'Tis the season!
It's one of the traditional pictures of the holiday season in 20th Century America -- the whole family gathered around the bright lights of the Christmas tree as the radio plays softly in the background. From the very beginning of the medium, there's been a strong connection between the holiday and broadcast radio.
Whether it's Jack Benny going shopping, Johnny Dollar stopping suspicious Santas, or a drama desperate for a miracle - no matter the performer, no matter the style, Christmas always brought the most merry and moving of messages to the air.
Episodes Include: Fibber McGee & Molly: Fibber Cuts A Christmas Tree 12-16-41; The Great Gildersleeve: Selling Trees for Needy Children 12-23-53; Author's Playhouse: Christmas By Injunction 12-21-41; Grand Central Station: Miracle For Christmas 12-24-49; The Jack Benny Program: Christmas Shopping 12-22-40; Father Knows Best: Stranded By A Storm 12-24-53; Sergeant Preston of the Yukon: The Sergeant's Present 12-23-49; The Lone Ranger: Mission Bells 12-24-47; Red Skelton Show: Red's Christmas Book of Satire 12-24-46; The Aldrich Family: Christmas Eve With the Family 12-21-52; Christmas Special: Jingle Bell's Happiest Christmas; Christmas Special: The Greatest Gift 12-24-46; Suspense: The Night before Christmas 12-21-53; Romance: Richer By One Christmas 12-24-55; My Friend Irma: Irma's Christmas Party 12-20-48; Life With Luigi: Christmas Show 12-20-49; The Couple Next Door: The Night Before Christmas 12-24-58; Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar: The Department Store Swindle Matter 12-24-49; The Roy Rogers Show: Night Before The Night Before Christmas 12-25-52; The New Swan Show: Doris Day and Bob Hope Go Christmas Shopping 12-07-48; The First Nighter Program: Oh, Little Town Of Bethlehem 1949; The Couple Next Door: Christmas Day 12-25-58