Christmas Eve on Sesame Street

Day 24: The Season 2 finale brings Advent to a close with the first Christmas special I ever remember watching, 1978’s “Christmas Eve on Sesame Street.”

On This Episode

  1. Mike Westfall (@fallwestmike, sometimes-food enthusiast with a taste for rotary phones.
  2. Erin Evans (@mserinmevans), tiny figure skater dancing to the slowest, clumsiest rendition of Feliz Navidad.
  3. Joey O. (@ImGonnaDJ24), obsessive vampire with the world’s greatest ice-skating cape, from Y-Not Radio and Words with Nerds).

Topics and Tangents

  1. My taped copy of this is interrupted in the middle by a WHYY telethon with Philadelphia TV legend Ed Cunningham.
  2. The Count’s amazing ice-skating cape.
  3. The wibbly-wobbly physics of Oscar’s trash can.
  4. Olivia married the Predator.
  5. The subway ride reveals an actual clue into how to get to Sesame Street.
  6. A cameo by the seldom remembered Mr. Macintosh, usually a fruit vendor, here selling Christmas trees.
  7. If you want to go read about Northern Calloway (David) and his off-screen troubles and tragic death, go right ahead.
  8. The adorable 2-year-old girl too little for her own vocabulary trying to explain that Santa pushes a magic button to go down chimneys is now in her 40s.
  9. That time Big Bird got lost in the Metropolitan Museum of Art and got everyone locked inside overnight in “Don’t Eat the Pictures.”
  10. An oral history of Mr. Snuffleupagus’s revelation as not imaginary.
  11. Oscar holds a broom like it’s Not His Broom.
  12. Ernie’s pajamas look like the background of the “Trololo” video.
  13. Joey makes my Christmas by assuring me I didn’t imagine “The Candy Apple News Company.”

Previous Episodes of This Podcast Mentioned

After This Episode

Bonus: Listen to my guest appearance on the Two Bad Neighbors podcast discussing my favorite Christmas-adjacent episode of The Simpsons, “Marge Be Not Proud.”

Then go relax or take a nap or something. Hope you enjoy your Christmas!

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