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I don't know if this topic has been done before. I"m not asking about Christmas specials like "The Grinch..." or "A Charlie Brown Christmas," I mean episodes of favorite television series. I have so many but right up at the top has to be the Andy Griffith holiday episode titled, "Christmas Story," which aired on December 19, 1960.  This is the one where Scrooge-ish store owner, Ben Weaver, demands that Andy lock-up moonshiner, Sam Muggins, on Christmas Eve. Andy then hatches a plan to arrest Sam's wife and kids on conspiracy charges so they can spend Christmas with him in the jail. Then he brings Aunt Bee, Opie, Ellie, and Barney (who plays Santa) into the courthouse for a Christmas party. Ben’s heart is finally melted and he wants to be part of the festivities, so he tries to get himself arrested too… I won’t be a spoiler and tell the end, just in case someone hasn’t seen it.

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Tommy

Really like the Andy Griffith Christmas show!  My most favorite is A Cannonball Christmas from the tv show Petticoat Junction.  This Christmas show was first done in black and white and later, when the show went to color, it was rewritten slightly.  These are the only Christmas shows of the entire show's run.  I have the original b&w episode on DVD and watch it several times a year, not just at Christmas!  

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Drosselmeyer

gotta love Barney and Andy Griffith !

But I tend to be partial to the Lone Ranger - so if I gotta choose I will go with the Christmas episode where Clayton Moore dresses up as his old prospector character to find Ben Talbot and reunite him with his family on Christmas.  

"All they want is you Ben, did ya ever think of that?  By the time you find what you are lookin' for that boy of yours will be all growed up.  Best part of having kids is watching them grow - develop into something you can be proud of.  Too bad if you miss that."

 

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SCSanta

Happy Days..."Guess Who's Coming to Christmas"

I particularly like Fonzie's very simple version of saying grace at the final scene...

 

 

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Drosselmeyer
34 minutes ago, SCSanta said:

Happy Days..."Guess Who's Coming to Christmas"

I particularly like Fonzie's very simple version of saying grace at the final scene...

Wow - don't think I have seen this - thank you - I sure miss the days when good family values and prayer were not so controversial and were allowed to be a part of regular TV - like you shared Fonzie's simple prayer is pretty dramatic and powerful - that in itself is a great message !!

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Black River Santa
2 hours ago, Tommy said:

Really like the Andy Griffith Christmas show!  My most favorite is A Cannonball Christmas from the tv show Petticoat Junction.  This Christmas show was first done in black and white and later, when the show went to color, it was rewritten slightly.  These are the only Christmas shows of the entire show's run.  I have the original b&w episode on DVD and watch it several times a year, not just at Christmas!  

Loved Petticoat Junction! Edgar Buchanan was great as Uncle Joe.

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Black River Santa
1 hour ago, SCSanta said:

Happy Days..."Guess Who's Coming to Christmas"

I particularly like Fonzie's very simple version of saying grace at the final scene...

 

I almost forgot about this one. Definitely one of the best Happy Days episodes! I will be watching for this at Christmas.

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Black River Santa
2 hours ago, Drosselmeyer said:

gotta love Barney and Andy Griffith !

But I tend to be partial to the Lone Ranger - so if I gotta choose I will go with the Christmas episode where Clayton Moore dresses up as his old prospector character to find Ben Talbot and reunite him with his family on Christmas.  

I still get excited every time I hear the William Tell Overture! 

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TamaleClaus

Amazing how sometimes the basic simple prayer or message is the most affective.  Another example of this is the song Silent Night.  Instead of an big elaborate Christmas cantata, the organ was broken and the music director was lost.  The only instrument was a guitar and thus Silent Night was born.  I may have some of the facts slightly off, but we are supposed to have a child like faith, so simple.

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Schwindy
2 hours ago, SCSanta said:

Happy Days..."Guess Who's Coming to Christmas"

I particularly like Fonzie's very simple version of saying grace at the final scene...

 

 

Patrick! LOVED IT as I watched it for a second or third time ...... maybe even four or five now. BUT most recently absolutely NOT ....... Not in today's crazy times & Days. They'd (Hollywood) or so it seems ......... They would never allow such things to be said! So very nice to have seen it again and NOT @ Christmas time!

And I'm surprised they ended it that way instead of a "Nicely said Arthur!" Because though simple, so right on the button!

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Santa Johnny Boy

For me, it's Twiilght Zone "Night of the Meek", first aired December 23rd, 1960. Wonderfully nostalgic.

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3 hours ago, Santa Johnny Boy said:

For me, it's Twiilght Zone "Night of the Meek", first aired December 23rd, 1960. Wonderfully nostalgic.

Another great one - love Art Carney!

"A word to the wise to all the children of the twentieth century, whether their concern be pediatrics or geriatrics, whether they crawl on hands and knees and wear diapers or walk with a cane and comb their beards. There's a wondrous magic to Christmas, and there's a special power reserved for little people. In short, there's nothing mightier than the meek, and a merry Christmas to each and all." Closing Narration by Rod Serling

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Drosselmeyer

this topic got me thinking - had to go on YouTube and find the Red Green Christmas special - uploaded it to the video library

This show was so ridiculous - the characters were all so unique and absurd - this was the first Christmas show of the series - including how to make a sleigh out of a K-car, how Santa is an average normal guy, what Harold hates more than fruitcake, and Edgar Montrose demonstrates using his Holiday Howitzer Special to decorate a tree - if that doesn't scream Merry Christmas, what does??  :sc_rofl:

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23 minutes ago, Drosselmeyer said:

this topic got me thinking - had to go on YouTube and find the Red Green Christmas special - uploaded it to the video library

This show was so ridiculous - the characters were all so unique and absurd - this was the first Christmas show of the series - including how to make a sleigh out of a K-car, how Santa is an average normal guy, what Harold hates more than fruitcake, and Edgar Montrose demonstrates using his Holiday Howitzer Special to decorate a tree - if that doesn't scream Merry Christmas, what does??  :sc_rofl:

Thank You that!  This is hilarious!

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Michael Rielly

Twilight Zone: The Night of the Meek

You can watch the full episode here:

 

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1 hour ago, Drosselmeyer said:

this topic got me thinking - had to go on YouTube and find the Red Green Christmas special - uploaded it to the video library

This show was so ridiculous - the characters were all so unique and absurd - this was the first Christmas show of the series - including how to make a sleigh out of a K-car, how Santa is an average normal guy, what Harold hates more than fruitcake, and Edgar Montrose demonstrates using his Holiday Howitzer Special to decorate a tree - if that doesn't scream Merry Christmas, what does??  :sc_rofl:

And remember, if the women don't find you handsome, they should at least find you handy!

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Drosselmeyer

One of my staff was ordering breakfast today - and asked if I wanted anything - somewhere from the dustbins of my brain I said I would like a Faloopnik - you know, the traditional Lutonian Christmas breakfast of eggs wrapped in cabbage leaves - which of course takes me back to the old SCTV Christmas specials.....

                  "and then we put the hat on the tree - we don't know why we do that...."

 

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Santa Hip

One of my favorite's  is  

 

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Drosselmeyer
Posted (edited)

Can't forget Mr. Beans Christmas  . . . 

     a T-Rex is not supposed to be that funny, and I am pretty sure that is @Santa Bruce Geron conductin the street musicians. . . . . 

 

Edited by Drosselmeyer
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