In the weird and goofy genre of holiday television specials, tradition becomes an occasion for counterculture subversion.
Coming Out In ChristmastownSince its first broadcast in 1964, Rankin-Bass' TV special Rudolph has built a cult following in the LGBT community. Saving it from its own era has always been an act of intervention.
Frogtown Hollow BluesWhat do fans of a Christmas special do when changes in format and ownership disrupt a holiday tradition? In the age of the digital revolution, they edit.
Christmas Is A Big Commercial RacketIn 1965, Charles Schulz delivered a heartfelt plea for authenticity. In its thorny relationship to corporate interests, A Charlie Brown Christmas reflects the complexity of our own relationship to the holiday.