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Christmas Trivia, Fun and Games

The three months at the end of the calendar year represent most retailers’ best hope for a successful year. Many do as much business then as in the preceding nine months. And that business revolves around the celebration of the birth of a Child more than two thousand years ago. So, in the spirit of the season, let’s take a brief look at interesting tidbits, back stories and other oddities that have developed during those years.

Christmas TV Specials

Back in the days when there were only three networks to watch, every major variety show, even dramatic shows, had Christmas specials. Lawrence Welk, Andy Williams, even Jack Webb’s Joe Friday on Dragnet managed to get in a Christmas message. The all-time popular Christmas shows, though, were the ones broadcast in 1970 and 1971 by Bob Hope. They were the 12th and the 26th most-viewed television programs in history, topping the last episode of Cheers and a bunch of Super Bowls (the most-watched ever was the last episode of M*A*S*H*).
Perhaps the longest-running Christmas show, A Charlie Brown Christmas, won an Emmy from the Television Academy of Arts and Sciences for its original broadcast during the 1965-66 season:. Bob Hope’s Christmas Special won an Emmy that year, too.
Written by Dianne Weller

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