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Virtual Advent Tour Day 15

Large Advent 1I have been having the hardest time deciding what to post about. I am rather obsessed with Christmas, so there were a whole bunch of different options, but it took so long to decide which topic to focus on. I tossed around talking about my typical Christmas Eve, about homemade Christmas cards, about all of the goodies we typically have, what Christmas books I need to read every year, my all-time must-have Christmas albums … but I ended up deciding to post about how Christmas isn’t Christmas without The Muppets.

I grew up on the Muppets. I watched The Muppet Show regularly with my dad, and I still love love love anything that has to do with the Muppets. So of course anything relating to both the Muppets and Christmas (my favourite time of the year) is going to be super duper awesomely awesome. Obviously.

A Christmas TogetherMy all-time favourite Christmas album is one that the Muppets do with John Denver – A Christmas Together. We had it on vinyl while I was growing up, and my first Christmas on my own I had to buy a digital copy of it from iTunes. This is still the first album I listen to every year, and has my favourite versions of Christmas songs on it: When the River Meets the Sea, The Peace Carol and Little Saint Nick (there’s something about Animal being Animal in everything that makes it pure gold!). I also cannot listen to The 12 Days of Christmas without wanting to throw in a loud “ba dum bum bum” after the “five golden rings” line every time I hear it thanks to this album.

A Muppet Family ChristmasMy other Muppets-related tradition for every Christmas is pulling out my VHS of A Muppet Family Christmas. I have to watch this movie at least once a year at Christmas time, because it has the best of The Muppet Show, Sesame Street AND Fraggle Rock. (And anyone who doesn’t know what Fraggle Rock is has no idea what on earth they are missing out on. Kids shows just aren’t as fun any more as they were back in the day.)

Typically, I’ll put this movie on while doing my Christmas wrapping, and I always pause what I’m doing when the songs come on so I can sing along. Because no one does Christmas music better than the Muppets. Take, for instance, the song below, which isn’t really a Christmas song but since the Fraggles don’t typically celebrate Christmas you can really excuse that fact. This takes place when Kermit and Robin find a Fraggle hole in Fozzy Bear’s mother’s home and they stumble upon the Fraggles for the first time. The Fraggles share their holiday tradition with Kermit and Robin – every year someone is given a small Fraggle pebble. And that pebble must be passed on to someone else the following year.

So yes, Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without A Christmas Together and A Muppet Family Christmas, and that is the Christmas tradition I decided to share with you all.

I hope you all have a happy holiday season and a wonderful new year!

Check out the other bloggers for today’s Virtual Advent Tour:

Beth @ Beth Fish Reads
Shauna @ Treasure Seekers
Brenda @ Joyful Holidays
Molly @ My Cozy Book Nook

Posted by Courtney Wilson @ 7:21 am December 15, 2009.
Category: Holidays

  • Jenn

    I love the Muppets! What a great Christmas tradition.

  • Melissa (Book Nut)

    Oh, yay for the Muppets! (I grew up on them, too.) You know what I wish? I wish that the TV show that went with the John Denver album was available on DVD. I remember watching it and loving it. Oh, well. At least I have the album. (I can’t sing the 12 Days of Christmas without adding the “ba dum bum bum” either!)

  • Julia Smith

    Wonderful Advent Tour post! Your wrapping gifts to the Muppets is a perfect image of Christmas.

  • kiirstin

    Ah ha! Have just ordered the Muppet’s version of A Christmas Carol from the library, thanks to you! I was wondering what sort of holiday movie I might be in the mood for. We’re big Muppet fans at this house. Thank you for the inspiring reminder!

  • Memory

    Man, I haven’t seen that movie in way too long! I was just a teeny tiny kid the last time I watched it. I need to find myself a copy.

  • jess


    That is all. :)

  • sprite

    I agree 100%. We just watched the Muppets’ version of A Christmas Carol this weekend. It’s good, but not as good as John Denver with them.

  • Jo

    I also grew up with John Denver and the Muppets on vinyl, but I found it on CD a few years ago — it’s now the first Christmas CD I play this time of year. Despite all the years I’ve listened to it, I still get a little choked up when John’s talking about Alfie the tree…. :)

  • Aarti

    What a fun post :-) I loved the Muppets growing up!

  • raidergirl3

    We watch the Muppet Christmas Carol too. That Muppet Family Christmas album sounds fabulous. Big Animal fan here.

    Merry Christmas!

  • molly

    Well, several have already mentioned it but I guess I will as well….my all time favorite movie rendition of A Christmas Carol is the Muppet’s version. I even show this version is class after my 7th graders have finished studying Charles Dickens’s original classic.

  • Erin

    OMG Muppets Family Christmas! I used to LOVE that movie! We were actually just talking about it at work the other day. Watch out for the icy patch!

  • kaye

    what a fun tradition and memory–My kids loved the muppets. I liked the muppets and John Denver Christmas special too.

  • CJHill

    What a wonderful, fun post! The Muppets were amazing! Thanks so much for the memories.


  • Marg

    Christmas isn’t Christmas without the Muppets! Fantastic post!

  • debnance at readerbuzz

    As always, I discover, while browsing book blogs, that there are huge elements of human culture of which I have zero knowledge. “Christmas isn’t Christmas without the…WHAT?…the Muppets?” Amazing. Must check out these Muppet Christmas shows….

  • Amanda

    Watch out for the icy patch!

    ;-) One of my all-time favorite holiday movies too.

  • Teresa (Chrissy)

    FRAGGLES! Seriously, kids these days are missing out with their yucky and weird Yo Gabba Gabba and such. *shivers* I HAVE to watch The Muppets Christmas Carol every year. Must.

    *huggles you*

  • Susan

    Oh your post brought back so many memories for me! we can still see Fraggle Rock sometimes on tv here, but the kids aren’t super interested in it. And none of them like the Muppets, which I loved!! thank you so much for writing about them!!

  • Susan

    PS I grew up with them, and while we never had any Christmas thing we had to watch, I like the Muppet Christmas movie a lot. Maybe I can sneak it into the house! lol

  • Miss Moppet

    I had a Muppets Advent Calendar, of which more in my own Advent post.

    We sang a song about the Fraggles at school, but it wasn’t very nice so I won’t repeat it!