Category Archives: Yule Laugh!

Our Miss Brooks 1950 show “Christmas Tree”

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Here is a 1950 radio episode of the program, “Our Miss Brooks,” starring Eve Arden as the perpetually single and broke school teacher.

I love this show and its gentle comedy. Enjoy!

The year there were TWO Thanksgivings

Here’s a Thanksgiving episode of the Jack Benny Show from 1939. The running gag is that there were two Thanksgivings that year…and there really was!

A Newsweek Magazine 1939 cartoon that depicted which states were celebrating which Thanksgiving date. Note that the Pilgrim looks like FDR! (Wikimedia)

Thanksgiving had not yet been set as a fixed holiday, as it was set each year by Presidential Proclamation. Presidents had traditionally set Thanksgiving for the last Thursday in November as President Lincoln had first done.

But in 1939, President Roosevelt acquiesed to the request of retailers who wanted to have an additional week of Christmas gift sales. At that time, shoppers tended not to shop for Christmas presents until after Thanksgiving.

In 1939, Thanksgiving was to fall on November 30, which was so late in the month, he moved it up to the 23rd.

However, calendars had already printed Thanksgiving as the last Thursday in November. School breaks and Thanksgiving Day football games had to be rescheduled. It was quite the mess! Some states adhered to one Thanksgiving date, other states the other. Some people were so irritated, they called it “Franksgiving” (after Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Twenty-three states and the District honored the 23rd date. Twenty-two states stuck with the 30th date, including Virginia. And three states celebrated on BOTH dates!

I think we can assume the Macy’s Day Parade that year took place on the 23rd, as President Roosevelt was from New York. Here’s a clip of the Parade in 1939. Can you spot Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck?

Congress ultimately passed a law in December 1941 so that Thanksgiving would always fall on the fourth Thursday of the year.

Jack Benny was a funny man but he also gave most of the best lines to his colleagues, including Mary Livingstone, whose real name was Sadie Marks (she later had it changed legally to Mary Livingstone). In the program, Mary was a friend of Jack’s, but in real life, they were actually married. She became popular on the radio program after appearing as a stand-in for a last-minute cancellation. She received so much fan mail, NBC kept her on as a regular. She is a standout in this episode.

Freshpets Holiday Dinner (video)

Merry Christmas to you and to all our four-footed, furry friends!

Cool Yule Video: Jack Benny Goes Christmas Shopping (1960)

I’ve listened to Jack Benny radio programs for years, but I never knew he had a TV show! It’s very similar in format to the radio program. A funny and fascinating glimpse into the past.

Enjoy!

Merry Christmas, Mr. Bean (full episode)

While Christmas shopping, Mr Bean purchases a bulky string of tree lights before making a shambles of a department store toy section. He later manages to acquire a free turkey and Christmas tree, and attempts to conduct a Salvation Army band. Finally, during Christmas dinner, Bean has quite a surprise in store for his long-suffering girlfriend.

The first episode of the original Mr Bean series starring Rowan Atkinson was first broadcast on 1st January 1990. Since then Mr Bean has become known all over the world. Created by Rowan Atkinson, Richard Curtis and Robin Driscoll, there were only 14 episode of the live action series ever made

A bunch of really cute pets singing Jingle Bells (video, must watch!)

It’s the first day of December!  Just 25 days until Christmas!

To get us in the holiday spirit, let’s get started with some animals singing “Jingle Bells” because how much fun is that?

How to wrap a cat for Christmas

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer Clip: The Bumble

True story: my sister and I cried when we watched this scene. Every year, when Rudolph aired on TV. We still loved Rudolph but The Bumble terrified us.

My son thinks that is really funny.

Were you afraid of The Bumble?

Holiday Riddles for Kids

What do snowmen eat for breakfast?  Frosted Flakes.

What do you get if Santa goes down the chimney while the fire is lit? Crisp Kringle.

What do monkeys sing at Christmas?  Jungle bells…jungle bells…

How do sheep in Mexico say Merry Christmas?  Fleece Navidad!

Who delivers presents to good little baby sharks at Christmas? Santa Jaws!

What goes OH, OH, OH?  Santa walking backwards!

What did the Gingerbread Man put on his bed?  A cookie sheet!

What happens if you are naughty before Christmas? Yule be sorry!

What happened when Santa parked his sleigh in a no-parking zone? He was mistle-towed.