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Remember When? My Favorite Easter T.V Specials

Remember when? I must have said this a hundred times over the past few weeks as we get ready for the Easter holiday.  A long, long, long ass time ago when I was young and DVD players or even VHS wasn’t yet invented, one had to fully plan their movie and television watching or risk missing something. If you missed it you’d have to wait an entire year before you could see it again, especially holiday specials. This sounds like an odd concept or completely unthinkable by most people, or at least those who didn’t grow up ‘back n the day’.

Nothing says Easter quite like the smell of vinegar, egg coloring kits, stained fingers from trying to multi-color your egg, tons of candy and chocolate, Easter egg hunts and of course those great Easter Television specials.  Again if you weren’t tuned in you missed out. The entire family and neighborhood carefully planned activities to ensure they didn’t miss these shows.

Here’s some of my favorite Easter T.V specials from years past. Remember when…

1.) The Easter Bunny Is Coming To Town (1977)

A True holiday classic from Rankin Bass that features Fred  Astaire and tells the origin of several Easter traditions. It will remind you of “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town” and “Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer” and is done using the same stop motion animation.


2.) The First Easter Rabbit (1976)

Another great T.V Easter special, this one will remind you of “Frosty The Snowman”. It includes the voice talent of Burl Ives and tells the story of a stuffed rabbit that becomes the very first Easter Bunny. The holidays just wouldn’t be the same without Rankin Bass


3.) It’s the Easter Beagle Charlie Brown (1974)

Any holiday worth celebrating has it’s own Peanuts special, Easter included. While not as popular as “The Great Pumpkin” or the Christmas special “Easter Beagle” is still a great holiday program. Any excuse to watch Charlie Brown and the gang is good with me.

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