‘Twas The Night Before Christmas
Original Air Date – December 8, 1974 on CBS
This special has aired every year since its first broadcast on CBS until 1994 and on the now ABC Family now Freeform since 1995. It airs twice this year on December 13th at 7:00 am and early Christmas Morning at 1:30 am. This is one of my all time favorite Christmas specials, the songs are amazing, the story is fun, the big happy ending, it’s all tremendous!
I recorded it off of TV probably 25 years ago, 7 years ago I converted it to DVD so my copy is rough. A few years back I bought a commercial release but they had cut a song from it, I can only assume because the song had the word gay in it. “How about fairies and leprechauns on Saint Patrick’s Day. How about just about anything that makes a holiday gay?” I’m actually watching it right now on You Tube, it’s a very good copy and it is complete with each song.
It’s about the town of Junctionville, NY where mice and humans live in harmony. Essentially a letter in the local paper calls Santa a myth, Santa takes exception and returns all their letters. Local clock maker Joshua Trundle tries to make the clock at the town office play a magical song on midnight at Christmas pleading for Santa to forgive them and bring the children presents. Father mouse’s son Albert, who also wrote the scathing letter, accidentally breaks the clock causing the Trundle family to fall on hard times. In the end Albert races against time to try and fix it.
Rankin/Bass are very well known for their much beloved stop motion Christmas specials including Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer and Santa Claus is Coming To Town as well as many other animated and stop motion specials for various holidays. Some of my other favorites are Muppet Family Christmas, Garfield’s Christmas, Mickey’s Christmas Carol, and I really like the new Prep and Landing ones. I really enjoy watching these each year and sharing that experience with my children.