Christmastime always presented some of the best TV programming for a kid. Let's crack the spine of this TV Guide from 1981 and see what was playing.
Frankly, Rankin-Bass were running out of ideas at this point. In "Rudolph and Frosty", Billie Richards reprises her voice role as Rudolph as does Mickey Rooney (from "Santa Claus is Coming to Town") as Santa. Frosty makes the leap from cartoon to stop-motion animation, but is still voiced by Jackie Vernon.
Parents: "Kids, guess what! We gave you each a bicycle for Christmas"
Kids: "Where? We don't see any."
Parents: (Stifling a giggle) "Check your stockings!"
Kids: "A pack of cards? A PACK OF CARDS? This is funny? A pun on the company name to make us think we're getting new bikes just so you can have a laugh at our expense? You inhuman monsters!"
Kids begin beating parents to a pulp.
That concludes our holiday visit to 1981. Stay tuned.