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"Christmas Eve" Episode

Discussion in 'Classic Sesame Street' started by bigbird, Nov 20, 2005.

  1. bigbird New Member

    Although this was something different from the common episodes and all the skits were great, my personal favorite involved the pieces with Ernie and Bert. Ernie wanted to buy for Bert a cigar box to put his paper clip collection but had no money. Of course, this was a deal that was done at Mr. Hooper's store(where else?) Ernie was willing to trade his famed rubber duckie for the cigar box and although Mr. Hooper was making sure that that's what Ernie wanted to do, accepted the trade with a sad exit of ernie saying goodbye to his beloved pal! Just then, Bert walks in as Ernie is exiting. Bert now wants to "buy" a soap dish for Ernie to put his rubber duckie for when he takes a bath(get the picture so far?) Of course Bert has no money either but is willing to trade his paper clip collection(oh, god!) for the soap dish for Ernie. Needless to say, Mr. Hooper accepts his offer as well. The skit involving E&B finally opening their presents prove to be something really cool since neither one of them have their personal treasures to show how well they look in the presents they bought each other. Enter Mr. Hooper into their home, who gives both E&B a present each as well which turns out to be Bert's paper clip collection, and Ernie's rubber duckie. The end of the skit has both E&B puzzled as to how Mr. Hooper obtained both of their prized possessions at the same time and a hearty Merry Christmas exchanged between them both!
    As the Christmas season approaches, I could not resist recapping this one!
  2. Kimp the Shrimp Active Member

    best Ss Special ever
  3. Katzi428 Well-Known Member

    I couldn't agree more!
    (And may Jim Henson & Will Lee R.I.P. this holiday season):halo:
  4. BEAR Active Member

    And Northern Calloway!:)
  5. rumtar_10165 New Member

    I think that was better than the others. But I hope they have another that is like that one using the whole Muppet cast of Sesame Street Instead of just Elmo.
  6. D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    I loved it!!! See, their friendship means more to them than their rubber duckies and paperclips. And another thing too, Mr. Hooper was willing to give them back their prized possessions, despite the fact that now the cigar box and soap dish have yet to be paid for. But of course, Mr. Hooper wouldn't do that to them. (Cigar boxes are very useful y'know?)
    Anyway, I agree that this is the best holiday special though, the only thing I like about Elmo Saves Christmas, is where the entire street gathered for a reprise of "Keep Christmas With You (All Through the Year)" in the arbor, while the only thing I liked about Elmo's World of Happy Holidays was the fact that it was teaching about other December holidays such as Hannukuh and Kwanza.
  7. minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    Are you talking about Elmo Saves Christmas or Elmo's World: Happy Holidays?

    I haven't seen Happy Holidays, but Elmo Saves Christmas had a good mix of characters. besides Elmo, there were sub-plots given to Big Bird, Snuffy, Maria, Luis, Gabbi, Grover, and Fat Blue. Oscar had a good amount of screen time, as did The Count and Bob. Not counting background appearances, there were cameos by Kermit, Cookie Monster, Ernie, and Bert, plus background appearances by Forgetful Jones and Herry Monster.
  8. Kimp the Shrimp Active Member

    it's Elmos World the others just live in it :( really sad


    i will watch Christmas eve on SS next week or maybe i'll pull it out for my niece she is two she needs to see it
  9. Daffyfan2003 Active Member

    I agree. I watched "Elmo's World: Happy Holidays" recently and I realized that "Elmo Saves Christmas" was much better. "Happy Holiday's" focused too much on Elmo. But ESC was different. Though Elmo was the main character, a lot of others got some screen time as well.
  10. BEAR Active Member

    Well it is titled "ELMO's World: Happy Holidays.":p
  11. BEAR Active Member


    Bert and Ernie didn't need to pay him. That was Hooper's gift to them for Christmas. That was also one of the greatest Sesame Street scenes ever done, especially on Will Lee's part.

    Bert: Ernie, we didn't get Mr. Hooper anything.
    Ernie: Oh, you're right, Bert.
    Hooper: You're wrong, boys! I got the best Christmas present ever.
    Bert: What do you mean?
    Ernie: Yeah, what do you mean?
    Hooper: Well, I got see that everyone got exactly what they wanted for Christmas, huh. Merry Christmas!

    It was wonderful! In a way, I think Mr. Hooper's other sort of "present" was when Bob wished him a Happy Hannukah. That meant a lot to Hooper that Bob remembered. Little moments like that are so subtle but so important to what makes Sesame Street so special. And it just took me til recently to realize that during the quick exchange on the street where he tells Bob he has "a little erand to do," and he is holding the two boxes, that he is on his way to Bert and Ernie's.
  12. GeeBee New Member

    Thanks for remembering an often forgotten Sesame Street talent, Bear. :cool:
  13. BEAR Active Member


    Yeah, I can understand where he might be forgotten by some, but he was on the show during my childhood so of course I wouldn't forget him. People often get him and Luis confused anyway.
  14. Kimp the Shrimp Active Member

    you can never forget David he was a player
  15. GeeBee New Member

    That's why I always thought it was a mistake to exclude Ernie and Bert from sharing memories of Mr. Hooper after his death. If anyone would have had found memories of him, it would be them because of that Christmas. I particularly thought about this when Bert sang the line, "Though the years, we all will be together, if the fates allow." They could have used flashback scenes from the special and everything. Oh well, I guess they just can't fit everything in.
  16. superfan Active Member

    The whole scene is obviously a variation of the story of The Gift of the Magi. I have the movie on video tape and True Blue Miracle gets me teared up every time. It's a tradition now for daughter and I to watch it every year.
  17. BEAR Active Member


    That's wonderful that you and your daughter can share that every year. I watch the show every year too, but don't always have anyone close that I can really share it with. just not many people that share the same sort of sentiment for it as I do. Although i must say, my brother always likes the part when Grover talks to all the kids. He thinks it's hilarious because so many of the answers are so weird. We enjoy that. I think I will share this special with my girlfriend this year. While she is not as big now as I am, she still enjoys the good classic stuff. We both LOVE watching Follow That Bird and we quote it all the time. This will be our first Christmas together and it is our favorite time of year. So we are going to make a list of all the great Christmas movies and specials and watch them together. It's good having a girl who appreciates your love for Muppets and things like that. Not easy to find. Then again, it turned out we are both Disney nuts, so it all works out great. LOL.
    Anyway, this is such a beautiful special. I wish Sesame Street will make more things like it. Elmo Saves Christmas was pretty good actually, just different. It's been so long since they have done a holiday special on television. The time is now!!
  18. GeeBee New Member

    The funniest answer was when Grover asked one child how Santa fits down the chimney and he said that Santa comes down with his reindeer. That's no answer; that's another question! LOL
  19. GeeBee New Member

    It's also funny when Kermit quotes a child as saying that Santa sneaks in with the other relatives and stays all year round. Well, that would explain how he gets into ONE home, now how about all the others? :zany:
  20. Kimp the Shrimp Active Member

    i love the pushing of the button and up the step

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