The Top 8 Old-School Holiday Specials and Where You Can Watch Them This Year

The Top 8 Old-School Holiday Specials and Where You Can Watch Them This Year

I think we can all agree that kids today are spoiled, with their participation trophies, their reliable internet access, and their high-definition cartoons. Particularly that last one. At the risk of sounding like a Scrooge, I have to say I miss the old days of badly animated holiday specials. You remember the ones, when the entire show looked like something your Uncle Larry drew after he had a bad trip. So in the spirit of taking it old-school, back to the days when Claymation was considered cutting edge, here’s a ranking of the top eight old-school holiday specials, along with when you can catch them this year.

8.) The Little Drummer Boy (1968)

When/Where: Saturday, December 5th, 12noon EST on ABC Family

Based on the classic Christmas carol, the first entry on this list is a special about a poor boy who joins the three wise men in journeying to the manger where Jesus is born. The only issue is that while the wise men have gifts for the baby Jesus, the only thing the boy has to offer are his sick drum beats. Good thing babies can’t really open gifts anyway.

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Jenna Crowley

Jenna used to be known as 2NOTBrokeGirls, but then one of the girls actually went broke, so she's struck out on her own. Jenna spends her free time saving the world, one sorority girl at a time (usually while wearing yoga pants), questioning why she decided to get a doctorate, documenting her love of all things cheese related, and hosting the new PGP podcast Don't Take It From Us. You can ask her anything you want about football, using your boobs to get what you want, and pizza at @JennaLCrowley on Twitter or via email at

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