22 December 2014

Blogmas Day 22: Top Three Christmas Specials

Now that our decorations and tree are (finally!) up, my family and I have been listening to more of our Christmas albums and watching more Christmas movies and specials. I've already shared my top three Christmas feature-length films, so today I thought I'd share my favorite made-for-television specials. In reverse order they are:

3. Winnie the Pooh and Christmas Too

The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh was my favorite T.V. show when I was little, so of course this was my first favorite Christmas special. The wacky antics and impressively witty humor of the regular episodes are present here as well, along with a surprising degree of poignancy towards the end. 

2. Angelina Ballerina: The Show Must Go On (Christmas in Mouseland)

This impressively-titled special  is a relative newcomer to my holiday viewing rotation, but I've come to love it. It's the Christmas episode of a British adaptation of one of my favorite childhood picture book series, and I originally tuned into the show even though I was technically outside of its target audience out of nostalgia. But Angelina Ballerina is not your typical treacly children's program, and this special has a song based on a quote about Lord Byron to prove it. Plus, Dame Judi Dench performs the voice of Miss Lily.

1. A Muppet Family Christmas

The Muppets kind of are Christmas to me, as evidenced by Muppet media topping my favorite films, specials, and music for the season. This particular special really ups the ante in both Muppet-ness and Christmas-ness, as it features pretty much every Jim Henson character ever made and culminates in an enormous Muppet carol sing. It's funny, heartwarming, and at times a bit bizarre--just what the Muppets do best.

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