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10 Retro Holiday Specials That Every Baby Boomer Must Watch Before Christmas

Christmas specials have always been a special part of the holidays in our household. Growing up, we would look through the TV guide to be sure that we wouldn't miss a single episode of our favorite Christmas shows.

Even though some of these yuletide classics were made as in the 60s, their heartwarming messages, lovable characters and great songs never go out of style.

Here are the top 10 Retro Christmas Specials you've got to watch with your kids and grand kids this season!

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964)

You know the song, now you've got to watch the movie. It's a classic story of misfits who just want to belong, narrated by Burl Ives (the snowman). It's got it all, Santa, elves, reindeer, an Abominable Snow Monster and, of course toys!


A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)

Everyone knows what a Charlie Brown Christmas tree looks like: humble, scrawny and perfectly imperfect. The best moment in the whole movie is Linus' speech about the real meaning of Christmas.


How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966)

This incredible hand-drawn story is a national treasure. Sure, the live-action version in 2000 revived the beloved Dr. Seuss fable, but it couldn't hold a candle to the classic. Before you know it, you'll be singing "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch" with Thurl Ravenscroft.


The Little Drummer Boy (1968)

It's the story of a poor little boy who joins three wise men on their journey to Jesus' birthplace. Like the song says, he has nothing to give but this. sick. beat, of which Jesus and Mary totally approve.

You'll love the Vienna Boys' Choir's performance of the title tune and the kids will love the little boy's adventure.


Frosty The Snowman (1969)

Another hand-drawn favorite, this carol-turned-video is definitely a childhood favorite. Fans of the time will recognize Jimmy Durante's signature gravelly, New York accent and prominent nose in the narrator's title song.


Santa Claus Is Coming to Town (1970)

This awesome holiday show takes our beloved Santa Claus and gives him an impressive backstory. Fred Astaire is narrates the tale as a dancing mailman. Mickey Rooney is the Kris Kringle Christmas deserves and you'll cheer when he defeats Burgermeister Meisterburger.


'Twas the Night Before Christmas (1974)

Every Christmas Eve, our mother would gather us all on the couch and read this Clement Clark Moore poem from her favorite Christmas book. In the weeks leading up to the big night, we'd be sure to watch this heartwarming story together.


The  Year Without a Santa Claus (1974)

Santa gets sick and Mrs. Claus tries to cover his duties, but she gets upstaged by Mr. Snow Miser and Mr. Heat Miser. In this classic stop-motion tale, it's up to two little elves and a reindeer to save the day.


Emmet Otter's Jug Band Christmas (1977)

Little did we know that this Jim Henson version of O. Henry's "The Gift of the Magi" would be a preview of what was to become the magical Muppet productions we know and love today. It was the most elaborate Muppet production of it's time with full sets and tracking cameras.


Jack Frost (1979)

Jack Frost (voiced by Robert Morse) falls in love with with a human woman, Elisa (voiced by Debra Clinger) and asks Father Winter to make him mortal. He's given a chance, but he must prove that he can be a successful human by earning a house a horse, a bag of gold and a wife by the first sign of spring.

It doesn't exactly have the ending we hoped for, but Winter wouldn't be the same without Jack Frost!


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