A Special Sesame Street Christmas is a 1978 TV special starring the human cast of Sesame Street plus Big Bird, Barkley, and Oscar the Grouch in a retelling of the classic tale Christmas Carol with Oscar of course playing the role of the scrooge that does not like Christmas. Three ghosts (all celebrities) show up to show him the error of his ways. In a departure for the series, this was the first special to air on a commercial network, airing on CBS the same year as Christmas Eve on Sesame Street.
- The Cameo: Young Michael Jackson plays a fellow reading a joke book about ghosts. Oscar chats with him and offers to trade the junk book for some junk of his own. Michael offers it for free. Cute exchange between the two.
- The Grinch: Oscar, or more technically he's playing the role of Scrooge.
- Spiritual Successor: over twenty eight years later Oscar would resume his role of Scrooge in a new take on A Christmas Carol.
- Yet Another Christmas Carol: Quite obviously Oscar the Grouch takes the role of Scrooge and three different celebrities are the ghosts that must show him the error of his ways.