It Was The Night Before Christmas: A Visit from St. Nicholas

It Was The Night Before Christmas: A Visit from St. Nicholas

The Night Before Christmas was originally a 1968 Animated Christmas Television Special, with background music provided by the Norman Luboff Choir.  It was shown regularly for about 10 years as a holiday special, but has since disappeared from television.  The classic holiday animated short film tells the heartwarming true story of how Clement C. Moore came to write the Christmas poem beloved by generations of children, and includes a joyous retelling of the charming A Visit from St. Nicholas.

In the film, Clement Moore goes on a short trip just before Christmas to give a series of lectures at a university, and he promises to get his daughter Charity a storybook about Santa Claus for Christmas while he is away.  Charity develops pneumonia while he’s gone, and the doctor says she might not survive.  When Clement arrives back home, he’s distraught to see his beloved daughter near death.  Making things even worse, he hadn’t found any books about Santa Claus when he went shopping, and even through her fever she’s asking for one.  Feeling that he had broken his promise, he decides to write a story of his own and read it to her; it is the story which became A Visit from St. Nicholas.

The Night Before Christmas: A Visit from St. Nicholas (1968)

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A Christmas Story: The Very Sexy Electric Leg Lamp

A Christmas Story: The Very Sexy Electric Leg Lamp

A Christmas Story: The Leg Lamp is a very humorous nine-minute short film, part of the 1983 comedy movie A Christmas Story directed by Bob Clark.The film has since become a holiday classic and has been shown numerous times on television during the Christmas season.The movie is based on a nostalgic comic novel named In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash, by Jean Shepherd, the radio humorist, who also narrates it. Shepherd remembers the obvious things, like fights with the bullies at school, and getting into impenetrable discussions with younger kids who do not quite know what all the words mean. He remembers legendary schoolteachers and hiding in the cupboard under the sink and having fantasies of defending the family home with a BB gun.

But he also remembers, warmly and with love, the foibles of parents. The old man in A Christmas Story is not an enthusiast of anything, just simply an enthusiast. In The Leg Lamp, old Mr. Parker wins A Major Award after entering a trivia contest out of the newspaper, which asked for the name of The Lone Ranger’s nephew’s horse (thanks to his wife, who supplied the correct answer: Victor). A large crate arrives and inside is a lamp that’s shaped like a woman’s very sexy leg wearing a garter and fishnet stockings, much to Mrs. Parker’s displeasure. He insists on displaying it in the living-room front window, because it is the most amazing lamp he has ever seen. Of course, his wife is mortified beyond words!

A Christmas Story: The Very Sexy Electric Leg Lamp

“A Christmas Story” House and Museum

Wrapping presents while watching little Ralphie pine for a Red Riding BB gun has become a holiday tradition as beloved and durable as candy canes and eggnog. On Christmas Eve, TBS will again present its annual 24-hour marathon of Bob Clark’s modern classic, A Christmas Story, which you will be able to view in its entirety here.

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