Christmas Past

The fascinating stories behind your favorite Christmas traditions

Christmas 1977 was far out: Infographic

Christmas 1977

Children of the 1970s remember losing Lite-Brite pegs in the plush shag carpeting while the Christmas music of The Carpenters played over the high-fi. The 70s gave us iconic toys like the View-Master, the Evel Knievel Stunt Cycle, and the Pet Rock. It also gave us some far out entertainment like A Cosmic Christmas and the infamous The Star Wars Holiday Special. Christmas 1977 was a banner year, which brought us enduring music, classic TV specials, and a whole new world of portable electronic games and collectible action figures. So put on your platform shoes and your polyester shirt. Because this Christmas Past original infographic takes you back to the disco inferno that was Christmas 1977!

Infographic: Christmas 1977

Christmas Past Presents: Christmas 1977

The Hits of Christmas 1977

Jose Feliciano releases “Feliz Navidad”. Bing Crosby and David Bowie and team up for “Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy”

A New Era of Electronic Toys

Cartridge-based video game systems were already popular. The new hotness for 1977: portable hand-held electronic games, like Mattel’s Football game.

Instant Gratification

The iconic Polaroid OneStep hits the market, billed as “the world’s simplest camera.” It becomes the best sellling camera of any kind, and one of the year’s hottest Christmas gifts.

Some Kids Got Empty Boxes

Kenner couldn’t produce enough of its line of Star Wars toys because demand was off the charts. Their solution: toy boxes that contained only an IOU for the actual toy once the company was able to produce it.

Some Kids’ TV Classics Were Born

’77 gave us these animated, live action, and stop motion classics: “Emmett Otter’s Jug Band Christmas,” “Nestor the Long-Eared Donkey,” “A Flintstone Christmas,” “’Twas the Night Before Christmas”

For more Christmas fun, visit, and subscribe to Christmas Past wherever you get your podcasts so you never miss an episode.

Thanks, 1977! Keep on truckin’. And check out some 70’s goodness of yours truly, Brian Earl, right here.

Join the chorus!

With hundreds of five-star reviews, it's no wonder that Christmas Past is one of the top Christmas podcasts ever! Rate and review the show on Apple Podcasts, and I’ll send you a Christmas Past sticker and a handwritten Christmas card to say thanks. Contact me for details.

Celebrate all year round

Keep the Christmas spirit alive throughout the year with monthly updates. Christmas Past's email newsletter is free, non-spammy and full of Christmas news, tips, and musings, all handcrafted by yours truly, Brian Earl. And don't forget to follow Christmas Past on social media.

Follow Christmas Past