I was lucky enough to grow up during the birth of the Christmas cartoons and specials that have since defined the holidays. I remember checking the TV Guide each week to make sure my sister and I wouldn’t miss Charlie Brown’s Christmas or The Year Without A Santa Clause or Frosty the Snowman. 

Back in the 70’s, we didn’t have DVD players or video tape, so you had one and only one chance to catch your favorite Christmas cartoon, and that’s what made them all the more precious and special. Rankin & Bass were the pied pipers of the holidays, and we followed them wherever they went.

Did you know that Mr. Magoo’s rendition of A Christmas Carol was actually the first holiday cartoon? Without our nearsighted Ebenezer, we may never have gotten to watch Rudolph or Heat Miser or known what a ‘Charlie Brown Christmas tree’ really means. I’m a parent now with teens, and Mr. Magoo’s version of the Charles Dickens fable is still my favorite.

So, for all you kids (from 1 to 92) who may not have your own copy of Mr. Magoo’s A Christmas Carol, I’ve linked to this very special Christmas movie. Wishing you and yours the happiest and healthiest holiday!