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The Year Without a Santa Claus Review

A few weeks ago, I talked about how we spent our Christmas watching a delightful Rankin/Bass Christmas special marathon, which included Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Little Drummer Boy, Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town, and Frosty the Snowman, all four of which were part of a VHS set that I used to watch a good deal back when I was a duckling.  Having not seen these movies (save for Rudolph) in probably twenty years, I was engulfed in a wave of nostalgia for the simple joys of childhood.  With the wonder of youth reignited within my soul, I decided to seek out another Rankin/Bass Christmas special, The Year Without a Santa Claus (1974), which I had never seen before.  A small bit of research prior to watching the movie made it very clear that the Miser Brothers were the highlight of the special and the main reason why people who had seen it back in the day remembered it so fondly.

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