Christmas in The 60s was a turbulent time, marked by the tragic loss of President John F. Kennedy and absent loved ones fighting in Vietnam. Glimmers of hope emerged, however, as Charlie Brown reminded us of the true meaning of Christmas and a live Christmas Eve broadcast from Apollo 8 astronauts offered peace to all on Earth.
In The 70s, we traveled to a galaxy far far away with Star Wars action figures and figured out how to get to Sesame Street for a visit with Big Bird. Pet Rocks were all the rage and holiday season revelers were bopping along to the new hit song, “Grandma Got Run over by a Reindeer.” The 70s also brought tense times, as the United States anxiously waited for American hostages to be released from Iran.
The 80s were all about the Walkman, Cabbage Patch Kids and the fall of the Berlin Wall. The splendor of Clark Griswold’s Christmas light display lit up the screens, and now classic hits by Run DMC and Band Aid set the soundtracks for the holiday season.
The 90s holiday season began with cheer as Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev resigned on Christmas Day. Desktop computers, Tickle Me Elmo and the latest Beanie Baby toys were on everyone’s Christmas wish list. Even the presidential pet, Socks the cat, got in on the fun with his own Christmas decorations at the White House.
From Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer to Seinfeld’s Festivus to JFK’s last Christmas at the White House, reminisce and relive the holiday seasons with Christmas Through the Decades (found in the History of the Holidays collection). Watch on HISTORY Vault, available on your computer at historyvault.com, Roku players, iOS devices and Apple TV (4th Generation).
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Don’t miss the Tanksgiving, Pearl Harbor and Pearl Harbor: The Last Word collections before they go.