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The Spirit of Christmas (1950)

In this family film short, a nearly all marionette cast perform a dramatization of "The Night Before Christmas" and a performance of the Nativity.

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In this family film short, a nearly all marionette cast perform a dramatization of "The Night Before Christmas" and a performance of the Nativity.

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A made-for-TV color film, rare for 1953, as color television was only being introduced gradually in the United States beginning in 1953 and most sets were black-and-white. See more »

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Edited into Retro Christmas Classics (2007) See more »

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Music from 'The Nutcracker'
Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
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A Simple Yet Great Special
26 August 2016 | by See all my reviews

This special was made years before I was born. Watching Christmas Theme Programming daily (From August-December) I found this Television Program produced in 1952 a delight. There have been many advancements in Animation since this was produced however there is something so elegant about seeing a story told with marionettes.

In this special we get 2 stories told in just 30 minutes. The first is "The Night Before Christmas" and the 2nd is "The Nativity"

Both specials are made with TLC and the makers of this film made this for children but its so well done that adults will love this as well!

This Special would be perfect to watch on Christmas Eve before your children go to bed!

This has a special "MAGIC" to it. Its almost like a storybook come to life. BUY IT!


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