A Family Circus Christmas is a 1979 animated television special, based on Bil Keane's long-running comic strip The Family Circus. It followed 1978's A Special Valentine with the Family Circus and was followed in 1982 by A Family Circus Easter. Its theme song "The Dreamer" was sung by Sarah Vaughn.


The family is decorating their tree when Daddy notices the star his father made is missing. When Billy asks Mommy why this made Daddy sad, she tells him it's because the star was made by his father, their Granddad, who is in Heaven. Jeffy then has a vivid dream about Santa, and asks him in the dream to bring Granddad home from Heaven for Christmas to make Daddy happy again. When Billy learns that Jeffy thinks this really will happen, he is afraid that Jeffy's Christmas will be ruined, since Santa can't do that. However, Jeffy doesn't understand, for when he is at a department store meeting Santa, he makes this same request. The store Santa, trying to dissuade Jeffy is in his own, says that greedy children get nothing, to which Jeffy replies he wants nothing else if his family is reunited with Granddad, making the store Santa shake his head, not sure of what else to say. Mommy tries to explain why it's not possible to Jeffy after Dolly tells her what Jeffy thinks, but he gets upset and doesn't want to hear it. That night, he gets a visit from Santa, who explains there are some things that cannot be asked for, but to show that he meant well, he reunites Jeffy with Granddad.


Voice actor Character
Anne Costello Mommy
Bob Kaliban Daddy
Mark McDermott Billy
Missy Hope Dolly
Nathan Berg Jeffy
P. J.

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Christmas Specials Based on Comic Strips
Peanuts A Charlie Brown Christmas • "The Play" • It's Christmastime Again, Charlie BrownCharlie Brown's Christmas TalesI Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown • "Christmas is on Its Way" • "Christmas is Coming"
Garfield A Garfield Christmas Special • "Heatwave Holiday" • "Caroling Capers" • "Home for the Holidays"
Popeye Seasin's Greetinks!Mister and Mistletoe • "Spinach Greetings"
Dennis the Menace "The Christmas Story" • "The Christmas Horse" • "The Fifteen-Foot Christmas Tree" • A Dennis the Menace Christmas
Other comic strips PalsThe Captain's Christmas • "Hazel's Christmas Shopping" • "A Christmas Tale" • "Krazy's Krismas" • "It's Better To Give" • "Just 86 Shopping Minutes Till Christmas" • "Christmas with the Addams Family" (1965) • A Family Circus ChristmasZiggy's GiftThe Bestest Present • "North Pole Cat" • A Wish For Wings That WorkA Christmas AngelLittle Orphan Annie's A Very Animated Christmas • "Rupert's Christmas Adventure" • "Christmas with the Addams Family" (1998) • "A Baby Blues Christmas Special" • "A Huey Freeman Christmas"
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