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Christmas Eve on Sesame Street

Episode Summary

Big Bird worries Santa’s unfit for skinny chimneys, and Mr. Hooper spends Hanukkah saving Christmas. Guests: Erin Evans, Joey O. Find show notes at

Episode Notes

It’s Christmas Eve! Tune in as we bring Advent to a close with the first Christmas special I ever remember watching, from 1978.  


🎙 Guests:  

Erin Evans (@mserinmevans).  

Joey O. (Y-Not Radio, Words with Nerds, @ImGonnaDJ24).  


💬 Topics & Tangents:  

1. My taped copy of this is interrupted in the middle by a WHYY telethon with Philadelphia TV legend Ed Cunningham.  

2. The Count’s amazing ice-skating cape.  

3. The wibbly-wobbly physics of Oscar’s trash can.  

4. Olivia married the Predator.  

5. An actual clue into how to get to Sesame Street.  

6. A cameo by the seldom remembered Mr. Macintosh.  

7. If you want to go read about Northern Calloway (David) and his off-screen troubles and tragic death, go right ahead.  

8. The adorable 2-year-old girl too little for her own vocabulary trying to explain that Santa pushes a magic button to go down chimneys is now in her 40s.  

9. Don’t Eat the Pictures: Sesame Street at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  

10. An oral history of Mr. Snuffleupagus’s revelation as not imaginary.  

11. Oscar holds a broom like it’s Not His Broom.  

12. Ernie’s pajamas look like the background of the “Trololo” video.  

13. Joey makes my Christmas by assuring me I didn’t imagine The Candy Apple News Company.  


🏌️‍♂️ After This Episode:  

Listen to my guest appearance on the Two Bad Neighbors podcast discussing my favorite Christmas-adjacent episode of The Simpsons, Marge Be Not Proud.  

Then go relax or take a nap or something. Hope you enjoy your Christmas!  


“Christmas Eve on Sesame Street” © 1978 Children’s Television Workshop.  

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