After the massive success of the documentary Won’t You Be My Neighbor, it seems everyone has become infatuated with the life and legacy of Fred Rogers, or as he is more lovingly know, Mister Rogers. With the upcoming release of the biopic A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood starring Tom Hanks, we thought this was the perfect time to reflect on Christmastime with Mister Rogers.
Christmastime with Mister Rogers was a one hour primetime special that was released in 1977 during the four year hiatus of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood on PBS.
December is a magical time for TV. Television shows take a break until the new year, but before they do – it’s time for Christmas specials! As we have mentioned before, the 90s was full of awesome sitcoms, but hilarious Christmas gems are still being produced by our favourite shows in modern times. We have picked some memorable Christmas episodes from the best comedy shows from the past decade (give or take a couple years)!
The Office: Christmas Party
Over their nine seasons The Office had some fantastic Christmas specials but our favourite is Christmas Party. In this episode Michael Scott turns the $20 limit on Secret Santa on it’s head when he buys Ryan an iPod. When Michael receives a homemade gift from Phyllis, he turns declares Secret Santa is now Yankee Swap, which causes some Christmas chaos.
When FOX announced it was going to produce A Christmas Story Live, we were very excited. We were even more excited when they announced it will be inspired by the original 1983 movie and A Christmas Story: The Musical, which opened on Broadway in 2012. And we couldn’t believe when they revealed the cast would include Matthew Broderick, Ana Gasteyer, and Ken Jeong!
A Christmas Story, which was filmed in various Ontario locations, is widely considered one of the best Christmas films of all time! Ty the Christmas guy even wrote a book about it! A Christmas Story Treasurytells the story behind the film’s unlikely success and reveals it’s humble Canadian beginnings.
As the Canadian authority of all things A Christmas Story, we have been counting the days until A Christmas Story Live! finally airs on FOX and on City in Canada.
We thought this would be the perfect time to look back on our favourite roles from the stars from A Christmas Story Live!
Maya Rudolph (playing Mother Parker)
Her time at Saturday Night Live produced some of the best sketch comedy ever, but our absolute favourite is, of course, Bridesmaids! That scene in the dress shop is unforgettable!
Santa Claus has been featured in countless Christmas specials over the years, but they are not created equal. Sometimes Santa is sugary sweet, and sometimes he is just plain strange! It’s time to celebrate the best of the best Santas in pop culture history!
Ed Asner in Elf
When Buddy the Elf decides to got to New York City to meet his real dad, Santa is one of the first to give him advice:
“Well, there are some things you should know. First off, you see gum on the street, leave it there. It isn’t free candy.”
Ed Asner plays a tough as nails Santa with a heart of gold. He is stern yet supportive, and he genuinely cares about his North Pole colleagues and friends.
It is very hard to choose a favourite Christmas movie or television special – there are so many to cherish! It is even harder to choose a favourite of the three Flintstones Christmas specials: Christmas Flintstone, A Flintstone Family Christmas, and A Flintstones Christmas Carol.
In Christmas Flintstone aka How The Flintstones Saved Christmas, Fred takes a job as a mall Santa to help pay for holiday festivities. He ends up being one of the best mall Santa’s the store has ever had, and is recruited by elves Twinky and Blinky to deliver presents around the world after the real Santa becomes ill.
Throughout the special Fred sings the song Christmas is My fav’rite Time of Year: Christmas is a lot of fun this year because I’m sittin’ in for dear old Santa Claus Here I go with his big red sleigh Sailing merrily on my way Being Santa is such fun Bringing cheer and joy to everyone
One of our favourite moments from A Flintstone Family Christmas is between Fred and Barney Rubble: Fred:You know those guys in the red suits aren’t the real Santa Claus. Barney:I wouldn’t say that Fred, he’s here, he’s there, he’s everywhere.
There have been hundreds of versions and parodies of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, but A Flintstones Christmas Carol is pretty darn good. Fred Flintstone plays Ebonezer Scrooge and Barney Rubble plays Bob Cragit.
We love Fred in this role because it reminds us that even those with the biggest hearts can get grumpy at Christmas, it is a wonderful season to reconcile with friends and family.
Do you have someone on your list who loves The Flintstones? Well, here are some gift ideas for yabba dabba you!
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