Remember when holiday specials were really special–a much-anticipated, much-loved holiday event? When Christmas wasn’t Christmas without How the Grinch Stole Christmas and A CharlieBrownChristmas? Well, times may have changed, but the names from those mostly animated old shows still can evoke some nostalgic memories, and some newer ones are creating future memories of their own.
1962’s Mister Magoo’s ChristmasCarol was the first animated holiday program produced specifically for TV. In it, much of the focus is on Belle, Scrooge’s lost love. In modern times, Belle has been overshadowed by Bella and Isabel/la, but it was a Top 100 name in the 1880s and has made something of a comeback as a middle; Belle is Number 215 on Nameberry.