A very Merry Christmas 2016 from Yello80s

From Yello80s.com may you have a blessed and joyous Christmas this year- no matter how you celebrate it, your specific traditions or lack thereof, we hope the love of Christ envelopes you and G-d makes His presence known in your life on this holy day. This year I’ve wrestled with Christmas for perhaps the first time in my life. It’s been a year of loss and re-defining and discovery. 2016 has challenged everyone I know in various ways but over the past several years I’ve become very dissatisfied with the trappings of this season. I still love the music and the cheesy tv specials; the giving and the decorating and all the miracles… but this year I understood in a whole new, grown up light those frustrated words of Charlie Brown in my favourite Christmas special: “Isn’t there anyone who knows what Christmas is all about?!” The show-stealing reply of Linus is a tear-jerker for me every year. But I was always Linus in the crowd- thinking to myself, of course Christmas isn’t about Santa and trees and presents. How trite to make it *only* about those things. How one -dimensional. Then my grandmother passed suddenly in August and Christmas, all it’s symbolism both Christian and secular, all came from her. And now I find myself as Charlie Brown, asking not in frustration but seriously, can’t anyone tell me what Christmas is all about? And luckily, the little Linus voice inside me, maybe my ancestors speaking over me, is answering: Courtesy Sval777 The text is from the Gospel of Luke, chapter 2, verses 8 through 14, King James Version. “8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. 10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. 12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, 14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” This iconic scene so replayed and so remembered by America almost didn’t make it in. Station executives didn’t like the special to begin with and only aired it because they were pushed to fill up the airtime with no other alternatives so close to Christmas. Charles Schulz was advised he couldn’t write in something so religious, it wouldn’t make it to television but he is remembered as saying, “If we don’t, who will?” And that’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown. As an 80s kid, that message got to me through TV. Today’s kids might hear that message of joy in a text- whatever, however, peace to you in the name of the LORD and joy to your family and friends this day. love, Yello80s.com

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 28: She’s a Good Skate, Charlie Brown

This 1980 Peanuts feature revolved around Peppermint Patty for a change and doesn’t get played too much anymore but you can find it on compilation DVDs. Courtesy Ian Sweeney

Yello80s Advent Countdown day 27: Raggedy Ann and Andy

That pilot looks an awful lot like Wile E. Coyote! In this cute specail, a Comet the reindeer looks for someone she can carry back home to help thwart the coyote-looking wolf’s plans to ruin Christmas and finds Raggedy Ann and Andy. Courtesy DoctorManchu

Yello80s Advent countdown day 26: Christmas ads 1986

I remember 1986 as being an EXCELLENT year for toys, tv and films. Let’s take a trip down memory lane and see what our parents were saving up to get us for Christmas that year in this collection of 1986 Christmas ads. Courtesy the TjTube

Yello80s Advent countdown day 25: The Love Boat

The Love Boat, to me as a kid, had the longest possible opening ever. How many stars could they squeeze within a one-show segment and still have a storyline? Turns out quite a few. Here are some highlights from the 1980 Christmas episode. Courtesy kalli2 And this cute clip featuring Judith Barsi (voiced Ann-MArie in All Dogs go to Heaven) from the 1986 Christmas episode: Courtesy Suaviterinmodo

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