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Fan Poll: Favorite Sesame Street Christmas Production

Discussion in 'Sesame Street' started by Phillip, Dec 20, 2011.

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What is your favorite Sesame Street Christmas production?

  1. A Sesame Street Christmas Carol (2006)

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  2. A Special Sesame Street Christmas (1978)

    3 vote(s)
    5.9%
  3. Christmas Eve on Sesame Street (1978)

    43 vote(s)
    84.3%
  4. Elmo Saves Christmas (1996)

    3 vote(s)
    5.9%
  5. Elmo's Christmas Countdown (2007)

    2 vote(s)
    3.9%
  6. Elmo's World: Happy Holidays (2002)

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%

  1. Phillip

    Phillip Administrator Staff Member

    With the Christmas holiday now in full force, we thought it would be fun to discuss and debate your favorite Sesame Street Christmas productions.

    Today we are discussing the specials featuring the Sesame Street characters. Vote in the poll above and then list your ranking of the Sesame holiday favorites. (We'll have another thread for Henson Family productions later this week. We're discussing Muppet Christmas productions here.)

    Let us know your thoughts and feedback on the Sesame Street holiday productions.
  2. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    There is NO contest... Christmas Eve on Sesame Street is too great a special. Elmo Saves Christmas would be a distant second... and all the way at the lonely bottom is a Very Special Sesame Street Christmas for me. It's too much a 1970's variety show for its own good. And Michael Jackson's the only guest that doesn't sing, and the only guest I wanted to hear sing.
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  3. MuppetsFan4Life

    MuppetsFan4Life Active Member

    I like Elmo's Christmas Countdown. It's such a fun special to watch, even though it's more modern than the others. Elmo Saves Christmas never fails to make me cry, especially with the parts with Big Bird, but as a kid, I always had nightmares about that special.
  4. redBoobergurl

    redBoobergurl Well-Known Member

    I used to watch Christmas Eve on Sesame Street in the middle of the summer when I was a kid. I loved that special and still do. The music in it just warms my heart.
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  5. HG Jago

    HG Jago New Member

    Christmas Eve on Sesame Street hands down. Great storyline, and features most of the best material from the "Merry Christmas from Sesame Street" LP.
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  6. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I think Elmo's Christmas Countdown is very much the same concept of Special Sesame Street Christmas, focusing on celebrity guest stars, but it does a far superior job with it. It has more Sesame Street characters, the celebrities actually sing Christmas songs in a Christmas special. Okay, I double checked... they DID sing some Christmas music in a medley at the end of Special Christmas.

    Though I have some problems with the pacing of ECC... I really hate how that reindeer news anchor keeps basically taunting Ben Stiller Elf the entire time. Still, it was more fun to watch than Special Christmas, which had me cringe every other minute.
  7. heralde

    heralde Well-Known Member

    Yeah that's pretty much right, the '70s was a unique decade indeed, lol.
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  8. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Having outside writers and directors that didn't understand the show didn't help either.

    This Tough Pigs review has all the details

    I'd rather they kept Ernie and Bert over Anne Murray and Broadway song rights.
  9. superboober

    superboober Member

    Hands down Christmas Eve on Sesame Street, not least of all given that it has Jim's personal touch on it, which the others lack.
  10. heralde

    heralde Well-Known Member

    The one thing I liked about A Very Special Sesame Street Christmas was the bit about the snow plow pushing the snow back in front of the stoop, I've definitely been there, lol.
  11. CherryPizza

    CherryPizza Active Member

    CEoSS gets my vote for so many reasons: The retro aspect, the heart, the ensemble cast (it wasn't called Big Bird's Special Christmas, after all), the mixture of humour and passion coming from stories rather than silly 'stunt' premises, and the simple fact that it reflects the Street's golden era in so many ways.

    ASSSC was not a Sesame Street special by any stretch of the imagintion. It was a cookie cutter 70s variety special, sprinkled with SS to justify its existence. Oh, yeah... and Ethel Merman singing rarely works in anything's favour.
  12. beakerboy12

    beakerboy12 Well-Known Member

    Christmas Eve on Sesame Street is my pick, no question! All the plots and subplots are so well-written and heartwarming and a Christmas classic nonetheless. Also, the answers the kids have for explaining Santa coming down the chimney and the ones Kermit reads off are hilarious!

    Besides, the only other Sesame Christmas thing I've seen is Elmo's World: Happy Holidays and it cannot hold a candle to Christmas Eve on Sesame Street. The only things I really liked about it were that they actually sang "Jingle Bells" instead of replacing it with the topic word.
  13. 6. Elmo's World: Happy Holidays
    5. Elmo's Christmas Countdown
    4. A Sesame Street Christmas Carol
    3. A Special Sesame Street Christmas
    2. Elmo Saves Christmas
    1. Christmas Eve on Sesame Street

    CEoSS wins, but ESC is a very close second and will always be a honored part of my childhood. :jim:
  14. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    EWHH is good for educating kids about the other 2 major holidays, even showing the religious side of Christmas with a Nativity pageant. And they even managed to make a plot in it where Elmo actually emotes. A total improvement over the actual Elmo's World segments. I'd go as far as saying if Elmo's World were more like the special, it wouldn't be such a pointless waste of 15 minutes. Something more complex than 15 minutes on where your nose is? Imagine how great that would be.
  15. 2tal

    2tal New Member

    Christmas Eve on Sesame Street is the best for me. The others have moments but just a cup too much sugar!-D
  16. Mary Louise

    Mary Louise Active Member

    Christmas Eve on Sesame Street is one of my most favorite specials! :) How many kids have worried about how Santa Claus gets down skinny little chimneys, or into homes with no chimneys? And I love Bob's advice to get me through the post-Christmas letdown: "Think of this Christmas day when Christmas is far away."
  17. heralde

    heralde Well-Known Member

    The very first time I saw this special I kept insisting to my parents that Santa slides down the chimney, only to hear one of the kids on the show had the same idea, lol.

    I got to meet Bob at a Barnes and Noble signing a few years ago and he sang "Keep Christmas With You" for the audience. It was such a beautiful moment, I definitely teared up, hehe. And he was very nice and signed my Sesame Street Christmas Sing Along record album. :wisdom:
  18. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    My ranking:
    1. Christmas Eve on Sesame Street
    2. Elmo Saves Christmas
    3. Elmo's Christmas Countdown
    4. Elmo's World: Happy Holidays

    I have not seen A Special Sesame Street Christmas or A Sesame Street Christmas Carol. I've read the Tough Pigs article on SSSC, and I've seen some clips from both specials online (I've watched parts of A Special Sesame Street Christmas on YouTube but never all of it). But if I were to see them, I'd expect to rank both higher than the Elmo's World special (and I'd expect to put SSSC higher than ECC).

    As for what I've seen, Christmas Eve on Sesame Street and Elmo Saves Christmas are the only really good SST Christmas specials. The others are mediocre at best. The only parts of Elmo's Christmas Countdown I really enjoy are "The Bert and Ernie Christmas Special" and "I Want a Snuffleupagus for Christmas". I saw a review of the special whcih said that Kevin James played a version of Santa that we've never seen before, and I don't quite know what it means by that (though I'm tempted to say that his Santa is just as bad as if not worse than Paul Blart).
  19. Mary Louise

    Mary Louise Active Member

    Lucky you. Bob was one of my favorite adults on Sesame Street. Such a sweet man, with a sweet voice. And you got to meet him. I’m green with envy. :)
  20. heralde

    heralde Well-Known Member

    Aw, well you never know what can happen. ;) Yeah I love how Bob brought such a sense of culture to the show. :)


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