A few weeks ago, Joe and I were discussing Christmas TV specials. He said that Ruldolph was his favorite. That's not entirely surprising, since it came out when he was 4 and was pretty good. Anyway, it got me thinking about Christmas shows. I'm not as sentimental about them as Joe is, probably because we didn't have a TV for part or my formative years, but my favorite one is relatively unknown. It's "The Year without a Santa Claus", otherwise known as "the one with heat miser." I assumed everyone knew about it, but Joe had never heard of it. Without further ado, here's my reasons.
7. The old biddies rule the show. You may think it's about Santa Claus, Heat Miser, and Snow Miser, but they are but mere pawns in the hands of Mrs. Claus and Mother Nature.
6. Santa's tired and burnt out, and sick of ungrateful kids. Even as a baby biddy, I could relate to this.
5. It came out when I was 6, which means it was the cool new show when I was the most impressionable.
4. The 70's are strong in this one. Mother Nature ruling everything, Mrs. Claus in drag, etc. No classical 50's motifs here...
3. Sibling rivalry and your mom laying down the law are main themes here. As a kid, I could relate to that.
2. It took place in a town where it didn't snow in the winter. I grew up in California, but most Christmas specials took place in mystic snow filled places that looked like Buffalo. I could relate to the kids wanting snow for Christmas.
and of course...
1. Heat Miser and Snow Miser, but really mostly Heat Miser. They're funny looking, they have singing minions, Heat Miser's got a 90's band named after him, and, most importantly, they have the world's catchiest theme song. They're both hilarious, but Heat Miser wins due to his bright orange Don King hairdo and the fact that it looks like he is naked.
Merry Christmas, everyone!