RTBN 25 Days of Christmas: Day Sixteen
A Flintstones Christmas Carol
RTBN 25 Days of Christmas is the RTBN staff's irreverent exploration of our collective holiday pop culture traditions.

I can't believe we've made it 16 days into December without handling some type of A So and So Christmas Carol.All told, only two of what I'm sure are hundreds of such Christmas specials actually made our list. And the first is A Flintstones Christmas Carol.


This one always stuck out for me as a kid, maybe because it deviates a bit from the typical Christmas Carol model. The citizens of Bedrock are putting on their own production of A Christmas Carol, and Fred, who's starring, needs to figure out some shopping dilemmas while also preparing for the play. Ignoring the irony of a group of prehistoric cave men celebrating the birth of a messiah that hadn't happened yet by putting on a play that wouldn't be written for centuries, it's a touching exploration of the delicate balance between consumerism and actual sentimentality during the holiday season, one that breaks down the separations the plot originally builds to tell a moving, rollicking story.


Come back tomorrow where we move forward a few decades to discuss a special Christmas episode of Veronica Mars.

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