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Holidays bring joy to television

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By Brian Jurilla

By Brian Jurilla

It is that time of year again.

It’s time to put up the holiday decorations around the house, be with family and friends, listen to the songs you only hear once a year and watch the holiday television programs.

Yes, it is time to watch the yearly airing of much loved programs like “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” which still is a holiday favorite. It is a favorite holiday special that features Charles Shultz’s beloved Peanuts characters Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy and of course that lovable beagle Snoopy.

The most memorable scene is when Charlie Brown’s best friend Linus takes center stage and tells the story of Christmas, and delivers the message that Christmas is not the commercial holiday that the rest of the Peanuts gang expects Christmas to be.

Clay animation is abundant in classic holiday specials. “Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer,” which first aired in 1964, features the most famous reindeer on an adventure with an elf that wants to become a dentist. There’s also Yukon, a man searching the North Pole for gold in the land of misfit toys. All are trying to find their place in the world they run in with the Abominable Snowman. “Frosty the Snowman” comes to life when a group of school children make a snowman on a day off from school and finds a magic hat that belongs to a magician who wants his hat back.

Movies such as “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” and “A Christmas Carol” can help warm the heart up for the season, showing that even the most cold hearted people can warm up to the spirit of Christmas.

Cartoon Network and ABC Family bring viewers a large amount of holiday programming. Holiday specials like “Noel,” “Twas’ The Night Before Christmas,” and the holiday specials featuring everyones favorite animated singing brothers the Chipmunks, with their famous holiday song “Christmas Don’t Be Late” are sure to have the attention of the children while they are on vacation from school.

Everyone has their favorite holiday show that they just watch year after year. Ranging from Charlie Brown to Winnie the Pooh, there are holiday specials that will bring back old childhood memories and bring in new ones to children who watch the programs for the first time or watching it as we all used to as a yearly tradition.

It is apparent that holiday programs have something special about them and can be aired year after year but some of them have faded away.

Can anyone remember the California Raisins Christmas special or can they say that they saw it on TV recently?

No matter what, holiday specials will continue to be aired bringing new and old programs to audiences that will warm the hearts of their viewers and deliver the message of peace, love and joy as well as the meaning of Christmas year after year to those who enjoy watching them.

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