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The best-remembered of several {{Christmas Special}}s featuring the [[TheMuppets Muppets]]; it could probably be better called ''A [[Creator/JimHenson Henson]] Family Christmas''. It originally aired on Creator/{{ABC}} in 1987.

Fozzie Bear has packed up the Muppets crew and brought them with him to surprise his mom for Christmas. There's just one problem: mom's scheduled a trip to Malibu and rented out the farm house to Doc (of ''Series/FraggleRock''), who's looking forward to a quiet Christmas in the country. Throw in the Fraggles themselves, the ''Series/SesameStreet'' gang, and even a bit of ''WesternAnimation/MuppetBabies'', and HilarityEnsues.
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!!This special provides examples of:
* AddedAlliterativeAppeal: Bert and Ernie's "small talk" with Doc.
* ArtShift: In a meta sense. The ''WesternAnimation/MuppetBabies'' segment is puppeteered, matching the rest of the show but differing from the cartoon. The puppets (with the exception of Baby Animal) were re-used from ''Film/TheMuppetsTakeManhattan'', officially going from Piggy's dream sequence to actual backstory status.
* BatFamilyCrossover: The only time you'll ever see the four cornerstones of early Muppetdom (''Series/TheMuppetShow'', ''Series/FraggleRock'', ''Series/SesameStreet'', and ''WesternAnimation/MuppetBabies'') in the same place. Don't expect it to ever happen again, as the ''Sesame Street'' characters are now owned by a different company, ''Fraggle Rock'' is [[Creator/TheHub only known to those with cable]], and ''Muppet Babies'' will be [[KeepCirculatingTheTapes tied up in legal red tape]] until the end of time.
* BilingualBonus: As usual, most of the Swedish Chef's dialogue is a lot of incomprehensible babble interspersed with enough English to follow. But when he first arrives at the farmhouse, he greets Kermit with a cheery "''Glaedelig Jul!''" Yep, that means "Merry Christmas" -- in Danish, not Swedish.
* TheCameo: During the final sequence, Uncle 'Traveling' Matt is singing alongside Doc and Sprocket.
* CarnivoreConfusion: One of the Swedish Chef's shticks; in this special the turkey tries to get out of being cooked by siccing the Chef on Big Bird instead. Before Big Bird arrives, he also attempts to persuade the Chef that Sprocket is a turkey, which leads to what may be the best line of the entire special:
--> '''Doc:''' I don't ''care'' if the turkey says the dog is the turkey! The dog is not the turkey! The ''turkey's'' the turkey, you turkey!
* ChristmasSongs: Lots of them. Sometimes they're justified, such as the ''Sesame Street'' caroling sequence.
* CoolOldGuy: Doc proves to be one of these, once he gets past his initial grumpiness.
* CoolOldLady: Emily Bear.
* CreatorCameo: Jim Henson himself shows up at the very end, looking on from the kitchen doorway and commenting. "Well, Sprocket, it looks like they're all having a good time. I like it when they have a good time." Fittingly, this would be the last major Muppet production made in his lifetime.
* CrossCastRole: Bert dons a woman's nightgown during "'Twas the Night Before Christmas".
-->'''Ernie:''' C'mon, Bert. Somebody has to play Mama, and you lost the toss!
* CutenessProximity: After the ''Muppet Babies'' segment, Doc admits that "even weirdos are cute when they're babies!"
-->'''Gonzo:''' I knew you'd learn to love us!
-->'''Doc:''' I didn't say ''that''.
** Oscar, though, doesn't share the opinion of the ''Sesame Street'' play:
-->'''Mrs. Bear:''' Oh, aren't they adorable.
-->'''Oscar:''' Don't encourage them!
* DeadlineNews: A gag carried over from the regular ''Muppet Show'', when the newscaster reports on the storm and states that barometers are falling sharply. And no, he's not hit by the storm, he's [[VisualPun hit by falling barometers]].
* DescriptionCut: As they drive to his mother's farm, Fozzie gives Kermit a nostalgic description of what she will be doing at that very moment; cut to the farm, revealing that he is incorrect in every detail.
* DidMomJustHaveTeaWithCthulhu: Well, StatlerAndWaldorf are hardly ''Cthulhu'', but...
* DramaticThunder: Count von Count IS in this, after all. Also when the Turkey initially sics the Swedish Chef on Big Bird, we hear thunder booming for no apparent reason except to heighten the drama (except there ''isn't any lightning'' at that part!)
* DubInducedPlotHole: Or rather, ImportationExpansion Plot Hole. The first thought of many young Britons on seeing it was "Why is Sprocket owned by some guy called Doc? What happened to the lighthouse keeper (from the British version of ''Series/FraggleRock'')?"
* FurryConfusion: Several:
** Rowlf has a conversation with Doc's (Muppet but non-anthro) dog Sprocket.
---> '''Doc:''' (''amused'') Don't you hate it when you can't speak the language?
** An anthro turkey hits on non-anthro chicken Camilla.
** Kermit gives Piggy [[PrettyInMink a mink]] for Christmas - a live one that proclaims herself Piggy's biggest fan.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Miss Piggy at one point asks a rude man very quietly but firmly if he'd like to have children someday. (Yes, threat of castration, or at least a really good GroinAttack. Just one of the unique spins Piggy brings to the Season.) This is one of the scenes which were deleted from the video release.
* GrumpyBear:
** Doc, who's had his holiday plans upended.
** But what about Mrs. Bear?
--->'''Mrs. Bear:''' You think YOU'RE disappointed? I just took three months of surfing lessons for ZIP!
** And [[TheGrinch Oscar]], of course:
-->'''Oscar:''' ''(while caroling)'' I will NOT sing this song!
* [[HalfDressedCartoonAnimal Half Dressed Muppets]]: You can tell that the gathering at the end of the show is a special occasion, because even the Muppets who are normally not dressed (e.g. Kermit) have put on special duds.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Lampshaded with Bert and Ernie, who play a couple for a presentation of ''Literature/TwasTheNightBeforeChristmas''. (Bert's humiliated that he's "Mama", Ernie responds that ''someone'' had to and he lost the coin toss.)
* IAmNotWeasel: Fozzie's mom mistakenly refers to Kermit as a lizard several times.
* IGotARock: In this case, it's apparently a good thing. The "nice yellow pebble" has been a Fraggle gift thirty-seven times, then is given to Robin, then is given to Grover.
* LetsMeetTheMeat: The turkey seems rather nonchalant about being, as Gonzo notes, "in the wrong place at the wrong time".
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: [[CaptainObvious Duh]].
* MindYourStep: There's a running gag about an icy patch in front of the door. "Careful of the icy patch!" greets each new visitor - [[NowYouTellMe after they've already slipped]].
* OffscreenCrash: Can be heard while Piggy is calling Kermit from a PhoneBooth during the storm.
* PekingDuckChristmas: Subverted. The Swedish Chef first intends to cook a turkey for Christmas, until he sees Big Bird ("Gobbla gobbla humunga!") and tries to kill him instead. Big Bird, in his innocent oblivious way, completely charms the Chef, who decides that his feast is going to feature "shredded wheat and cranberry sauce."
* PetTheDog: When trying to figure out sleeping arrangements, Rizzo considers bunking with Oscar - and the usually-antisocial Grouch admits he likes the idea of having a rat in his trash can.
* PrettyInMink: Piggy's dress for the finale has fur trim; and then, of course, Maureen the Mink takes this trope UpToEleven in the literal sense.
* RunningGag:
** "Careful of the icy patch!"
** Emily Bear thinking Kermit is a lizard.
** Sesame Street small talk.
* SantaClaus: Santa appears at the end and starts handing out presents -- and sounding suspiciously like Doc, who is suddenly nowhere to be seen.
* ShoutOut: When it's pointed out that Gonzo's [[InterspeciesRomance not a chicken like his girlfriend]]:
-->'''Gonzo:''' Well, [[Film/SomeLikeItHot nobody's perfect]].
* SnowedIn: The gang must weather "the worst blizzard in fifty years," while Kermit worries about Miss Piggy, who is apparently lost in it.
* {{Snowlems}}: Fozzie builds a snowman who promptly comes alive and shares his sense of humor.
* ThatRemindsMeOfASong: "Well, everybody, it's Christmas Eve and the tree is trimmed, so it's time for our annual carol sing!"
* ThrowTheDogABone: Fozzie actually gets some laughs when he teams up with the snowman. One of the woodland creatures even calls them the funniest comedy team in the business.
* TooSpicyForYogSothoth: You know it's cold when the ''snowman'' wants to come in and warm up.
* TrueMeaningOfChristmas: Robin the Frog defines it for the Fraggles as a time when "you gather together with the people you love, and you wish each other peace on Earth."
* UnderTheMistletoe: Kermit and Piggy at the very end.
* TheUnintelligible: Good thing they didn't have Beaker do a solo on the more obscure carols...
* VisualPun: Grover plays a mouse for ''Twas The Night Before Christmas'', and he's carrying a bowl...
** DontExplainTheJoke: ...which, as he spells out, he is not stirring. (As in "Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.")
* WhatsAHenway: Fozzie and the snowman's act feature ''two'' jokes of this type.
* YouMeanXmas: The Fraggles have never heard of Christmas, but coincidentally happen to celebrate a very similar holiday, the "Festival of the Bells," at the same time.
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--> '''Statler:''' Hey, this page is comparing us to Cthulhu!
--> '''Waldorf:''' Well, you're an Old One, but you sure aren't Great!
--> '''Both:''' Do-ho-ho-hoh!

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[[caption-width-right:350:A portion of [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters the cast]] poses for the closing shot.]]
The best-remembered of several {{Christmas Special}}s featuring the [[TheMuppets Muppets]]; it could probably be better called ''A [[Creator/JimHenson Henson]] Family Christmas''. It originally aired on Creator/{{ABC}} in 1987.

Fozzie Bear has packed up the Muppets crew and brought them with him to surprise his mom for Christmas. There's just one problem: mom's scheduled a trip to Malibu and rented out the farm house to Doc (of ''Series/FraggleRock''), who's looking forward to a quiet Christmas in the country. Throw in the Fraggles themselves, the ''Series/SesameStreet'' gang, and even a bit of ''WesternAnimation/MuppetBabies'', and HilarityEnsues.
----
!!This special provides examples of:
* AddedAlliterativeAppeal: Bert and Ernie's "small talk" with Doc.
* ArtShift: In a meta sense. The ''WesternAnimation/MuppetBabies'' segment is puppeteered, matching the rest of the show but differing from the cartoon. The puppets (with the exception of Baby Animal) were re-used from ''Film/TheMuppetsTakeManhattan'', officially going from Piggy's dream sequence to actual backstory status.
* BatFamilyCrossover: The only time you'll ever see the four cornerstones of early Muppetdom (''Series/TheMuppetShow'', ''Series/FraggleRock'', ''Series/SesameStreet'', and ''WesternAnimation/MuppetBabies'') in the same place. Don't expect it to ever happen again, as the ''Sesame Street'' characters are now owned by a different company, ''Fraggle Rock'' is [[Creator/TheHub only known to those with cable]], and ''Muppet Babies'' will be [[KeepCirculatingTheTapes tied up in legal red tape]] until the end of time.
* BilingualBonus: As usual, most of the Swedish Chef's dialogue is a lot of incomprehensible babble interspersed with enough English to follow. But when he first arrives at the farmhouse, he greets Kermit with a cheery "''Glaedelig Jul!''" Yep, that means "Merry Christmas" -- in Danish, not Swedish.
* TheCameo: During the final sequence, Uncle 'Traveling' Matt is singing alongside Doc and Sprocket.
* CarnivoreConfusion: One of the Swedish Chef's shticks; in this special the turkey tries to get out of being cooked by siccing the Chef on Big Bird instead. Before Big Bird arrives, he also attempts to persuade the Chef that Sprocket is a turkey, which leads to what may be the best line of the entire special:
--> '''Doc:''' I don't ''care'' if the turkey says the dog is the turkey! The dog is not the turkey! The ''turkey's'' the turkey, you turkey!
* ChristmasSongs: Lots of them. Sometimes they're justified, such as the ''Sesame Street'' caroling sequence.
* CoolOldGuy: Doc proves to be one of these, once he gets past his initial grumpiness.
* CoolOldLady: Emily Bear.
* CreatorCameo: Jim Henson himself shows up at the very end, looking on from the kitchen doorway and commenting. "Well, Sprocket, it looks like they're all having a good time. I like it when they have a good time." Fittingly, this would be the last major Muppet production made in his lifetime.
* CrossCastRole: Bert dons a woman's nightgown during "'Twas the Night Before Christmas".
-->'''Ernie:''' C'mon, Bert. Somebody has to play Mama, and you lost the toss!
* CutenessProximity: After the ''Muppet Babies'' segment, Doc admits that "even weirdos are cute when they're babies!"
-->'''Gonzo:''' I knew you'd learn to love us!
-->'''Doc:''' I didn't say ''that''.
** Oscar, though, doesn't share the opinion of the ''Sesame Street'' play:
-->'''Mrs. Bear:''' Oh, aren't they adorable.
-->'''Oscar:''' Don't encourage them!
* DeadlineNews: A gag carried over from the regular ''Muppet Show'', when the newscaster reports on the storm and states that barometers are falling sharply. And no, he's not hit by the storm, he's [[VisualPun hit by falling barometers]].
* DescriptionCut: As they drive to his mother's farm, Fozzie gives Kermit a nostalgic description of what she will be doing at that very moment; cut to the farm, revealing that he is incorrect in every detail.
* DidMomJustHaveTeaWithCthulhu: Well, StatlerAndWaldorf are hardly ''Cthulhu'', but...
* DramaticThunder: Count von Count IS in this, after all. Also when the Turkey initially sics the Swedish Chef on Big Bird, we hear thunder booming for no apparent reason except to heighten the drama (except there ''isn't any lightning'' at that part!)
* DubInducedPlotHole: Or rather, ImportationExpansion Plot Hole. The first thought of many young Britons on seeing it was "Why is Sprocket owned by some guy called Doc? What happened to the lighthouse keeper (from the British version of ''Series/FraggleRock'')?"
* FurryConfusion: Several:
** Rowlf has a conversation with Doc's (Muppet but non-anthro) dog Sprocket.
---> '''Doc:''' (''amused'') Don't you hate it when you can't speak the language?
** An anthro turkey hits on non-anthro chicken Camilla.
** Kermit gives Piggy [[PrettyInMink a mink]] for Christmas - a live one that proclaims herself Piggy's biggest fan.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Miss Piggy at one point asks a rude man very quietly but firmly if he'd like to have children someday. (Yes, threat of castration, or at least a really good GroinAttack. Just one of the unique spins Piggy brings to the Season.) This is one of the scenes which were deleted from the video release.
* GrumpyBear:
** Doc, who's had his holiday plans upended.
** But what about Mrs. Bear?
--->'''Mrs. Bear:''' You think YOU'RE disappointed? I just took three months of surfing lessons for ZIP!
** And [[TheGrinch Oscar]], of course:
-->'''Oscar:''' ''(while caroling)'' I will NOT sing this song!
* [[HalfDressedCartoonAnimal Half Dressed Muppets]]: You can tell that the gathering at the end of the show is a special occasion, because even the Muppets who are normally not dressed (e.g. Kermit) have put on special duds.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Lampshaded with Bert and Ernie, who play a couple for a presentation of ''Literature/TwasTheNightBeforeChristmas''. (Bert's humiliated that he's "Mama", Ernie responds that ''someone'' had to and he lost the coin toss.)
* IAmNotWeasel: Fozzie's mom mistakenly refers to Kermit as a lizard several times.
* IGotARock: In this case, it's apparently a good thing. The "nice yellow pebble" has been a Fraggle gift thirty-seven times, then is given to Robin, then is given to Grover.
* LetsMeetTheMeat: The turkey seems rather nonchalant about being, as Gonzo notes, "in the wrong place at the wrong time".
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: [[CaptainObvious Duh]].
* MindYourStep: There's a running gag about an icy patch in front of the door. "Careful of the icy patch!" greets each new visitor - [[NowYouTellMe after they've already slipped]].
* OffscreenCrash: Can be heard while Piggy is calling Kermit from a PhoneBooth during the storm.
* PekingDuckChristmas: Subverted. The Swedish Chef first intends to cook a turkey for Christmas, until he sees Big Bird ("Gobbla gobbla humunga!") and tries to kill him instead. Big Bird, in his innocent oblivious way, completely charms the Chef, who decides that his feast is going to feature "shredded wheat and cranberry sauce."
* PetTheDog: When trying to figure out sleeping arrangements, Rizzo considers bunking with Oscar - and the usually-antisocial Grouch admits he likes the idea of having a rat in his trash can.
* PrettyInMink: Piggy's dress for the finale has fur trim; and then, of course, Maureen the Mink takes this trope UpToEleven in the literal sense.
* RunningGag:
** "Careful of the icy patch!"
** Emily Bear thinking Kermit is a lizard.
** Sesame Street small talk.
* SantaClaus: Santa appears at the end and starts handing out presents -- and sounding suspiciously like Doc, who is suddenly nowhere to be seen.
* ShoutOut: When it's pointed out that Gonzo's [[InterspeciesRomance not a chicken like his girlfriend]]:
-->'''Gonzo:''' Well, [[Film/SomeLikeItHot nobody's perfect]].
* SnowedIn: The gang must weather "the worst blizzard in fifty years," while Kermit worries about Miss Piggy, who is apparently lost in it.
* {{Snowlems}}: Fozzie builds a snowman who promptly comes alive and shares his sense of humor.
* ThatRemindsMeOfASong: "Well, everybody, it's Christmas Eve and the tree is trimmed, so it's time for our annual carol sing!"
* ThrowTheDogABone: Fozzie actually gets some laughs when he teams up with the snowman. One of the woodland creatures even calls them the funniest comedy team in the business.
* TooSpicyForYogSothoth: You know it's cold when the ''snowman'' wants to come in and warm up.
* TrueMeaningOfChristmas: Robin the Frog defines it for the Fraggles as a time when "you gather together with the people you love, and you wish each other peace on Earth."
* UnderTheMistletoe: Kermit and Piggy at the very end.
* TheUnintelligible: Good thing they didn't have Beaker do a solo on the more obscure carols...
* VisualPun: Grover plays a mouse for ''Twas The Night Before Christmas'', and he's carrying a bowl...
** DontExplainTheJoke: ...which, as he spells out, he is not stirring. (As in "Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.")
* WhatsAHenway: Fozzie and the snowman's act feature ''two'' jokes of this type.
* YouMeanXmas: The Fraggles have never heard of Christmas, but coincidentally happen to celebrate a very similar holiday, the "Festival of the Bells," at the same time.
----
--> '''Statler:''' Hey, this page is comparing us to Cthulhu!
--> '''Waldorf:''' Well, you're an Old One, but you sure aren't Great!
--> '''Both:''' Do-ho-ho-hoh!
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29th Dec '12 7:16:54 AM PaulA
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Added DiffLines:

* DescriptionCut: As they drive to his mother's farm, Fozzie gives Kermit a nostalgic description of what she will be doing at that very moment; cut to the farm, revealing that he is incorrect in every detail.
29th Dec '12 7:13:20 AM PaulA
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* HeterosexualLifePartners[=/=]HoYay: Lampshaded with Bert and Ernie, who play a couple for a presentation of ''Literature/TwasTheNightBeforeChristmas''. (Bert's humiliated that he's "Mama", Ernie responds that ''someone'' had to and he lost the coin toss.)

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* HeterosexualLifePartners[=/=]HoYay: HeterosexualLifePartners: Lampshaded with Bert and Ernie, who play a couple for a presentation of ''Literature/TwasTheNightBeforeChristmas''. (Bert's humiliated that he's "Mama", Ernie responds that ''someone'' had to and he lost the coin toss.)



* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: You'd be hard-pressed to get a copy of the uncut network broadcast version on an actual tape, because the official home video releases had to cut out several scenes due to music-rights issues. And don't bother hoping Disney will release a Special Uncut Edition, since the video rights for ''Series/SesameStreet'', ''Series/FraggleRock'', and even ''WesternAnimation/MuppetBabies'' (yes, the main characters ''themselves'' in baby form) are owned by other companies.
** The European release supposedly has most (or all?) of the songs intact, and is only missing a couple scenes. Still, [[NoExportForYou don't expect it in America anytime soon]].
** The full, uncut version of the special is available for viewing in the library at the [[http://www.paleycenter.org/ Paley Center for Media]] (formerly the Museum of TV & Radio) in New York City and (presumably) at their West Coast branch in Beverly Hills, CA. The special is also shown for the public in the Center's theater during the Holiday season.



* StatlerAndWaldorf: Fozzie gets the shock of his life when the hecklers arrive at the farmhouse, and he's informed that they are old friends of his mother's who visit her every Christmas.
29th Dec '12 7:10:31 AM PaulA
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* ContinuityNod: When Doc introduces himself to Ernie and Bert:
-->'''Bert:''' Did you know that 'Doc' starts with the letter D?
-->'''Doc:''' Why, yes.
-->'''Ernie:''' 'Yes'. 'Yes' starts with the letter Y!
-->'''Doc:''' True...
-->'''Ernie:''' And 'true' starts with the letter T!
-->'''Doc:''' Hey, what is this?
-->'''Bert:''' Where we come from, this is small talk.
** As Kermit looks out the window at the blizzard Piggy's trapped in, Doc casually turns to the Count:
--->'''Doc:''' There is one worried frog.
--->'''Count:''' Aha! That's one! One worried frog!
--->'''Robin:''' Oh, he's not the only one.
--->'''Count:''' That's two! ''Two'' worried frogs! Ah ah ah ah! *lightning flashes*
--->'''Sprocket:''' *confused questioning whine*
--->'''Doc:''' Search me. More small talk, I think.



* RunningGag: "Careful of the icy patch!"

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* RunningGag: RunningGag:
**
"Careful of the icy patch!"patch!"
** Emily Bear thinking Kermit is a lizard.
** Sesame Street small talk.
29th Dec '12 7:07:58 AM PaulA
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Fozzie Bear has packed up the Muppets crew and brought them with him to surprise his mom for Christmas. There's just one problem: mom's scheduled a trip to Malibu and rented out the farm house to Doc (of ''FraggleRock''), who's looking forward to a quiet Christmas in the country. Throw in the Fraggles themselves, the ''Series/SesameStreet'' gang, and even a bit of ''MuppetBabies'', and HilarityEnsues.

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Fozzie Bear has packed up the Muppets crew and brought them with him to surprise his mom for Christmas. There's just one problem: mom's scheduled a trip to Malibu and rented out the farm house to Doc (of ''FraggleRock''), ''Series/FraggleRock''), who's looking forward to a quiet Christmas in the country. Throw in the Fraggles themselves, the ''Series/SesameStreet'' gang, and even a bit of ''MuppetBabies'', ''WesternAnimation/MuppetBabies'', and HilarityEnsues.



* ArtShift: In a meta sense. The ''MuppetBabies'' segment is puppeteered, matching the rest of the show but differing from the cartoon. The puppets (with the exception of Baby Animal) were re-used from ''TheMuppetsTakeManhattan'', officially going from Piggy's dream sequence to actual backstory status.
* BatFamilyCrossover: The only time you'll ever see the four cornerstones of early Muppetdom (''Series/TheMuppetShow'', ''Series/FraggleRock'', ''Series/SesameStreet'', and ''MuppetBabies'') in the same place. Don't expect it to ever happen again, as the ''Sesame Street'' characters are now owned by a different company, ''Fraggle Rock'' is [[TheHub only known to those with cable]], and ''Muppet Babies'' will be [[KeepCirculatingTheTapes tied up in legal red tape]] until the end of time.

to:

* ArtShift: In a meta sense. The ''MuppetBabies'' ''WesternAnimation/MuppetBabies'' segment is puppeteered, matching the rest of the show but differing from the cartoon. The puppets (with the exception of Baby Animal) were re-used from ''TheMuppetsTakeManhattan'', ''Film/TheMuppetsTakeManhattan'', officially going from Piggy's dream sequence to actual backstory status.
* BatFamilyCrossover: The only time you'll ever see the four cornerstones of early Muppetdom (''Series/TheMuppetShow'', ''Series/FraggleRock'', ''Series/SesameStreet'', and ''MuppetBabies'') ''WesternAnimation/MuppetBabies'') in the same place. Don't expect it to ever happen again, as the ''Sesame Street'' characters are now owned by a different company, ''Fraggle Rock'' is [[TheHub [[Creator/TheHub only known to those with cable]], and ''Muppet Babies'' will be [[KeepCirculatingTheTapes tied up in legal red tape]] until the end of time.



* CarnivoreConfusion: One of the Swedish Chef's shticks; in this special the turkey tries to get out of being cooked by siccing the Chef on Big Bird instead.
** The Swedish Chef also mistakes Doc's dog for a turkey as well, which leads to what may be the best line of the entire special:

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* CarnivoreConfusion: One of the Swedish Chef's shticks; in this special the turkey tries to get out of being cooked by siccing the Chef on Big Bird instead.
** The Swedish
instead. Before Big Bird arrives, he also attempts to persuade the Chef also mistakes Doc's dog for that Sprocket is a turkey as well, turkey, which leads to what may be the best line of the entire special:



* DubInducedPlotHole: Or rather, ImportationExpansion Plot Hole. The first thought of many young Britons on seeing it was "Why is Sprocket owned by some guy called Doc? What happened to the lighthouse keeper (from the British version of ''FraggleRock'')?"

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* DubInducedPlotHole: Or rather, ImportationExpansion Plot Hole. The first thought of many young Britons on seeing it was "Why is Sprocket owned by some guy called Doc? What happened to the lighthouse keeper (from the British version of ''FraggleRock'')?"''Series/FraggleRock'')?"



* GrumpyBear: Doc, who's had his holiday plans upended. And [[TheGrinch Oscar]], of course:
-->'''Oscar:''' ''(while caroling)'' I will NOT sing this song!

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* GrumpyBear: GrumpyBear:
**
Doc, who's had his holiday plans upended. And [[TheGrinch Oscar]], of course:
-->'''Oscar:''' ''(while caroling)'' I will NOT sing this song!
upended.



** And [[TheGrinch Oscar]], of course:
-->'''Oscar:''' ''(while caroling)'' I will NOT sing this song!



* HeterosexualLifePartners[=/=]HoYay: Lampshaded with Bert and Ernie, who play a couple for a presentation of ''TwasTheNightBeforeChristmas''. (Bert's humiliated that he's "Mama", Ernie responds that ''someone'' had to and he lost the coin toss.)

to:

* HeterosexualLifePartners[=/=]HoYay: Lampshaded with Bert and Ernie, who play a couple for a presentation of ''TwasTheNightBeforeChristmas''.''Literature/TwasTheNightBeforeChristmas''. (Bert's humiliated that he's "Mama", Ernie responds that ''someone'' had to and he lost the coin toss.)



* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: You'd be hard-pressed to get a copy of the uncut network broadcast version on an actual tape, because the official home video releases had to cut out several scenes due to music-rights issues. And don't bother hoping Disney will release a Special Uncut Edition, since the video rights for ''Series/SesameStreet'', ''FraggleRock'', and even ''MuppetBabies'' (yes, the main characters ''themselves'' in baby form) are owned by other companies.

to:

* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: You'd be hard-pressed to get a copy of the uncut network broadcast version on an actual tape, because the official home video releases had to cut out several scenes due to music-rights issues. And don't bother hoping Disney will release a Special Uncut Edition, since the video rights for ''Series/SesameStreet'', ''FraggleRock'', ''Series/FraggleRock'', and even ''MuppetBabies'' ''WesternAnimation/MuppetBabies'' (yes, the main characters ''themselves'' in baby form) are owned by other companies.



* SantaClaus: Doc

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* SantaClaus: DocSanta appears at the end and starts handing out presents -- and sounding suspiciously like Doc, who is suddenly nowhere to be seen.



-->'''Gonzo:''' Well, [[SomeLikeItHot nobody's perfect]].

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-->'''Gonzo:''' Well, [[SomeLikeItHot [[Film/SomeLikeItHot nobody's perfect]].



* YouMeanXMas: The Fraggles have never heard of Christmas, but coincidentally happen to celebrate a very similar holiday, the "Festival of the Bells," at the same time.

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* YouMeanXMas: YouMeanXmas: The Fraggles have never heard of Christmas, but coincidentally happen to celebrate a very similar holiday, the "Festival of the Bells," at the same time.
16th Dec '12 6:00:30 PM ThePocket
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* CreatorCameo: See "Crowning Moment of Heartwarming"

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* CreatorCameo: See "Crowning Moment of Heartwarming"Jim Henson himself shows up at the very end, looking on from the kitchen doorway and commenting. "Well, Sprocket, it looks like they're all having a good time. I like it when they have a good time." Fittingly, this would be the last major Muppet production made in his lifetime.



** At one point Doc comes in from the snowstorm and says "it's cold enough out there to freeze your Winnebago".
** When Fozzie tells Kermit his new partner is a snowman, Kermit responds with, "[[GoshDangItToHeck The heck you say!]]"



* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: You'd be hard-pressed to get a copy of the uncut network broadcast version on an actual tape, because the official home video releases had to cut out several scenes due to music-rights issues. And don't bother hoping Disney will release a Special Uncut Edition, since the video rights for ''Series/SesameStreet'' and ''FraggleRock'' are owned by other companies.

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* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: You'd be hard-pressed to get a copy of the uncut network broadcast version on an actual tape, because the official home video releases had to cut out several scenes due to music-rights issues. And don't bother hoping Disney will release a Special Uncut Edition, since the video rights for ''Series/SesameStreet'' ''Series/SesameStreet'', ''FraggleRock'', and ''FraggleRock'' even ''MuppetBabies'' (yes, the main characters ''themselves'' in baby form) are owned by other companies.



* WhatsAHenway: Part of Fozzie's and the snowman's act.

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* WhatsAHenway: Part of Fozzie's Fozzie and the snowman's act.act feature ''two'' jokes of this type.
15th Dec '12 11:14:54 AM SpideyTerry
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* CrossCastRole: Bert dons a woman's nightgown during "'Twas the Night Before Christmas".
-->'''Ernie:''' C'mon, Bert. Somebody has to play Mama, and you lost the toss!



* DisguisedInDrag: Bert dons a woman's nightgown during "'Twas the Night Before Christmas".
-->'''Ernie:''' C'mon, Bert. Somebody has to play Mama, and you lost the toss!
10th Dec '12 2:46:14 AM Mdumas43073
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The best-remembered of several {{Christmas Special}}s featuring the [[TheMuppets Muppets]]; it could probably be better called ''A [[Creator/JimHenson Henson]] Family Christmas''. It originally aired on Creator/{{NBC}} in 1987.

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The best-remembered of several {{Christmas Special}}s featuring the [[TheMuppets Muppets]]; it could probably be better called ''A [[Creator/JimHenson Henson]] Family Christmas''. It originally aired on Creator/{{NBC}} Creator/{{ABC}} in 1987.
10th Dec '12 2:43:19 AM Mdumas43073
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* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Miss Piggy at one point asks a rude man very quietly but firmly if he'd like to have children someday. (Yes, threat of castration, or at least a really good GroinAttack. Just one of the unique spins Piggy brings to the Season.)
** This is one of the scenes which were deleted from the video release.

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* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Miss Piggy at one point asks a rude man very quietly but firmly if he'd like to have children someday. (Yes, threat of castration, or at least a really good GroinAttack. Just one of the unique spins Piggy brings to the Season.)
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) This is one of the scenes which were deleted from the video release.
10th Dec '12 2:16:48 AM Mdumas43073
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* CoolOldLady: Emily Bear.
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