Showing posts with label Christmas. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Christmas. Show all posts

A Cartoon Christmas - "A Jetson Christmas Carol" (1985)

Monday, December 5, 2022

I enjoyed writing "A Cartoon Christmas" last year, and reviewing "A Flintstone Christmas" from 1977 so much (CLICK HERE) that I decided to continue the series again this year.  What better to pair our first two entries into the series than the Flintstones and Jetsons!  

Technically, this is the third entry in the series.  In 2019, I made a short list of my Top Five Favorite Cartoons, which you can find HERE.  

The Hanna-Barbera cartoons get a bad rap these days, but I love the simple animation and old-time, clean, family fun.  The Jetsons (and The Flintstones) were from before my time, but when I was younger, both shows would air on TBS in morning reruns before school.  I remember many times during elementary school that I would have my bowl of cereal or Granny's English muffin sandwiches and dread the closing credits because that meant the bus was coming any minute to take me to school.


As I get older, I get more enjoyment from Christmas television specials, especially the older ones from long ago when things were so different it seems like we all lived in a different universe.  These older ones just seem like charming, innocent family fun.  Isn't that what Christmas (and the TV specials) should be all about?

This animated show features a slightly different take on the familiar storyline of the Charles Dickens classic "A Christmas Carol."  In it, we find the Jetson family and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Yet-To-Be, and Present, teaching the Scrooge-like Mr. Spacely the true meaning of Christmas.  

Originally airing in syndication on December 13, 1985, this 22-minute cartoon was later released in 1996 on VHS.  The 1996 VHS tape incorrectly calls this episode "The Jetson's Christmas Carol."  

By the way, before we start, based on the show's history, George Jetson was born earlier this year, on July 31, 2022.  It's kind of depressing that in this episode, he's approximately 40 and living in such a futuristic world just 40 years from where we currently sit.  

Oh well, maybe there are significant advances in technology made very quickly right around the bend!  It's Christmas, and I don't mean to be a downer, so positive thoughts!

Please click "Keep Reading" to check out "A Jetson Christmas Carol!"  

Retro RePost: Was that the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade in Christmas Vacation?

Friday, December 2, 2022

As we get past that post-Thanksgiving food coma and run full speed into the holiday spirit, here at home, I'm busy decorating, relaxing, and preparing for my annual simulator training for work.  Throw in the extra-busy holiday flight schedule, and my free time is limited.   

So, forgive another RePost here, but this one's a good one from 2019 featuring my favorite Christmas movie, "Christmas Vacation!"


I often wondered about this tiny, somewhat throw-away scene in the movie.  As a matter of fact, it's what's happening in the background of this short scene that caught my interest.  

The original intention of this site was dedicated to getting the nostalgia nonsense off my brain and onto paper (so to speak), so what better way to do some research and finally figure out the answer to a nagging question? 

The question I kept asking myself was, "Is that the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade in "Christmas Vacation?"  Did that mean the Grandparents spent the last week of November and all of December with Clark and Ellen?  Or was it something else?

I couldn't have been the only one wondering this because this article is the 5th most popular article on YesterYear Retro!  Many of you must have wondered the same thing!  So, check it out, won't you?


Classic Christmas TV Guide For 2022

Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Thanksgiving is arriving soon, and as we prepare the turkey, we turn our attention toward our annual Christmas and holiday television specials!  

You've had the nonstop Hallmark movies for what seems like forever already, but it's time for the yearly classics that get us all in that festive Christmas spirit!  

I wanted to get this posted before Thanksgiving to give you a heads up for some of those classics like Planes, Trains, and Automobiles for turkey day... or the annual showing of The Wizard of Oz or March of the Wooden Soldiers on Thanksgiving Day.

Here is a list of what I consider the best of the holiday season.  I'm adding the list here as a regular post, but from now on you'll find it on the right side of the page as well (or below the weekly articles if your using a mobile browser!) Or feel free to bookmark this page and keep checking back!   

Obviously, this schedule is subject to change, but as of writing...

Here is The YesterYear Retro Christmas Classics TV Guide for 2022!

Items Of Note:
 
Charlie Brown's Christmas will not air on network TV again this year.  It will only be available on Apple TV+ but will be made available free to non-subscribers from Dec 22 to December 25.

FreeForms "25 Days of Christmas" begins on December 1st!  Between Halloween and Christmas, Freeform easily has some of my favorite marathons!

"The Wizard of Oz" airs on TBS on Thanksgiving Day, Nov 24 at 6:00PM and Nov 25 at 5:45PM.

"It's a Wonderful Life" airs as a marathon on E! on Friday, Nov 25th and on Christmas Eve on NBC at 8PM.

"A Christmas Story" marathon returns to both TBS *AND* TNT this year! It begins at 8 PM on TBS and 9 PM on TNT on Christmas Eve. Final showings air at 6 PM on Christmas Day on TBS and 7 PM on TNT.

I've highlighted the first showings of movies in RED that are what I consider "must-watch at least once" films this season.  Some are repeated so much that the whole list would be red, so I highlighted them only on their first showing, but of course watch when you can!  If you feel something should be red that I didn't consider, please leave a comment below!  I'd love to hear about your annual required viewing.  

I also BOLDED some of the more "can't miss" items, such as the once-a-year airings of Wizard of Oz or It's a Wonderful Life. 

All times listed are Eastern. 

Christmas on Roseanne

Monday, December 20, 2021

Now that I have a family of my own, the notion of community, tradition, faith, and the holidays mean so much more to me.  "Roseanne" was never a show my family watched when I was growing up, and I didn't get into watching the reruns until I was in college, but the series does an excellent job representing all of those things.  The time period "Roseanne" was set in and the everyday family it portrays really struck a chord with me as it reminded me of my formative years.  It's been a real treat for me to go back and watch and review each season for this "Holidays on Roseanne" series.

The show and the fictional Conner family took the holiday season seriously.  As we found out reviewing the Halloween episodes (CLICK HERE) or Thanksgiving (CLICK HERE), not every season had a dedicated episode to the given holiday.  The same goes for Christmas, and to be honest, I was surprised at the lack of Christmas episodes during its nine-year run.  Even more surprising, it took "Roseanne" four seasons into the series to have their first Christmas-themed episode.  Of the nine seasons in the show's initial run, only 4 episodes involve Christmas.  


Thank you for indulging me these past few months as I review one of my favorite television series from the past.  It has been a lot of fun and has brought back many great memories of hanging around my college dorm watching reruns late at night.  

So without further ado, let's look at how Roseanne, Dan, and the family spent their Christmas holidays with family, food, decorations, and (of course) arguments with "Christmas on Roseanne!"  

Five Classic Christmas Commercials!

Monday, December 13, 2021

We're well on our way to Christmas and almost halfway through December!  Boy, how time flies!  What better way to keep the momentum going than watching some old television commercials from when we were young and full of Christmas wonder?  


Nostalgia geeks like me often spend many hours watching "found footage" on Youtube dubbed from someone's home videotapes.  Great folks on the internet will edit and clean up the footage to compile old commercials into hours of great footage. 

Some kind soul will spend their free time reviewing old VHS tapes, convert them to digital, and then upload them to the internet.  That one long-lost memory will be given a "forever space" on the internet, just waiting to be enjoyed by the people who've spent years looking for it.  Bless these people.  

These days, if you're like me, you fast forward through as many commercials as you can.  This Thanksgiving, my family watched network television for the first time in over a year as we tuned in to WPIX (Channel 11 in New York) for our traditional viewing of Laurel and Hardy's "March of the Wooden Soldiers." We left it on to play in the background but quickly noticed that every three commercial spots were filled by the same Public Service Announcement for a medical procedure or medicine or what have you.  No wonder everyone is so crazed if that's all they hear every 5 minutes all day!   I digress...

You probably aren't a fan of commercials now, but I guarantee that you can remember (and probably even sing) at least 3 jingles from ads from your childhood.  I have a whole series of commercials I fondly remember, which you can head over to the "Collections" page and check out.  But that was back when companies invested significant money in advertising and had things like jingles or gimmicks to catch your attention.   One of the nice things about commercials from years gone by is that they remind me of a different time or specific memory.  

The commercials back then all had a holiday flair to them and kept the festive Christmas spirit going between a Christmas special or themed sitcom episode breaks.  Heck, even the car commercials got into the act!  Remember the "Lexus Christmas Sales Event" commercials as the shiny new car would wind its way through snow-covered woods to arrive in time for Christmas morning, complete with a giant bow on the car once its intended recipient woke up in the morning?  

Or who could forget the so-annoyingly-awful-they're-great Hyundai commercials from 2010 (11 years ago already!) featuring the singing duo Pomplamoose?  (CLICK HERE TO BE REMINDED!)

Now that Pomplamoose is stuck in your head, click below to see Five Classic Christmas Commercials!

A Cartoon Christmas - "A Flintstone Christmas" (1977)

Monday, December 6, 2021

I really enjoy Christmas television specials, especially the older ones I remember from times gone by.  Many of my favorites were some of the older cartoons, and every year here on YesterYear, I try to highlight one of the Christmas cartoons I remember fondly from years gone by.    

Like any kid, I liked cartoons, especially if they had to do with Christmas!  These days, the Hannah Barbera cartoons get a bad rap by cartoon "purists" on the internet these days, but I don't understand their complaints.  I enjoy the simple animation and the now-iconic voice acting.  Growing up, I remember watching The Flintstones on TBS in early morning reruns before school.  During the early 90s, the reruns were paired with The Jetsons, and I remember eating cereal and getting ready for school while they were on.  I remember The Flintstones being on in the afternoon as well, where I could catch them before dinner.

The Flintstones is just good, clean, family fun.  Which is what a Christmas special should be all about, right?  "A Flintstone Christmas" is just that.  


Featuring a familiar storyline amongst many holiday specials, we find Santa Claus needing some help this year to save Christmas!  The 1977 Flintstone's special borrows the same storyline (and several re-used animation scenes) from a previous 1964 episode of the Flintstones titled "A Christmas Flintstone."  

The special we'll look at today, "A Flinstone Christmas," debuted on December 7, 1977.

Retro RePost: I Love Lucy Meets Santa Claus!

Friday, December 3, 2021

Here's another rerun to help you better enjoy the Christmas season!  I'm feeling very nostalgic this year, so why not go waaaay back to the 1950s when Santa Claus appeared on I Love Lucy?  


Since I Love Lucy is one of my top 5 favorite shows of all time, I really enjoyed writing this article.  It appeared both here and on "The Retro Network," so you know I'm very proud of it.  If you read it already, give it another whirl, if you missed it, I think you'll really like it!  

My ABCs of Christmas

Thursday, December 24, 2020

Well, everyone, we made it to Christmas!  What a fun month it's been building the excitement up for the big day!  Much like Halloween, I've decided to do a fun little ABC's of Christmas, with the help of my lovely wife, Lauren!  You can read that Halloween feature HERE, by the way.


Without further ado, our Christmas ABC list for 2020:

Christmas on Home Improvement

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Recently, I've gotten back into watching some of the shows I loved growing up.  "Home Improvement" was one of those shows my entire family enjoyed, and we made it a weekly staple to gather around the TV together to watch the latest episode.  It has been a real treat for me to go back and watch and review each season for this Holidays on Home Improvement series.

The show, and the fictional Taylor family, took the winter holiday season seriously.  Christmas was clearly the most significant holiday event for the Taylor family each year.  As we found out reviewing the Halloween episodes, which you can find by clicking HERE, not every season of "Home Improvement" contained a dedicated episode to the spooky holiday.  The same goes for Thanksgiving, which you can also find by clicking HERE.  Christmas, however, is served up every year with heartfelt storylines, laughter, and more.  Growing up in my house was similar to the show in that regard.

Halloween wasn't that big of an event for us.  We'd wear costumes and trick-or-treat, but that was about it.  For Thanksgiving, we'd have some extended family or our elderly neighbors over for the afternoon but everyone would be on their way home by 7 or 8 o'clock.

Christmas, however, was a different story.  We had lots of family stay for several days in our house and my Grandparents' next door.  Everyone pitched in to decorate the houses the day after Thanksgiving, my Grandmother would spend weeks baking batch after batch of Christmas cookies, and my parents would have an annual argument over putting up a real or fake tree.  On Christmas Eve, we'd attend a candlelight service, drive around looking for the best Christmas lights, and then open up one present before bed.  Christmas day was a full-day affair with several rounds of presents, meals, and much more that seemed to roll into New Year's Eve a week later. 

Thank you for indulging me these past few months as I review one of my favorite television series from my childhood.  It has been a lot of fun and has brought back so many great memories.  I can still remember watching most of these episodes live for the first time, and that's what YesterYear Retro is all about.

So without further ado, let's look at how Tim Taylor and his family spent 8 seasons with elves, gifts, family, and even roof-top decorations that affect air traffic on "Christmas on Home Improvement!"

A Brief History of the "24 Hours of A Christmas Story" Marathon on TBS and TNT

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

This is sort of a "Retro RePost" from last year but has been modified and edited for 2020.  

Growing up, there was not a Christmas movie I enjoyed more than "A Christmas Story."  I'll admit, I had never even heard of the film before TBS began its annual 24-hour marathon in 1997.  It just wasn't something on my radar.  Having accidentally come across the film that first 24-hour marathon, I was sucked in by the excitement of the marathon itself and the quest to watch the movie as much as I could in an entire 24-hour period.  Then something amazing happened.  It turned out the movie was really good, too!


"A Christmas Story" was originally a small independent film made in 1983 that had very little fanfare for several years until it earned a "cult-classic" status and rabid fan following in the early 1990s.  Turner Broadcasting had maintained ownership of the film's broadcasting rights and, starting in 1991, began airing the film increasingly on its networks TBS, TNT, and TCM.  In 1995, it was aired over the 3 different channels a combined 6 times from December 24th to 26th.

Those 6 viewings were so successful that in 1996 Turner increased it to 8 separate broadcasts.

However, in 1997, due to the movie's ever-increasing popularity (and rising merchandise sales), TNT began airing a 24-hour marathon, officially titled "24 Hours of A Christmas Story."  The marathon would begin either at 8pm Eastern on Christmas Eve and run for a total of 12 airings.  

In 2004, when TNT switch to a predominantly drama television format, TBS took over the marathon.  

It was estimated that in 2002 that 38.4 million people tuned in at one point or another.    In 2008 that estimate increased to 54.4 million.

The film was so popular that in 2014 and 2015, Turner decided to broadcast the marathons on BOTH TBS and TNT!  They staggered the showings one hour apart so that you wouldn't have the same exact scene on both channels and could pick up at any point on either network.  This was also done so that both channels were not in the commercial break at the same time.  

For whatever reason, the dual marathon was not run on both channels in 2016 and only aired on TBS.  It returned to TNT in 2017 and has been on both channels since.


After widespread internet rumors in 2018 claiming TBS canceled the marathon, Turner (and TBS/TNT) issued statements assuring fans that the marathon indeed lived on.  You could understand, then, when TBS was very slow to publish the schedule for 2019, "A Christmas Story" fans were worried once again.  This year, for 2020, the two networks published the marathon schedule in early November, assuring fans that the annual tradition would live on once again.

One of my favorite activities around Christmas growing up was this marathon.  After the first few years of trying to watch EVERY SINGLE showing, I was older, and life had gotten quite a bit busier for all of us.  My family adapted, and our goal switched from watching the full marathon to catching the entire movie once... but not in a full sitting.  It's a fun little game we still play, where we piece together a complete movie over the 24 hours by tuning in at different times.  It doesn't even need to be in order, as long as we don't miss anything.

You can catch 24 straight hours of this beloved Christmas movie starting 8:00 PM Eastern on December 24th on TBS.  The marathon runs through Christmas Day, and the final airing of "A Christmas Story" is 6:00PM Eastern on the 25th.  The marathon will start on TNT at 9:00 PM on December 24th, running through the final showing at 7pm on Christmas Day.


Be careful, or you'll shoot your eye out!

Retro RePost: Santa Claus, Christmas, and I Love Lucy

Sunday, December 13, 2020

Here's another rerun to help you better enjoy the Christmas season!  I'm feeling very nostalgic this year, so why not go waaaay back to the 1950s when Santa Claus appeared on I Love Lucy?  

Since I Love Lucy is one of my top 5 favorite shows of all time, I really enjoyed writing this article last year.  It appeared both here and on "The Retro Network" so you know I'm very proud of it and think you'll enjoy it too if you missed it last year!


Click above to enjoy some retro goodness and get yourself even deeper into the Christmas spirit!

Enjoy!

Retro RePost: Christmas Collides With Pro Wrestling

Thursday, December 10, 2020

Life has been busy so far this December, with work and studying for my annual training, so I haven’t been able to finish the content I’ve been trying to produce for Christmas.  Here it is, already December 10th, and I’ve yet to post anything this month celebrating the Holiday season...

It’s time to remedy that, so I’ve decided to air a rerun so to speak... A Retro RePost, if you wheeeel (Dusty Rhodes voice) in one of my favorite posts from last Christmas:


Click the above link if you missed this last year or want to relive some good old days or wrestling gone by!  

Home Alone's Fake Gangster Movie

Monday, November 30, 2020

For many years, I never really considered "Home Alone" a Christmas movie.  Of course, it takes place on Christmas and has nearly everything to do with the spirit of Christmas, but for whatever reason, my family never really watched it around the holidays like we would some other movies.  

I can very clearly remember seeing "Home Alone" in theaters when it came out, but after that, we watched it on VHS a few times, and that was about it.  Knowing how strict my parents were in the early 90s, they probably didn't like the movie and didn't want myself and my older brother to try to replicate Kevin's burglar traps on each other.  

These days?  It's found itself on my house's "must watch" list around Christmas.  It's not even a *great* movie, in my opinion, but I really enjoy it for the nostalgia it evokes for the 90s.  Not just the clothing, cars, or hairstyles, it's more so the simpleness of it all: no cell phones, no internet, no constant connection. 

Even more important than all that, it's the child-like excitement Kevin gets from Christmas and the absolute pure joy of it all.  Every year my wife and I say that we plan to take it slow during the Christmas season and really enjoy it, but of course, life gets in the way, and we blink, and it's already halfway through January.  


Kevin's youthful joy is such unadulterated fun, especially the fun he has when he first discovered he's been left home alone.  I think we can all go back and think of the first time Mom and Dad left us alone and the list of things we did just because nobody was home to stop us.  For me, I remember racing to the television to turn on pro wrestling when my parents went out to dinner since it wasn't allowed when they were home.

After Kevin grows comfortable with the idea of being alone, he does what any kid would do.  He gets into things he's not allowed to, like his brother's skin magazines and his Beebee gun.  Kevin eventually finds his way downstairs and makes himself a massive bowl of ice cream and puts in a movie he probably was told he was too young to watch.  Feeding "Angels with Dirty Souls" into the VCR, he sits back in his Father's easy chair (a no-no in most households) and watches a scene out of an old 40s gangster noir film.  

Christmas Classics TV Schedule for 2020

Thursday, November 12, 2020

Haul out the holly! Put out the tree before my spirit falls again... it's time for Christmas television! Of course, you have the Hallmark and Lifetime channels with nonstop 24/7 Christmas... but what about the other Christmas classics?  


Well, here is a list of what I consider the best of the best. Obviously, this schedule is subject to change, but as of writing, here it is!


The YesterYear Retro Christmas Classics TV Schedule for 2020!


Items Of Note

 

"A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving" will NOT air on television this year but will be FREE on Apple TV from November 25th through November 27th. The same goes for "A Charlie Brown Christmas," which will be available FREE on Apple TV from December 11th through December 13th.


FreeForms "25 Days of Christmas" begins on December 1st!


"A White Christmas" starring Bing Crosby and Danny Faye will air late at night at 2:30 AM on AMC on the night of December 3rd or the morning of December 4th, depending on how you look at it. The actual date is December 4th at 2:30 AM.


"The Wizard of Oz" airs on TBS on Sunday, November 22nd, at 8 PM and 10 PM.


"It's a Wonderful Life" airs on Christmas Eve on NBC at 8 PM.


"A Christmas Story" marathon returns to both TBS *AND* TNT this year! It begins at 8 PM on TBS and 9 PM on TNT on Christmas Eve. Final showings air on Ch4at 6 PM on Christmas Day on TBS and 7 PM on TNT.

Holiday Memories of YesterYear: Christmas

Monday, December 23, 2019

Welcome to the third post in a series of rambling stream-of-conscious articles related to holiday memories of the past.  With Christmas just days away, I sat down to reflect upon the Christmases of yesteryear.  I hope you enjoy reading this as much as I did writing it.... It's cathartic in some way to go back and put this down in writing and hopefully it jogs a memory of some fun or heartfelt moments of your own.

24 Hours of A Christmas Story

Friday, December 20, 2019

Growing up there was not a Christmas movie I enjoyed more than "A Christmas Story."  I'll admit, I hadn't even heard of the film before TBS began it's annual marathon.  There was just something about the excitement of the marathon and the quest to watch the movie as often as I could in an entire day.


After widespread internet rumors in 2018 that TBS had cancelled the marathon, Turner Broadcasting, TNT, and TBS all had to issue statements stating that in fact, the marathon lives on.  You could understand, then, when TBS was very slow to publish the schedule for 2019, A Christmas Story fans were worried.

Fear not for TBS has confirmed that "24 hours of A Christmas Story" will continue in 2019!

Santa Claus, Christmas, and I Love Lucy

Monday, December 16, 2019

This blog may often be about 80's and 90's nostalgia... But for this one we're going WAY back.  Way back into YesterYear to 1956!


I grew up watching I Love Lucy reruns on Nick-at-Nite with my Dad.  We'd sit and laugh together late into the night during summers when I was a kid.  When the Season 4 episodes centering around their road trip to California for and Hollywood came on, something struck a chord with my wanderlust bone and my love for old Hollywood that made me fall in love with that redhead and her hijinks.  I love 'Lucy' so much so that my wife and I have made 2 trips to Lucille Ball's hometown of Jamestown, New York to visit the Lucy-Desi Museum.  There they have props and wardrobe from the show along with restorations of not just the set for their home in the Mertzes New York apartment building but the California hotel room set from the fictional Beverly Palms Hotel that I loved so much as a child.

10 Times Christmas Collides with Pro Wrestling!

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Much like Thanksgiving... Pro Wrestling and Christmas go hand in hand.  Over the years, wrestling promotions and wrestlers have celebrated (and exploited) the holiday season in many ways.  From holding events on Christmas day to wrestlers dressed up as Santa Claus, Christmas themed gimmick matches, or even a handful of wrestlers appearing in Christmas movies, these festive events celebrate the holiday season for children and adults alike.


I've looked around the internet and compiled a list in no particular order of some examples of when Christmas and Pro Wrestling COLLIDE!

A Cartoon Christmas: My Top 5 Christmas Cartoons

Monday, December 9, 2019

Nothing is more endearing (or enduring) as a Christmas cartoon.  I know it's sacrilege but I really don't like the "iconic" Christmas specials Frosty the Snowman and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.  Maybe they were before my time, but, I just never dug those.  I think the claymation creeped me out and I hated the elves... but no holiday spawns more television specials to choose from than Christmas.


I know this may be just another "Top 5" article, but, I feel like those types of articles give me the ability to mention a bunch of different topics that may spark a memory or emotion in you (and myself!) as we all take a road trip down our memory highway into yesteryear.

The 1992 Sears Wish Book

Friday, December 6, 2019

One of the most exciting things during my otherwise normal day during my childhood was seeing the mailman walk up to the house.  Occasionally my Uncle would send a note packed with a few goodies.  Or maybe a NHL team would finally return an autograph that I had requested in spam-like fashion through multiple letters because of a book I had picked up at a school book fair (remember those?) that told you how to send away for autographs from sports teams or actors.  Other than that, I didn't get much mail but it was still exciting to see what would show up that day for Mom or Dad.  Junk mail.  Bills.  Letters.  Catalogs!

I'd often grab the catalogs and pour over them before turning them over to my folks.  It didn't matter the store.  It didn't matter what they sold... more often than not they had a toy section!  Most everyone back in the 80's and 90's, myself included, lived for the moment the Sears Wish Book arrived in late Summer or early Fall.  I remember as a kid these things were the size of small phone books and the smell of the ink and paper can take me back if I catch a whiff in a new circular today.


In an effort to do something special for this site and a chance to take another road trip into yesteryear... I picked up an edition of the 1992 annual Sears Wish Book for cheap on eBay and scanned in some pages for you to enjoy!