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The Ten Best Muppet Christmas Moments

It's December 19. Our enthusiasm for real life things is waning, and our enthusiasm for holiday whimsy is approaching peak levels. Perhaps you feel the same way! To that end, we have collected some of the great moments in the Muppet Christmas canon, mostly musical but some prose. As Muppet Christmas Carol reminds us, "'tis the season to be jolly and joyous." Or just to gorge yourself on the endless charm and emotional poignancy of the Muppets.

"Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," Rowlf and John Denver, John Denver and the Muppets: A Christmas Together

If that doesn't make your heart ache, you are made of stone.

"Bless Us All," Muppet Christmas Carol

Anything with Robin gets bonus points.

"Christmas Is Coming," John Denver and the Muppets: A Christmas Together

Maracas!

"Need a Little Christmas," A Muppet Family Christmas

Watch out for the icy patch.

"When the River Meets the Sea," Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas

After "Rainbow Connection," this might be the best Muppet song of all time.

Further proof, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

Again, more bonus points for Robin.

The magic of Muppet bloopers, Emmet Otter's Jug-band Christmas

Team Ma Otter. Forever.

Uncle Traveling Matt Explains Santa, Fraggle Rock

This is how anthropology works!

"Festival of the Bells," Fraggle Rock

This is how spirituality works!

"Santa Claus Is Coming to Town," A Muppet Family Christmas

Is there anything better than baby Skeeter?

Here's the full John Denver special:

And the full Muppet Family Christmas:

Photo: The Jim Henson Company