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Nostalgic Christmas Specials You Can’t Miss

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Growing up, TV Christmas specials were a highlight of the season. They were innocent, cheesy, and oh-so-spectacular. Honestly, who could resist the holiday stylings of the Osmonds or the Carpenters?

Whether it was Donnie & Marie or Karen & Richard, or whether it was Dean Martin, Bing Crosby, Perry Como, or Andy Williams, watching those variety shows always helped make the Christmas season merry and bright.

And how awesome is it that they can be found on YouTube?

Although Christmas variety shows are no longer the huge audience draw as they were in the ’70s, folks like Blake Shelton and Michael Bublé have manged in recent years to create family-friendly, music-driven Christmas shows. They are still a fun way to spend your time on a cold, December night.

So if you’re thinking you need a dose of Christmas nostalgia, look no further. Here’s my list of the best holiday variety show specials that are sure to make you feel festive, happy, and ready to sing along with your favorite songs of the season.


The Carpenters at Christmas – 1977 


Dean Martin Christmas Show – 1968


Donny & Marie Osmond Christmas Show – 1976


Johnny Cash & Family Christmas Show – 1977


The Andy Williams Christmas Show (The Best of)


Bing Crosby’s Merrie Olde Christmas – 1977


The Bob Hope Christmas Show – 1985


The Perry Como Christmas Show – 1974


Osmond Family Christmas Show – 1980


Michael Bublé Home for Christmas – 2011


Blake Shelton’s Not So Family Christmas (Clip) – 2012


A Very Pentatonix Christmas (Clip) – 2017

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Let us know: What were your favorite Christmas variety shows?

steveSteve is a lawyer, writer, and the lucky father of three amazing boys. Here at The Nostalgia Diaries, his goal is to help readers focus on the important things, and wants everyone to celebrate the past to create better days today.


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20 thoughts on “Nostalgic Christmas Specials You Can’t Miss

  1. I haven’t seen any of these! I had to click on the Johnny Cash one, because…. Johnny <3 Thank you so much for sharing these! Hope you are enjoying the season!! XOXO

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