Happy Christmas Eve from Yello80s!

When I was a kid we went to late service on Christmas Eve and usually stayed up at least until midnight to watch either A. Midnight Mass at St. Peter’s, B. A Christmas Carol (the Alistair Sims version) or C. Whatever special PBS was replaying after the earlier schedule. One year that stands out to me was when we watched The Snowman, the animated production based on British author/ illustrator Raymond Briggs’ picture book of the same name. Here it is, complete with original intro. If you’re still up, sit down with some cocoa and the family and enjoy this timeless 1982 special. Courtesy Xbeps’s Channel

Yello80s Advent countdown day 24: Christmas in Tattertown

A 1988 special made for Nickelodeon that didn’t quite stand the test of time- perfect for this nostalgia blog! Courtesy Geoffrey Darby

Yello80s Advent countdown day 23: Candy Claus 3/3

So glad you’ve stuck around for the finale, part 3! Courtesy SACDMan

Yello80s Advent countdown day 21: Candy Claus 2/3

And on we boldly go to part 2 of 3… Courtesy SACDMan

Yello80s Advent countdown day 21: Candy Claus part 1/3

By all accounts one of the weirdest Christmas specials ever, here’s part 1 of Candy Claus from 1987. Courtesy SACDMan

Yello80s Advent countdown day 20: Rubik’s First Christmas

Rubik the Amazing Cube wasn’t on tv very long but he managed to squeeze in a Christmas episode which starts off with Feliz Navidad and ends with Rubik filling in for Rudulph. Courtesy Rick Pheonix

Yello80s Advent countdown day 19: Santa and the Three Bears

This cute little special was actually aired in 1970 but still had airplay through the 80s. Courtesy Masterblaster T

Yello80s Advent countdown day 18: Fraggle Rock

The Fraggles celebrate their own version of Christmas called the Festival of the Bells- this was their festival song sung over the closing credits of the episode of the same name in 1984. Courtesy surafraggle

Yello80sAdvent countdown day 17: Justin Wilson

You remember Justin Wilson– the larger than life, slightly Colonel Sanders-looking Cajun who taught us all how to cook gator on his tv cooking show with the cool catchphrase “I guar-on-tee!” In this promo from the Louisiana Public Broadcasting system, Mr. Wilson plugs his new Christmas cooking special. Courtesy Chris Hadley

Yello80s Advent countdown day 16: The Wish that Changed Christmas

This adoption-themed feel-good special aired in 1991 so a little late for our 80s countdown but would likely be remembered by late 80s kids. The story is based on the book The Story of Holly and Ivy, Ivy being the an orphan girl and Holly being the doll she wishes for. Courtesy ACMEHolidaysNet