Archive for the 'TV Holiday Specials' Category

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

Friday, November 18th, 2011

ABC Television Network will celebrate the start of the holiday season with the classic half-hour animated Thanksgiving-themed PEANUTS special, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, created by late cartoonist Charles M. Schulz, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 24 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET)

more info: All About A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

(December 23) Today we’re celebrating. . .  Festivus

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

Festivus
Ahhh yes. Festivus. The holiday “for the rest of us!” Get out your aluminium pole and get ready to “air your grievances” because its one of our favorite holidays!

Festivus was first introduced in the famous Seinfeld episode “The Strike” in which Frank Costanza, father of the beloved George Costanza, tells how he created Festivus in response to the commercialization of Christmas. But in reality Festivus has been around since the 1960′s and was “rediscovered” by the Seinfeld writers.

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A highlight of the festival is the Festivus Pole. Simple. Unadorned. Strikingly aluminium.

While its a bit late to get your Festivus pole for this years celebration, there is always next year. And the website of the Wagner Companies in Milwaukee is a great place to start. And don’t forget to check out their great video explaining the vast and humorous history of the Festivus holiday.

Why yes even Santa’s elves are getting into the holiday spirit!

Bonus Video!
“Gather around the rest of us
The time has come for Festivus!

photo credit: Festivus Poles (Wagner Companies)

links:
wikipedia: Festivus
Festivus Poles (Wagner Companies)
Festivus Video

Did You Know? Countdown to Thanksgiving (11/21)

Sunday, November 21st, 2010

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Did You Know?
Facts, Figures &
Folklore about the Pilgrims
& America’s Thanksgiving

Nov 21 : 04 days till Thanksgiving

Did you know that while there are many “Thanksgiving Day” parades held across the country, the most famous has to be the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City?

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is held annually every Thanksgiving Day and is televised nationally by NBC. The parade features parade floats with specific themes, scenes from Broadway plays, large balloons of cartoon characters and TV personalities, and high school marching bands.

The float that traditionally ends the Macy’s Parade is the Santa Claus float, the arrival of which is an unofficial sign of the beginning of the Christmas season.

Thanksgiving Day in America is a time to offer thanks, a time for family gatherings and holiday meals. A time of turkeys, stuffing, and pumpkin pie. A time for Indian corn, holiday parades and giant balloons. We are delighted to invite you to partake in our Thanksgiving celebration. Our table is full this year, but we always have room for one more! So join us for a new Did You Know? each day as we count down to Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving will be celebrated on Thursday November 25th.

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Did You Know? Countdown to Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (01/12/10)

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

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Did You Know?
Facts, Figures & Folklore
about Martin Luther King &
the Civil Rights Movement

Jan. 12 : 06 Days to MLK Day

Did you know that in 1961, President John F. Kennedy created the Committee on Equal Employment Opportunity?

In that same year, the first black students were admitted to the University of Georgia.

Did you know that in 1962, civil rights organizers launched a massive voter registration campaign within the black community in Mississippi?

The effort was largely unsuccessful, due to poll taxes and reading tests that were still in place in Mississippi and other Southern states to bar blacks from voting.

Also in 1962, James Meredith, a black college student from Mississippi, won his Supreme Court case to be granted admission to the University of Mississippi. Federal troops were sent by President Kennedy to protect Meredith and ensure his full enrollment.

Each year on the third Monday of January schools, federal offices, post office and banks across America close as we celebrate the birth, the life and the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

It is a time for the nation to remember the injustices that Dr. King fought. A time to remember his fight for the freedom, equality, and dignity of all races and peoples. A time to remember the message of change through nonviolence.

Join us for our look at the past 60 years of the civil rights movement and our countdown to Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Monday January 18, 2010.

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Muppets & Jimmy Fallon in singing the "12 Days of Christmas"

Thursday, December 24th, 2009

The Muppets join Jimmy Fallon & his show band “the Roots” in singing the 12 Days of Christmas

How DOES Santa get into the White House?

Monday, December 14th, 2009

The President and Mrs. Obama fill Oprah in on how Santa Claus gets into the White House…

…Why down the chimney of course!

It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown Video!

Monday, October 26th, 2009

Attention Charlie Bowniacs! It’s time for the best Halloween TV special of all time – It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown!

It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, Part 1 (1/3)

Click for parts for parts 2 & 3

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