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5 Essential TV Christmas Specials That Shouldn't Be Missed

December 13th, 2011 11:00am EST | Kevin Olsta By: Kevin Olsta

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One of the best parts of the holiday season is Christmas TV specials.  No matter what your background, it’s easy to enjoy the uplifting stories that go along with the Christmas season.  Here are our top 5. 

5.  Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer (1964)

This may be the most popular Christmas special of all time, who cares if some crackpot thinks it promotes bullying... Thank you FOX news for your annual "War on Christmas" and giving someone like that airtime. Rudolph has aired on various networks every year since it debuted on December 6, 1964 on NBC, making it the longest running special to date.  Anyone can identify with the ugly duckling story of Rudolph, a reindeer who was picked on because he was different.  Of course, in the end, Rudolph saves the day when he is able to help guide Santa through the fog and deliver presents to the world.  In an age of computer graphics, it is really refreshing and kind of magical to see the stop motion animation that brings Rudolph to life.  The legendary Burl Ives providing the soundtrack as the narrating snowman is just icing on the cake to this classic special.  Rudolph aired last week on CBS, I hope you didn’t miss it.

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