. Along with classic lines like “Bumbles Bounce” You can watch this beloved classic on December 13 at 8 pm on CBS

The Year Without Santa Clause (1974)

How can you not love A year without a Santa Clause? I always look forward to the Heat Miser and Snow Miser’s musical numbers. In this, Mrs. Clause takes Christmas into her own hands when Santa feels too under the weather for Christmas this year. This special will restore the Christmas spirit in anyone doubting the season’s magic. Freeform and AMC is airing this special throughout December.  

Santa Clause is Coming to Town (1970)

This is one of my favorite Christmas specials. any questions you have about Santa will be answered in this. In this, we get to see how Santa was raised and his kind heart from beginning to end. And how he brought joy and happiness to the sad world of Sombertown. We also get to see Santa fall in love and build his toy-making castle. Freeform and AMC are also airing this special all throughout the month of December.   

How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966)

The original cartoon Grinch is so cute and heart-warming, or heart growing. This thirty-minute special defiantly gives Jim Carry a run for his money. In this, we see the animosity The Grinch has towards the Who’s; so, he decides to steal their Christmas right down to the last can of who hash. But when he sees the Who’s are still grateful to be together, we get the tear-jerking scene of his heart growing three sizes.

Mickeys Christmas Carrol (1983)

Mickey’s Christmas Carol has one of the sweetest endings of any Christmas Carrol remake there is. Mickey mouse plays Bob Cratchit, Goofy as Jacob Marley, Uncle Scrooge as Ebenezer Scrooge, and many other beloved Disney characters. Uncle Scrooge goes on a journey throughout his life with three ghosts. By the end, he is so grateful to be alive he ends up making Cratchit his partner at the counting-house and showers his family with toys, gifts, and food. Fun fact, Christmas historians say that Mickey’s Christmas Carol is the most accurate and closest to the original book. You can stream this on Disney+.  

Mickey’s Once and Twice Upon a Christmas (1999 & 2004)

Another great Mickey Christmas special is Mickey’s Once and Twice Upon A Christmas. Between these two one-hour specials we get eight Christmas specials filled with Mickey and his Pal’s. in the first special we get three stories reminding us of the importance of family. Donald Duck and his nephews get stuck in a groundhog type universe where the nephews relive Christmas day over and over again. In the second story, Goofy goes above and beyond to prove to his son Max that Santa is real. In the third we see Minnie and Mickey create the Gift of the Maji. In the second movie we see five short stories, some of the stories include Minnie and Daisey in a fierce competition. Huey Dewey and Louis sneak to the North pole and try to remove themselves from the naughty list. Mickey gets mad at Pluto when he destroys his Christmas decorations, Pluto runs ways to the North Pole and is returned by Santa. You can stream both of these on Disney+ as well.

A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)

Is it really Christmas without Charlie Brown? No! this beloved classic shows the forever mopey Charlie Brown struggling with the joys of the Christmas season. He tries to bring Christmas back to the original meaning of love and pull away from the commercial Christmas that exists today. People lost their minds when Apple Tv+ pulled all Charlie Brown holiday specials from airing on Tv so, PBS is airing this special on December 13 at 7:30.

Frosty the Snowman (1969)

If you love the song, you’ll love the Christmas special; you may be singing Frosty the Snowman for the rest of the season, though. In this, we see how magic and the Christmas spirit bring this snowman to life. Frosty’s existence is put into jeopardy when the magician, whose hat Frosty is wearing, tries to steal it back. Taking the hat back would make frosty just a regular snowman. Frosty’s life is also put in danger when the temperature starts to rise, and he begins to melt. One little girl goes on a Journey with Frosty to get him to the North Pole where he’ll never melt. You can watch the original Frosty the Snowman on Freeform on December 5, 6, 19, 20, 24, and 25th.

Olaf’s Frozen Adventure (2017)

Olaf’s Frozen Adventure follows Olaf around the kingdom of Ariandel in search of Christmas traditions for Anna and Elsa after they realize they don’t have any traditions of their own. Olaf collects dozens of traditions, but sadly they all burn up when he’s on his way home. In the meantime, Anna and Elsa realize they do have a tradition of their own, and it’s Olaf. You can stream this adorable special on Disney +.

Jacqueline is a senior at West Chester University, located in West Chester, Pennsylvania. She is working towards her Bachelor of Arts degree in Media Culture studies, with a Strategic Communication Concentration. Jacqueline is also working towards her minor in creative writing. In her future, Jacqueline hopes to write a book and find a career where she can pursue her passion for writing and creativity.
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