A Marshmallow Christmas with Dino and Frank

It is hard to believe the clip below is about 50 years old. It shows a moment of Christmas on television like they never show any more. The annual Christmas variety show was a staple for nearly 30 years and all the big stars of music had such shows — Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Perry […]

Osmond Brothers Christmas Medley of 1969

Andy Williams’ Christmas television specials of the 1960s and 1970s were traditional seasonal viewing back in the day and the Osmond brothers practically grew up on those episodes. More or less discovered by Williams after an appearance at Disneyland in the early 1960s the Osmonds went on to a storied career as teen idols and […]

Blake and Miranda Go Home for Christmas

One of last year’s biggest Christmas television specials was Blake Shelton’s Not-So-Family Christmas. It was seen by millions but who knew then what we know now of the soap opera that has become Blake and Miranda? On day #135 of the Countdown to Christmas we take a wistful look back at not only a year […]

Mythical Beginnings of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

By Jeff Westover It is a sad story. As his wife lay terminally ill on the couch next to the family Christmas tree Robert May held his young daughter in his lap as they gazed upon a snowy December scene out the window of their Chicago apartment. Barbara, at four years old, knew all too […]