The best rare Christmas TV specials

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There are hundreds of TV channels, but every year it seems these channels all show the same Christmas specials. It is not uncommon to see "Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer," "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," Frosty the Snowman," and "A Charlie Brown Christmas." Many other amazing Christmas specials do not air anymore. This Christmas, try to find these rare Christmas specials on DVD or through download. They are worth the effort.

'A Merry Mirthworm Christmas'

Why this delightful cartoon didn't take off and become a Christmas classic is impossible to understand. "A Merry Mirthworm Christmas" aired on the Showtime Cable Network back in 1984. It is the story a tiny town made up of worms. The town prepares for Christmas festivities and newcomer Bert wants to help. The problem is that he's clumsy and makes a mess of things. The cartoon has one of the saddest songs ever in a happy TV special. It also has some of the best clean insults in a Christmas special. "A Merry Mirthworm Christmas" is a fun for kids and adults. Bring it back or make it available on DVD!

'Twas the Night Before Christmas'

"Twas the Night Before Christmas" does air occasionally since its original airing back in the mid 70s. It is also available on DVD, but it is still a less famous Christmas TV special that deserves more attention. It is the story of the human and mouse inhabitants of Junctionville. They have fallen out of favor with Santa because of a mean letter in the newspaper. The people rush to prove to Santa that they love him and to apologize. Never mind that it makes Santa out as if he's spiteful, because the songs and story are what make the Christmas special so, well, special.

'The Bear Who Slept Through Christmas'

Ted E. Bear doesn't want to hibernate. He always hears stories about this strange thing called "Christmas," but every year he falls asleep before he finds out what it is. While the rest of the forest inhabitants sleep and don't care about the mystery, Ted E. Bear is determined to learn about Christmas. He does just that in "The Bear Who Slept through Christmas." The best things about this Christmas special are the voice overs. Tom Smothers, of Smothers Brothers fame, does the voice of Ted E. Bear. Casey Kasem, with his easily recognizable voice, narrates the entire special.

"The Bear Who Slept through Christmas" is available to watch on YouTube through Lionsgate.

'The Story of Santa Claus'

"The Story of Santa Claus" tells a very different version of how Santa Claus came into being. A poor toymaker and his wife want nothing more than to bring happiness to children. When they end up stranded in the middle of frozen nowhere, they meet magical elves that end up having to help them make their wish come true. These elves have a head wizard, voiced by Tim Curry, who wants to put a stop to it. "The Story of Santa Claus" is a silly little Christmas TV special, but it has fun songs, good humor, and great voice acting.

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