Twelve Days of Muppet Christmas, Part 3
Christmas Eve on Sesame Street (1978)
Directed by Jon Stone
Written by Jon Stone and Joseph Bailey
Caroll Spinney (Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch), Jim Henson (Ernie, Kermit the Frog), Frank Oz (Bert, Grover, Cookie Monster), Jerry Nelson (Count von Count, Mr. Snuffleupagus), Richard Hunt, Roscoe Orman, Loretta Long, Bob McGrath, Linda Bove, Will Lee, Northern Calloway, Sonia Manzano, Alaina Reed
Christmas Eve on Sesame Street aired on PBS in 1978 and is the first Christmas special and the first primetime special for Sesame Street. The special features many plots, including Bert and Ernie’s “Gift of the Magi,” Kermit and Grover’s efforts to find out how Santa Claus goes down the chimney, Linda’s musical Christmas gift to Bob, and, most notably, Big Bird trying to prove Santa Claus is real. This innocent special features original songs “True Blue Miracle,” “Keep Christmas With You (All Through the Year),” and “I Hate Christmas,” as well as the holiday classic “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.” The special also features Muppet ice skaters performed by members of the Ice Follies.
Christmas Eve on Sesame Street is available on DVD from Amazon here: