Do You Remember These Forgotten Christmas Specials From the 1980s?

by Amanda Glover

With Christmas right around the corner, you’re likely feeling a bit nostalgic. There are many classic Christmas specials, but what about the forgotten Christmas specials?

Have you been re-watching some of your old favorite holiday specials from your childhood? It’s hard to forget about the 1969 Frosty the Snowman. How can any of us ever forget the adorkable top-hat-wearing snowman that shouts: ‘Happy Birthday’ whenever he returns on Christmas Day?

It’s also tough to forget everyone’s favorite red-nosed reindeer, Rudolph. How else would Santa and the other reindeer be able to fly the sleigh at night? It doesn’t matter if he’s a little different; different is what ended up saving Christmas

He might’ve been a bit of a grump, but The Grinch was still a huge part of most of our Christmas movie traditions. It would’ve been hard to nickname someone a “Grinch” if there was no one to gain that inspiration from.

But, the 1980s had some good ones too. Since there are quite a few forgotten Christmas specials, we’re here to serve some happy reminders!

Forgotten Christmas Specials from the 1980s

In Pee-wee’s Playhouse Christmas Special, Pee-Wee had a busy holiday. He taught a child how to ice-skate, he went on a sleigh ride with Magic Johnson, he made holiday cards with Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello, and did so much more! He also made a wish list 1.5 miles long! Okay, you’re kind of pushing it, buddy.

In The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus, the story pulls away from some of the more familiar tales of the famous giver of presents. The Great Aks tells the story of Santa Clause to the leaders of the Immortals. He does this hoping they will grant Santa the gift of immortality. Maybe this was supposed to be how Santa became a famous immortal being?

In Leprchauns’ Christmas Gold, an Irish sailor is stranded on an island full of Leprechauns. The sailor soon finds himself assisting them in protecting their gold from a greedy old Hag. Sounds like a bit of a crossover with Christmas and St. Patrick’s Day!

In The George Burns (Early,) Early, Early Christmas Special, veteran George Burns finally got around to hosting his first Christmas special on November 16, 1981. He was also lucky enough to be joined by Bob Hope as Santa Claus, and the “Raw Satin” dancers. George Burns is the type of person who loves it when Christmas begins being celebrated in November. He loves when Christmas decorations start appearing in stores right after Halloween. He is happy to listen to Christmas music starting November 1st. You will never see or hear him complain about Christmas being celebrated even though Thanksgiving hasn’t yet happened,