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"Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire", also known as The Simpsons Christmas Special, is the first full-length episode of the long-running animated television series The Simpsons, originally aired on the Fox network on December 17, 1989. Homer, Marge, and Maggie attend Bart and Lisa's Christmas pageant at Springfield Elementary School. Later, at home, Marge writes a letter for the family's Christmas cards while Homer is getting out the Christmas decorations, and Bart and Lisa are writing their Christmas wish lists. After Marge finishes writing the letter, Bart and Lisa show her their wish lists; Lisa wants a pony, and Bart asks for a tattoo. When Marge, Bart, and Lisa go Christmas shopping at the mall the next day, Bart sneaks away to the tattoo store, where he tries to get a tattoo of a heart with the word "Mother" written across it. However, Marge catches him in the act and has to spend the family's Christmas money getting Bart's tattoo removed, assuming that Homer's Christmas bonus will cover future costs. But meanwhile, at the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant, Mr. Burns announces that the unskilled workers, including Homer, will not be receiving a Christmas bonus this year. When Homer returns home and hears about the loss of their Christmas money, he decides not to tell Marge his own bad news. (more)
- In the 2020 Annie Awards ceramony, the Netflix original film Klaus won a total of 7 awards, including Best Feature, while DreamWorks How to Train Your Dragon: Homecoming, the follow-up special to the Annie-nominated How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, won the Best Special Production Award.
- Canadian animator Blair Kitchen, whose animation credits included A Miser Brothers' Christmas, passed away at the age of 43 on January 5th.
- Jerry Herman, composer of Hello, Dolly and Mrs. Santa Claus, died at the age of 88 on December 26th.
- Lee Mendelson, executive producer of the Peanuts animated specials and shows, died at the age of 86 on December 25th.
- Actor/singer René Auberjonois died on December 8th at the age of 79. Best known for the role of Father Mulcahy in the original M*A*S*H movie and voicing Chef Louis in Disney's The Little Mermaid, he also portrayed Sumner in The Christmas Star and Ned in A Smoky Mountain Christmas, and also voiced the evil stranger in The Smurfs' Christmas Special and Leonard McLeish in the 2010s Pound Puppies animated series (including its Christmas episode).
- Caroll Spinney, who performed as Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch on Sesame Street from its debut up until his retirement last year, died at the age of 85 on December 8th.
- CBS Corporation and Viacom officially reunited into a single company known as ViacomCBS on December 4th.
- 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).
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- Christmas at the Madison (Hallmark Channel)
- The Christmas Company (Hallmark Channel)
- Christmas on the Range (INSP)
- Christmas on the Square (Netflix)
- A Christmas Prince: The Royal Baby (Netflix)
- The Christmas Project 2 (Up)
- Everyday is Christmas (TV One)
- Southern Comfort (BET)
- Starring Christmas (Hallmark Channel)
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