(Jim Hill’s article appeared in the Huffington Post, 12/10; via Pam Green.)

Here's a challenge for all of you Christmas trivia buffs out there: Name the first-ever animated holiday special produced especially for television.

If you were thinking Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, you'd be wrong. That much-beloved Rankin-Bass production didn't debut on NBC until December 6, 1964. Likewise A Charlie Brown Christmas (That Peabody Award-winning program didn't premiere on CBS 'til December 9, 1965) and Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas (This Chuck Jones-directed holiday favorite didn't bow on the Tiffany Network until December 18, 1966).


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