Merry Christmas Censorship

RECEIVED Fri., Dec. 1, 2006

Dear Editor,
    Re: The Year Without Santa Claus ["TV Eye," Screens, Dec. 1]: This story was also made into a Rankin & Bass stop-motion animated special in the Seventies. It was taken off the air due to protests that it emphasized mythological and pagan themes. There was no mention of Christ, to the chagrin of those who celebrate the eponymous holiday. Until recently, the special was not shown on television but could be purchased on DVD. It has found a home on ABC's Family Channel and is a part of its 25 Days of Christmas. Incidentally, the Family Channel also airs the Rankin & Bass production of The Little Drummer Boy, which was also taken off the holiday schedule in the Seventies due to unflattering portrayals of Arabs. Just a little holiday trivia. Merry Christmas!
Jill Phillips
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