Margaret Hamilton

Christmas Garland

Merry Christmas 2023

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Karen Carpenter Merry Christmas Darling, 1978

This is from the Carpenters' second Christmas special, featuring Karen singing her and Richard's monster holiday hit, written in 1946 by Frank Pooler.

I've been posting a version of this clip every year for decades now, as it is one of my top holiday favorites.

Angel In the Christmas Play, 1978

This is a song-and-dance skit from the Carpenters' second television Christmas special, A Christmas Portrait. The angels are Georgia Engel, Kristy McNichol, and Karen Carpenter. As much as possible, I toned down the annoying canned laugh track from this skit, which kept drowning out the audio of the angels' singing. Kristy is the only surviving angel; she dropped out of acting several years ago to pursue other interests outside of the public eye.

Aunt Jemima Buckwheat Pancakes, 1955

Yes, this is what television viewers got to see in the 1950s—visuals and language that would surely generate woke boycotts if they aired it today. If you think this one is inappropropriate, wait 'til you see the Camel Carton one in the next column.

Marlboro Country, 1960s

Strictly all music and no sales pitch, this was one of the most popular holiday ads in the '60s. Even non-smokers liked the music and visuals of Marlboro Country, so much so that Marlboro released a vinyl album or two of related music.

Christmas Medley, Johnny Mathis 1965

From the '60 television show, Shindig, here's a very young and very fit Johnny Mathis lip-sync'ing songs from his newly released Christmas album. This black-and-white show is in terrible condition; it took a lot of effort to make it somewhat acceptable. Johnny's delightful medley is replaced with the stereo version right off the album.

Borden's Egg Nog, 1960

Borden's is not exactly a well-known household name, but in the East and Midwest (about 14 US states), the name is familiar. In this holiday ad, the entire Borden family of dairy mascots appears: Elsie (who was created in 1936), husband Elmer, and son Beauregard. Borden products have been around for many decades and are well-regarded.

Sleigh Ride, Carpenters 1977

From the first Christmas special, one of the better skits from the show, when the duo were looking their best, especially Karen. The 1977 show had one too many very corny parts, not at all up to the standards of the 1978 Christmas special.

Kodak Brownie Movie Camera, 1959

Television ad that was likely broadcast during one of the Christmas showings of Ozzie and Harriet and the boys, Ricky and David. In its heyday, Kodak produced the most popular, reliable, and affordable film cameras of the day, along with its quality film types/rolls. The digital era all but killed the corporation; it survived and even branched out into other areas, such as pharmaceuticals.

The source copy of this ad was black-and-white; I don't know if it was originally in color.

TV Ad Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, 1966

Promotional ad for 1964's holiday show, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, featuring the voice and singing of Burl Ives. In the ad, the announcer mentions "...Sunday, December 4th...", which did not occur in 1964; rather, it occurred in 1966, so I am assuming that was the year of this broadcast.

The colors in this copy were so washed out that the clip appeared nearly black-and-white and was filled with debris and scratches. It has been cleaned up, colorized, and the audio is enhanced.

Christmas Garland

Peter Returns Home, Folgers 1986

Peter returns home—presumably from college—to his adoring family. This ad was such a holiday favorite that it not only ran for several years after its introduction, it was followed by a redo with different actors ten years later...and the redo was a huge mistake, judging from the number of hilarious parodies that followed.

Greg Wrangler plays Peter; you can find more about him and this ad at this site (it's an old page, but still accurate). Wrangler is still around, still appearing in television ads and soaps. He's one of those lucky people who get better looking as they age, and that's why we hate him (just kidding).

Copies of this ad elsewhere are mostly blurry and muddled-sounding. We've enhanced both the visual quality and audio on this one.

Bing Crosby White World of Winter, 1965

From 1965's holiday edition of The Hollywood Palace, here's Bing singing a seldom-heard but catchy winter song. Most copies of this show are black-and-white; this one is in true color, along with a true-stereo audio version of the song.

Crosby often emceed this weekly series throughout the years (Wiki says 31 times, including the very first and very last shows). His most famous episodes, however, were the holiday ones, which included his wife and kids...Americans always looked forward to these holiday specials thoughout the 1960s and 1970s.

Two Oldest Norelco Santas, 1960s

Two special ads are featured in this clip: The first is a partial clip of what I believe to be the very first Norelco Santa television ad. I cannot locate a complete copy of this ad anywhere, but I'm pretty sure it still exists. The second ad is the more widely known version from mid-1960s, featuring the narration of Peter Thomas.

I understand that what you see in these ads is probably as good as the quality gets; I read that the master copies are long gone. Regarding the second version, a substandard version or two is also on that big site; they were lifted from a site I created many years ago.

André Champagne, 1970s

Enduring favorite, the clinking of the champagne glasses officially ushers in the holiday season for many people. I don't watch the tube much anymore, so am not sure if this ad still comes around today, in one form or another.

The Christmas Song, Andy Williams 1966

Andy's annual Christmas shows were the most popular TV holiday fare in their time. Like Bing's shows, Andy surrounded himself with family and friends, such as his talented brothers, who sang in perfect harmony with Andy.

In this clip, Andy's relaxed style, his mom sitting in the background making bows, the fireplace, the Christmas tree...all combined, the warmth of Christmas couldn't be better embraced. I was always fascinated with his ability to hit those high notes, and he does just that near the end of the song.

Miller High Life Christmas Card, 1981

Delightful "Christmas card" from Miller High Life beer, absent of the usual marketing sales pitch. It's too bad that corporations can't see how impactful these kinds of ads can be; currently Philo is running the same flavor of ads: No sales pitches, just scenes and sounds of everyday life. Philo calls them "breaks from commercial breaks".

So it is with this beer commercial. I understand that people liked this ad so much, Miller brought it back year after in the 1970s and 1980s. This copy happens to be from Christmas 1981, but it is exactly the same as in previous years.

White Christmas, Last Performance Bing Crosby, 1977

From Bing's last annual Christmas show; he passed away shortly after it was recorded and before it was first televised. His wife introduced the show in memory of her husband.

As usual, Bing was in perfect pitch, even though he didn't look healthy (pale skin; mostly expressionless eyes). When recording was done, he mentioned to family that he really enjoyed doing this show, which was filmed in England.

Surprisingly, this show was not recorded in stereo. I've slightly enhanced the audio to suggest stereo without going overboard on the effect.

Dick Van Dyke for Kent Cigarettes, 1965

Oh yes, in the late 1950s and early 1960s, giving cartons of cigarettes as Christmas gifts was not unusual. In general, non-holiday cigarette ads were among the most memorable in that era; the Christmas ads, however, were often lame, like this one.

No doubt, this was a hastily created ad by the actors for one of the holiday airings of the show. No music, silly dialogue, and judging from Rose Marie's pasted-on smile at the end, no interest.

Camel Holiday Carton Cigarettes, 1950s(?)

Stop-motion animation was very big in the early 1960s, so I'm not certain if this ad is actually from the late sounds like a 1950s ad, but may actually be from the 1960s.

Scary looking Santa (those eyes...) happily singing the praises of Camel cigarettes as Christmas gifts. What could be more thoughtful? I've colorized this ad, which actually improves the viewing experience...the busy details—in black-and-white—were headache inducing.