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Christmas Eve on Sesame Street is an hour-long Christmas television special based on the television series Sesame Street. It was originally broadcast on PBS on Sunday, December 3, 1978, and won the 1979 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Children's Program. The opening features the inhabitants of Sesame Street enjoying an ice skating party. Big Bird has trouble skating, but a child gives him a hand, and he ends up doing very well. Bert falls victim to the antics of Ernie, Cookie Monster, and The Count as they play ice hockey with one of his shoes, clown around while barrel jumping, play a practical joke on him, and make him very dizzy in a game of Crack the Whip which somehow sent Oscar thrown into the air, tumbling down the stairs, through a couple of walls and onto the sidewalk where Big Bird and his friend, Patty (a girl around age seven) catch up to him and get him back up on his feet. After the skating party, the story leads into three principal plotlines. After Oscar questions how Santa Claus can get down a chimney, Big Bird tries to figure out how. Meanwhile, in a retelling of The Gift of the Magi, Ernie and Bert trade their most prized possessions for a gift for each other, and Cookie Monster attempts to write his letter to Santa. (more)
- The Walt Disney Company has officially launched their own streaming service, Disney+, which features numerous Christmas movies and episodes from the Disney and 20th Century Fox libraries, including the all-new exclusive movie Noelle.
- The Jim Henson Company has announced that they are producing a remake of Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas, to be scripted by songwriter Bret McKenzie (who wrote the songs for the last two Muppet movies).
- Actor Bill Macy died at the age of 97 on October 17th. Best known for his role as Walter Findlay in Maude (including its Christmas episodes), he also played Doo-Dah in Surviving Christmas and Ernie in The Holiday.
- DreamWorks Animation has announced that their latest Christmas special, How to Train Your Dragon: Homecoming, is premiering simultaneously on DVD and on NBC on December 3rd.
- Legendary comedian Rip Taylor, whose movie credits included a cameo in Home Alone 2: Lost in New York and voicing the Venus flytrap in A Flintstones' Christmas Carol, died at the age of 85 on October 6th.
- Diahann Carroll, the Oscar-nominated actress who was best known as Dominique Deveraux on Dynasty and its spin-off The Colbys, and who also appeared in The Star Wars Holiday Special, died at age 84 on October 4th.
- Animation producer and director Alan Zaslove died on October 3rd at the age of 92. Best known for producing and directing some of the Disney Afternoon shows of the 1980s and 90s, he was also an animator on A Charlie Brown Christmas, The Night Before Christmas (the 1968 version), and A Chipmunk Christmas, and later directed for several Hanna-Barbera shows in the 1980s, such as the syndicated revival of The Jetsons (including its Christmas episode).
- Eddie Money, the classic rock legend who sang "Everybody Loves Christmas" in The Santa Clause 2, died at age 70 on September 13th.
- John Wesley, known for his roles on such shows as Superhuman Samurai Syber-Squad and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, and who provided the voice of Michael's father in A Hollywood Hounds Christmas, died at age 72 on September 8th.
- Robert Axelrod, who provided the voices for Lord Zedd and Finster on Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (including its Christmas episode), died at the age of 70 on September 7th.
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