There are a lot of classic TV Christmas specials. But as a Muppets fan who grew up in the 1980s, there was no television event that better defined most of my childhood than 1987’s A Muppet Family Christmas. In the course of just one hour, all of my favorite Muppets converged on Fozzie Bear’s mother’s farm house for a traditional holiday get-together. They watched home movies of them as Muppet Babies. Kermit and his nephew explored a cave in the basement and met the Fraggles. Just about everyone slipped and fell on an icy patch at the front door – a classic slapstick running joke that never got old.
Then, the ultimate convergence of Muppetry occurred – carolers were heard outside and who could it be? The entire cast of Sesame Street! As Big Bird, Oscar, The Count, the Two-Headed Monster and just about every other resident of Sesame Street mingled and partied with Animal, Gonzo and the Swedish Chef, my then 8-year-old mind was blown!
Here is the video from that great moment in Muppets and Sesame Street history, including Ernie and Bert’s introduction to Doc from Fraggle Rock. “Hey, what is this?,” Doc asks the orange and yellow buddies as they tell him Doc starts with “D” and “Yes” starts with “Y.” “Where we come from, this is small talk.” Happy holidays!
Our public broadcasting colleagues over at NPR recently compiled 300 of the Best Commencement Speeches, Ever and we quickly took note that a handful of PBS favorites made the list. Whether you’re a new graduate – “no longer tadpoles” as Kermit the Frog would say – or simply find inspiration with each commencement season, I invite you to browse the list and find your own favorites.
Read quotes from Ken Burns, Neil deGrasse Tyson and Fred Rogers.
We’ve heard that high winds on the East Coast might ground the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade balloons.
To offset the potential disappointment of the parade foregoing its big flying wonders, we went and found this vintage photo of the always intrepid Sesame Street News Frog Kermit reporting on his own balloon in 1977 to wish all of our Wisconsin Public Television viewers and fans a Happy Thanksgiving!
We are thankful for your support all year long! Have a great holiday!
Watch The National Christmas Tree Lighting 9 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 20 or 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 22 on Wisconsin Public Television.
It’s not often that Kermit the Frog shares the stage with President Obama and his family. Well this year, the magic of Christmas has brought them, Carson Daly and some top musical acts together for the National Christmas Tree Lighting.
Gather the family and join in the festivities held at President’s Park on the White House grounds. Some of the highlights you’ll see include: carols from Rodney Atkins, Ellie Goulding and Nickelodeon’s Big Time Rush; Michelle Obama reading ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas; and, some tree decorating tips from Kermit the Frog. Even Santa Claus takes time out of his busy schedule to see the nation’s tree.
Want to learn more? Discover some of the history behind this 89-year-old tradition at TheNationalTree.org.