It seems that back in 1978, hot on the heels of the so-called Summer of Star Wars, CBS aired a holiday special of the movie. It was only aired the one time. This poor unfortunate classic wanna-be. While its parent movie was destined to be a timeless classic, this special, despite aspirations to join the ranks of The Grinch, Frosty, and Rudolph, wound up in the scrap pile like so much holiday wrapping paper. It’s hard to imagine how this missed. After all, if adding Bea Arthur and Art Carney, with a special musical appearance by Jefferson Starship, to the cast doesn’t make Mark, Carrie, and Harrison more Christmassy, then I guess nothing does.

For your viewing pleasure, the special has been boiled down to its five minute essence, which I’m sure you’ll agree is more than enough. Enjoy…

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