Growing up, we had three, maybe four VHS tapes that we pulled out just for Christmas. All year long they'd sit in the entertainment center, filed away behind old WWF Saturday Night Main Events and a few Saturday morning cartoon blocks (Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventures was an amazing cartoon.)
The one that everyone loved, though, the Christmas special that got my mom and my dad both chuckling was what they had decided to label Kermit and Fozzy Christmas. I was in my twenties when I learned it was actually called A Muppet Family Christmas. I was also in my twenties when I learned that the TV version had cut off the first ten minutes or so. Much like Garfield, it was eye opening.
I love this special. The Muppets are incredible in any capacity (I loved the new Muppet show on ABC. Fight me!) but this... it was special. The original voice cast... the inclusion of not only all the main Muppets but the Sesame Street Muppets and even the freakin' Fraggles! This might have been where I first learned to love crossovers.
This special has it all. Singing. Hilarity. Tension. Romance. And of course the Swedish Chef trying to cook Big Bird for Christmas dinner. It's the whole package!
So please, like Garfield, if you can find it, watch A Muppet Family Christmas. I'm just going to leave this innocent, non-related YouTube video right here, though.
Keep your eyes open for my debut novel, The Paladin.