December 14, 2014
The Christmas Visitor (1959)
T'was the night before Christmas and all through the house not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
Santa Claus comes down the chimney on Christmas Eve. As he unloads parcels, he takes a break to smoke a cigar, and settles down to enjoy the feast prepared for him. The toys that he has brought escape from their packages. The parcels unwrap, and the toys come to life. A beautiful doll is captured by a villainous jack-in-the-box. A rescue attempt by wooden soldiers is repulsed. Just as the doll is about to be run down by a train, a sailor switches the points. Santa finishes his cigar, casually replaces the toys in their boxes, and proceeds on his way.
"The Night Before Christmas"
A Visit from St. Nicholas", also known as "The Night Before Christmas" and "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" from its first line, is a poem first published anonymously in 1823, and later attributed to Clement Clarke Moore, who acknowledged authorship in 1837.
Snow Foolin (1949)
Various animals prepare for winter and enjoy a variety of winter sports. A hen invites us to follow her bouncing egg and sing along to Jingle Bells. Finally, a turtle dispenses hot coffee to a bird on her nest.