This was the second longest running western on TV. But they blessed us with the best TV Western Christmas album of all, Christmas on the Ponderosa, a 1963 concept miracle.
Many will poke fun at big dumb ol’ Hoss Cartwright as when he sings “Deck the Halls” in a harrowing bass. But it’s in the spirit and all, so shut up.
The cast gathers for the second cult hit “Merry Christmas Neighbors.” Bourgeoise judginess.
The better stuff is the old fashioned songs that never caught on, like Pernell Roberts singing “The New Born King.”
And Michael Landon with “Oh Fir Tree Dear.”
There’s some foolin’ around as well with Landon’s “Santa Got Lost in Texas.”
But best is the short fun of Lorne Greene with “Santa Got Stuck in the Chimney.”