Elmo Saves Christmas

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Elmo Saves Christmas is a children’s home video that was released in 1996. In the story, Elmo learns that Christmas cannot occur every day.


It is Christmastime on Sesame Street. Snuffy, Big Bird’s best friend, departs for Cincinnati to visit his grandmother for the holiday, and promises to return the day after Christmas.

While Elmo falls asleep on Christmas Eve watching TV, Santa Claus gets lodged halfway up his chimney. By freeing him, Elmo is granted the privilege of choosing a gift. When Elmo chooses a magical snow globe instead of a pink teddy bear he is granted three wishes. Using the snow globe, Elmo wishes for a glass of water because he is thirsty.

Elmo’s second wish is more significant to the plot of the story: “Elmo wishes it was Christmas every day.”

This proves to be a very costly mistake. Suddenly, all the businesses are permanently closed for Christmas. Snuffy is gone all year, visiting his grandmother out of town, making Big Bird extremely depressed. There is nothing playing on TV but It’s a Wonderful Life. Carolers carol and children exchange gifts.

At the urging of Santa Claus, Lightning, one of Santa’s reindeer-in-training, uses his speed to take Elmo into the future to see what Christmas is like in the spring, summer and to the following December 25. The Count becomes “all Christmassed out”, and as does the rest of Sesame Street. The carolers lose their voices from constant caroling. Big Bird is upset, as he misses Snuffy, who has been in Cincinnati for an entire year. Luis finally closes up the Fix-It Shop for good.

After regretting his second wish, Elmo decides on his final wish (although it was originally for rollerblades), shaking his snow globe rapidly: “Elmo wishes that everything on Sesame Street was the way it used to be, when Christmas was only once a year.” Oscar tries to intervene, but Maria furiously demands silence from him and pleads for Elmo to fix the whole issue. The globe flies out of Elmo’s hand and breaks. Luis laments, “It’s Christmas…forever!”, and Big Bird says, “Goodbye, Snuffy.”

Elmo and Lightning go back in time to the Christmas on which Elmo wished it was Christmas every day, erasing everyone’s memories. After saving Santa for the second time, Elmo chooses the pink bear, but Santa immediately offers him a new gift, the “Moo Bunny”, a half-cow, half-rabbit plush toy. Big Bird is reunited with Snuffy early, because just as he was about to leave for Cincinnati, his grandmother came to Sesame Street instead for Christmas. The show closes with its final song: “Keep Christmas With You All Through the Year”, which was also featured on Christmas Eve on Sesame Street. Elmo learns though that although Christmas can’t be everyday, it’s important to have the spirit of Christmas everyday.


Kevin Clash as Elmo

Charles Durning as Santa Claus

Harvey Fierstein as the Easter Bunny

Carroll Spinney as Big Bird/Oscar

Carlo Alban as Carlo

Maya Angelou as herself/Narrator

Alison Bartlett as Gina

Emilio Delgado as Luis

Sonia Manzano as Maria

Bob McGrath as Bob

Jerry Nelson as Count von Count

Roscoe Orman as Gordon

Frank Oz as Cookie Monster/Grover/Bert

Martin P. Robinson as Snuffleupagus

David Langston Smyrl as Mr. Handford

Steve Whitmire as Kermit the Frog/Ernie

External links

Elmo Saves Christmas at the Internet Movie Database

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Jim Henson’s The Muppets

Television series

Sam and Friends (19551961)  Sesame Street (1969resent)  Saturday Night Live (1975)  The Muppet Show (19761981)  Fraggle Rock (19831987)  Jim Henson’s Muppet Babies (19841991)  Jim Henson’s Little Muppet Monsters (1985)  The Jim Henson Hour (1989)  Dog City (19921995)  Secret Life of Toys (19941996)  Muppets Tonight (19961998)  Bear in the Big Blue House (19972007)

Feature films

The Muppet Movie (1979)  The Great Muppet Caper (1981)  The Muppets Take Manhattan (1984)  Sesame Street Presents Follow That Bird (1985)  The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)  Muppet Treasure Island (1996)  Muppets from Space (1999)  The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland (1999)

Television specials

Hey, Cinderella! (1969)  The Frog Prince (1972)  The Muppet Musicians of Bremen (1972)  Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas (1977)  John Denver and the Muppets: A Christmas Together (1979)  The Tale of the Bunny Picnic (1986)  The Christmas Toy (1986)  A Muppet Family Christmas (1987)  Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue (1990)  The Muppets at Walt Disney World (1990)  Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree (1995)  Elmopalooza (1998)  It’s a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie (2002)  The Muppets’ Wizard of Oz (2005)  Studio DC: Almost Live (2008)  A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa (2008)


Muppet Classic Theater (1994)  Elmo Saves Christmas (1996)  Kermit’s Swamp Years (2002)  Abby in Wonderland (2008)

Other media

Jim Henson’s Muppet*Vision 3D (1991resent)  Statler and Waldorf: From the Balcony (20052006)  Muppet Mobile Lab (2007resent)  Muppet Monster Adventure  Comic book

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