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The Year Without a Santa Claus

The Year Without a Santa Claus

"The Year Without a Santa Claus" is a beloved animated television special that first aired in 1974. It tells the heartwarming story of Santa Claus contemplating a year off due to a lack of holiday spirit. The special features an exceptional cast of characters and features delightful music that can be enjoyed for generations to come.

The story revolves around Santa Claus, portrayed by the legendary Mickey Rooney. Rooney's iconic voice brings Santa to life, capturing the warmth and cheerfulness that we all associate with the jolly old man. Santa is joined by his faithful and lovable companions, his reindeer, including the iconic duo of Rudolph and his reliable red-nosed companion, played by actor Billie Mae Richards and singer-songwriter Burl Ives, respectively.

Throughout his journey, Santa encounters a mischievous and lively trio of characters known as the Heat Miser, Snow Miser, and Mother Nature, who play significant roles in the story. These characters are voiced by the talented figures of George S. Irving, Dick Shawn, and Rhoda Mann. Their vibrant performances bring a touch of whimsy and humor to the special, making it even more captivating for viewers of all ages.

One of the most memorable aspects of "The Year Without a Santa Claus" is its enchanting music, which adds a magical touch to the story. Songs like "The Year Without a Santa Claus" and "Blue Christmas" are performed by an ensemble cast of talented singers, composers, and musicians. Notable contributors include singer Shirley Booth, songwriter Jules Bass, and producer Arthur Rankin Jr. Their creative collaboration resulted in a beautiful and melodic soundtrack that captures the spirit of the holiday season flawlessly.

If you want to relive the magic of "The Year Without a Santa Claus," you can play and download these delightful sounds here (insert link). Immerse yourself in the enchanting melodies, and let them transport you to a world filled with holiday cheer and warmth. Whether you're a long-time fan or discovering this beloved special for the first time, these songs are sure to bring a smile to your face and joy to your heart.

"The Year Without a Santa Claus" remains a timeless classic, teaching valuable lessons about the importance of belief, kindness, and the power of Christmas spirit. Its rich cast of characters, captivating storyline, and memorable songs continue to captivate audiences of all ages, making it a favorite holiday tradition in homes around the world.

So, gather your loved ones, cozy up by the fireplace, and enjoy this delightful tale that reminds us all why we should never underestimate the power of a little holiday magic.

A Christmas Eve so sad
A Christmas Eve so sad
A dog?
A holiday? Nonsense!
A little chilly humor there.
A real reindeer. How do you like that?
A secret mission.
A secret mission. I should have guessed.
A snowball in Southtown? What kind of chance is that?
A tantalizing remark
Aches in my fingers and all 10 toes.
Ah, don't mention it, and don't be such a stranger.
Ah.
Ah. That's a relief.
All right, buddy, pull over.
All right, enough of this.
All will be white overnight
All will be white overnight It will be cold
All you have to do is compromise.
ALL: He's Mr. Green Christmas
ALL: He's Mr. Green Christmas
ALL: He's Mr. Heat Blister
ALL: He's Mr. Icicle
ALL: He's Mr. Icicle
ALL: He's Mr. White Christmas
ALL: He's Mr. White Christmas
ALL: He's too much
ALL: He's too much
ALL: It will be cold On Christmas day, hey, hey
ALL: So we've been told
ALL: Too much
ALL: Too much
ALL: Uh huh.
And a sort of kind of kink inside whenever I think of that Christmas ride.
And although my curls may be showing
And besides, the doctor says I'm really not up to snuff.
And everything he does
And everything he does
And for what?
And get this. "Day off for Santa."
And he could sing the praises of heat and rain.
And Jangle Bells.
And the animals too.
And the children, they cried
And the cowboy suits?
And the crick in your spine?
And the Noah's arks?
And the Noah's arks.
And the rocking horses with shaggy manes?
And the rubber boots for splashing in parks?
And the time was growing near
And then, he blew his nose like a trumpet blast.
And there we have instant Rover.
And they had more fun that strange December, they said...
And this is what he said:
And what on earth is that?
And when that blue heartache
And with his "ho, ho, ho" I'd be going
And you wanna take him back to Santa Claus.
And your aches?
And, uh, what did you tell them?
Anyone can be Santa
Are we actually going to see...?
Aren't they supposed to be up north?
As far as they knew, Vixen was still in the pound...
As I see it, Santa doesn't want to go because nobody cares, right?
As the hours ticked away
At my age? Wha...? Who are you?
At the North Pole.
At this time of the year, especially...
Away, Dasher! Away!
Because Santa isn't coming this year.
Bells are ringing, children singing All is merry and bright
Beside your Christmas tree
Besides, believing in Santa Claus is for little kids.
Besides, I'm due for a holiday.
Blue Christmas
Bon voyage. Send us a card now and then.
BOTH: Mrs. C?
BOTH: Right.
BOTH: Right.
BOTH: What is it, Mother dear?
BOTH: What? Cover the shelves?
BOTH: Yes, Mother dear.
BOY: The dogcatcher's got your pooch!
But dreams until they all come true?
But faced with the idea of having no Christmas at all...
But frightened as we were, we were that determined...
But I'll have a blue
But it was true.
But Santa phoned the reindeer groom.
But there was a time
But we are elves. We're serious. How can we convince you?
But we live at the North Pole.
But what about your gout?
But what is it?
But, uh...
By the big Borealis, by my maps and charts...
By the way, when my friends left the schoolyard...
CHILDREN: I'll have a blue Christmas
CHILDREN: Nah.
CHILDREN: We'll build a snowman Our very first
CHILDREN: Yeah.
CHORUS [SINGING]: Here comes Santa Claus
CHORUS: It was a year without a Santa Claus
CHORUS: It was a year without a Santa Claus
CHORUS: There'll be a year without a Santa Claus
CHORUS: There'll be a year without a Santa Claus
Christmas presents for Santa Claus. Can you imagine that?
Claus. Uh huh, Claus.
Cold in my nose.
Come along.
Come on.
Consarn it, Ma. What's going on?
Cooperate? Surrender the North Pole, you call "cooperate"?
Could you let it snow? Just for one day in the south.
Crick in my back.
DAD & SANTA: Just believe in Santa Claus
DAD & SANTA: Waiting to be missed
DAD: "So you're too old for Santa Claus?"
Dasher!
Decorations so great
Did you ever hear of that terrible year...
Did you ever hear of the curious, furious, fidgety year...
Do you believe in Santa Claus?
Do you think you ought to, dear, with your cold and all?
Don't forget to wear my what?
Don't just stand there, you fools!
Don't let them get through. Singe their britches for them.
Don't you dare make fun of Santa Claus like that.
Down the chimneys with his sack
Driving a... Riding a... Uh...
East, west, north and south came gifts and gifts and gifts to spare...
Every eye shed a blue Christmas tear
Every time I try to send a little refreshing snow down there...
For such a childish rhyme
For what is happiness
Friends call me Snow Miser
Friends call me Snow Miser
Galoshes? What on earth for?
Gee, I wish there was something I could do.
Get them. Get them, get them!
GIRL [SINGING]: I'll have a blue Christmas
GIRL: Hey, kids, look at the snow. It's really snowing.
GIRL: You'll be doing all right
God bless my soul.
Good idea. Why didn't I think of that?
Gosh, did you see that?
Gosh!
Gosh.
Ha. Well, not in the last hundred years. Uh...
Hang your stockings and say your prayers 'Cause Santa Claus comes tonight
Harness the team! Fetch my coat!
Haven't got a symptom any longer.
Haven't you heard the news? Santa's taking a holiday.
He became a dream to me
He called to his elves and he told each gnome:
He didn't know it at the time, but he was going to be a much bigger help...
He said with a smile
He should have come to see me. I'd have given him a good one.
He thinks there's no Christmas spirit, no goodwill. Right?
He turns it into rain or fog, and who needs that?
He was taking their dog away in his truck and they were trying to catch him.
He's got a bag that's filled with toys For boys and girls again
He's Mr. 101
He's Mr. 101
He's Mr. Heat Blister
He's Mr. Sun
He's Mr. Sun
He's Mr. Ten Below
He's Mr. Ten Below
He's the nicest person in the whole world.
Headlines screamed, wires went humming.
Hear those sleigh bells jingle jangle What a beautiful sight
HEAT MISER: Never!
Heck, I don't believe in Santa Claus anymore.
Hello! Merry Christmas!
Hello? Snowy, this is Mrs. Claus.
Hello. Jingle Bells, number one elf speaking.
Here comes Santa Claus Here comes Santa Claus
Here comes Santa Claus Right down Santa Claus Lane
Here he comes now, the big ham.
Hey, I've got an idea.
Hi there, sugarplum. How'd you make out with the hothead?
Hi, Mrs. C.
His eye looked bright, but a tear stood in it.
Hmm, that's bad. They won't know how to take care of a reindeer at the dog pound.
Hmm. It fits. It fits very nicely.
Hmm. Maybe they don't like reindeer in these parts.
Hmm. They're really nice boys, Mrs. Claus.
Hmm. Unless, um...
Hop on, boys. Hello, lggie. Say hello, Blitzen.
How about calling Mrs. Santa Claus?
How can I ever thank you?
How can we find any goodwill if we can't even find any people?
How could a man feel gladder, prouder?
How do I know so much about Santa? Well, I'm Mrs. Claus.
How do you do?
Huh. He'll give them what for.
I admit I'm underfed But with a pillow from the bed
I almost forgot. They were chasing the dogcatcher's truck.
I assure you, it's not intentional.
I believe in Santa Claus
I believe in Santa Claus
I bet I could be Santa Claus.
I better call the boys and tell them to cancel Christmas.
I certainly did.
I could be Santa
I could be Santa Claus
I could be Santa Claus
I could be Santa Claus
I could be Santa Claus
I could sure use some rest, I'm not feeling my best.
I do hope Santa enjoys his holiday.
I don't see why I should. Nobody ever does anything for me.
I guess if you're not too old to still believe, well, I guess, maybe...
I guess those fellas weren't pulling my leg about Santa Claus after all.
I had no idea what to expect of Mother Nature.
I had that same feeling myself, but I just wouldn't admit it.
I hate to do this to you, boys, but you leave me no choice.