Well, it’s a tough job, but SOMEONE has to do it! Ha. Actually, I kind of insisted on doing this list because 1: I wanted to and 2: I watched a LOT of television as a child. These five are all animated, using various art-forms. And so, without further ado, here we go with the top 5 Christmas television specials.

  • 1

    A Charlie Brown Christmas

    Seriously. There isn’t a show, a production, or a special event that comes close to this one. First, Charlie is appalled by the commercialism of the season. He has to deal with his own dog buying into the materialism. He has to deal with trying to produce the musical. He has to find a tree that isn’t pathetic. He just about gives up hope of ever knowing the true meaning when little Linus Van Pelt quotes from Luke. Enough said. This one is simply the best. Ever.

  • 2

    Frosty the Snow Man

    I don’t know why, but I’ve always loved this version of the story. I think that the little girl being helped by Frosty, and all the magic of the story just touched a part of my soul when I watched it. There MUST have been some magic in that old silk hat they found. For, when they put it on his head, he began to dance around!

  • 3

    How the Grinch Stole Christmas

    You’re a mean one, Mr. Grinch. The Who’s are in trouble plenty when the mean and petty Grinch plans to destroy not only their holiday…but their holiday spirit as well. Destroy the Holiday Spirit? Yeah, right. Good luck with that. Plus, check out the dog dragging that immense sleigh. Perfect.

  • 4

    Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

    Same animation style as The Little Drummer boy, but the story is way, way more fanciful. Here we have an elf who has no interest whatsoever in making toys…he just wants to be a dentist. Running away with Rudolph, these two find the Island of Misfit Toys, an old miner….oh, and just for fun…the Abominable Snowman. And always remember kids….Bumbles Bounce!

  • 5

    The Little Drummer Boy

    I always liked the animation process on this one. It’s kind of herky-jerky, but I think that doesn’t take away from the sweet story of a poor boy who honors the Birth with the only thing he has: his musical ability to play a drum. Sweet story and sweet show.