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Ten popular modern day animated Christmas specials

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When one thinks of classic animated Christmas specials, popular titles that come to mind include such programs as "Frosty The Snowman," “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer," and the always-beloved “Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” These specials are pieces of television history not just for their telling of beloved Christmas stories, but for breaking new ground in the fields of animation and storytelling, and bringing people together to remind them of what this magical time should really mean to mankind.

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While those are timeless stories that many older generations remember watching as children, new holiday specials are being released each year, introducing the world to all new timeless characters that continue the noble tradition of reminding us what the holiday season is really all about.

Submitted for your consideration are ten animated holiday specials that have premiered in the last twenty-five years, featuring everyone from maniacal babies, yellow sponges, and speedy blue hedgehogs, all spreading the true reason for the season in their own unique fashion.

Most of these titles can be found on, with many available though Amazon Instant Video services.

Check out your when your favorite specials will air with "TV Guide's 2013 Holiday TV Calendar"


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