Holiday Recycling Project – The Year Without a Santa Claus

In December of 2019, I took part in The Happy Holidays Blogathon. For that event, I chose to write about one of my favorite holiday specials – The Year Without a Santa Claus. This special is obviously a favorite for many other people, too. I say that because every year since I posted it, it has been one of the Top 10 most read blogs on my site.

For new followers, here is a link to that original post:

Recently, on Facebook, I was able to connect with Rick Goldschmidt. He is the official historian and biographer of Rankin Bass productions. He has written quite a few books about some of the beloved holiday specials as well as a book about all of them. I am currently saving up some money to get the 20th Anniversary Edition of The Enchanted World of Rankin/Bass.

In messaging back and forth, I saw that a soundtrack for The Year Without a Santa Claus was available. I received one from Rick with autographed photos of Snow Miser and Heat Miser. I popped the CD in my car and was blown away at the sound quality.

The great thing about this CD is that it not only includes the songs from the show, it also includes the background music. I loved every minute of it!! If you are a fan of this holiday special, you can inquire about getting a copy of the soundtrack, books, and more at the following website:

Rick has been busy getting items out for Christmas, and I am sure that you can nab something for the Rankin/Bass fan on your Christmas list from the site.

Rick wrote a piece that is featured in the December issue of Remind magazine about Paul Coker Jr. Paul was the guy who designed some of the most memorable Rankin/Bass characters, including the Miser Brothers. It is on newsstands now and available for you to check out.

Thanks again, Rick, for the photos and soundtrack! Thanks for keeping the characters of these holiday specials alive for years to come!

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