Category Archives: Christmas

‘Miracle on 34th Street’ opens in New York City 70 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Jun 4 1947)


Video: 'Miracle on 34th Street' trailer

(Wednesday, June 4, 1947, doors opened at 10:30 a.m. EDT)Miracle on 34th Street, a Christmas comedy-drama film about a department store Santa who claims to be the real thing, opened this morning at the Roxy Theatre at 153 West 50th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues, just off Times Square in New York City. Continue reading ‘Miracle on 34th Street’ opens in New York City 70 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Jun 4 1947)

‘Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!’ debuts on CBS-TV 50 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Dec 18 1966)


Video: '"Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas!" - Full TV Special Cartoon (Aired December 18, 1966)'

(Sunday, December 18, 1966, 7:00 p.m. EST)Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, a Christmas animated musical comedy television special based on the eponymous children’s book by Dr. Seuss, premiered tonight on CBS. Continue reading ‘Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!’ debuts on CBS-TV 50 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Dec 18 1966)

The Beatles release ‘Pantomime: Everywhere It’s Christmas’ 50 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Dec 16 1966)


Video: 'Everywhere It's Christmas - The Beatles (1966)'

(Friday, December 16, 1966) — The Beatles’ fourth Christmas record, “Pantomime: Everywhere It’s Christmas,” was sent to members of band’s UK fan club today. Continue reading The Beatles release ‘Pantomime: Everywhere It’s Christmas’ 50 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Dec 16 1966)

NORAD begins tracking Santa 60 years ago today (Dec 24 1955)


Video: 'NORAD Tracks Santa 60th Anniversary'

(Saturday, December 24, 1955, Christmas Eve) — The Continental Air Defense Command Operations Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado, found itself fielding phone calls from children wanting to know the whereabouts of Santa Claus today after a newspaper ad mistakenly gave the Center’s number.

The result was a tradition continued by the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) of tracking Santa’s location the night before Christmas.

‘The Gift of the Magi’ short story published 110 years ago today (Dec 10 1905)


Video: 'THE GIFT OF THE MAGI by O. Henry, presented by classic-tales.net'

(Sunday, December 10, 1905) — The O. Henry short story “The Gift of the Magi” about a young married couple and how they deal with the challenge of buying secret Christmas gifts for each other with very little money was published today in the New York Sunday World magazine under the title “Gifts of the Magi.”

Unofficial Christmas truce continues along Western Front 100 years ago today (Dec 25 1914)

Video: 'The Great War episode 2 Stalemate' (Dec. 25, 1914, at 51:48)

(Friday, December 25, 1914, Christmas Day; on the Western Front of the First World War) — An unofficial Christmas truce that began yesterday held today along parts of the Western Front today between British and German soldiers who, in some cases, exchanged gifts and even played soccer with each other. Continue reading Unofficial Christmas truce continues along Western Front 100 years ago today (Dec 25 1914)