My dad made us Christmas junk tapes when I was little. That's what I called them. They were two VHS tapes loaded with six hours of holiday specials and cartoons, mostly taped off the Disney Channel and Showtime, but they also included some of the network television staples. I had the tapes for ages, but in the years since our VCRs fell by the wayside, the tapes have disappeared. I've spent a few years trying to find some of my favorites from the tapes. Some of the shows were easy, like Frosty the Snowman and How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Some I only found again after the girls were born. And some... sigh.
The internet is my own personal junk tape, I guess. Rather than share holiday clips every Monday, I've been sticking them on the Facebook page - have you "liked" the Silver Shoes & Rabbit Holes Facebook page? - and on this one little Nostalgia Disorder post. I don't know how long some of the YouTube videos will last, but I'm grateful to the folks who upload this stuff for everyone to see.
This was at the end of a tape, and cut off just as Mr. Hooper
came to Bert and Ernie's. I always wanted to be the
little girl with the curls, skating with Big Bird.
ABC Family shows this Rankin-Bass favorite, but it's edited. Some lovely
person posted the complete version on YouTube.
A classic from Halas & Batchelor.
Not specifically Christmas, but this classic was on a tape!
I know the tapes also included the Shelley Duvall's Faerie Tale Theatre episodes "Hansel & Gretel" and "Rapunzel," Mickey's Christmas Carol, and I'm pretty certain this was on a tape, too.
I miss these tapes. My daddy compiled some great stuff for us. This may not be everything, but it's a good sample.
Oh, I know something that's missing: commercials. After all, sometimes we missed hitting the pause button during the commercials, or Daddy recorded the show via timer. I remember most of the network shows came from CBS, so here's a little bonus I found on YouTube!