Elmo Saves Christmas

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Elmo Saves Christmas is a 60-minute fantasy comedy television special released on PBS on December 2, 1996. It was released to VHS that same year. Inspired by the 1892 short story "Christmas Every Day" by William Dean Howells, Elmo learns that Christmas doesn't happen every day. The program was filmed in Sesame Street's usual home, the Kaufman Astoria Studios in New York City. Footage from the film It's a Wonderful Life also appears in the program.


Zoe: Oh, I hope it snows. I hope it snows!
Baby Bear: Mmm, mmm! Christmas! (singing) Powwridge woasting on an open fiwre!
Telly: Yeah, yeah, but chestnuts too!
Zoe: (looks at the Christmas tree) Oh, I love the Christmas tree!
Baby Bear: Yeah! And I love the toys under the twee!
Zoe: Yeah!
Telly: Oh, yeah, you know what? I wish it was Christmas everyday!
Zoe: Me too!
Baby Bear: Me too!
Maya Angelou: (stopping them) Hold on, hold on. Christmas everyday?
Zoe: Yeah!
Baby Bear: Yeah!
Maya Angelou: Didn't Elmo ever tell you the story about the time he saved Christmas and then almost lost it again?
Telly: How did he do that?
Zoe: Yeah, tell us, please!
Baby Bear: Yeah, tell us!
Maya Angelou: Well, (clears her throat) this is a very Christmasy story. It all began on a Christmas Eve on Sesame Street.

Mr. Handford: There you go
Elmo: These cookies look delicious, mr. Handford.
Mr. Handford: Great
Elmo: Thank you.
Mr. Handford: And merry christmas, elmo.
Elmo: Merry christmas to you, too! Oh, hi! Elmo has lots of cookies To put near the chimney for santa claus.Whoa. This year elmo will definitely, Definitely see santa claus Go down the chimney And eat the cookies! Elmo won't fall asleep No, no, no, Not like last year. Bye-bye. Gotta go home.
Cookie Monster: ♪ dum, dum, dum Oh, elmo. Wait, wait, wait. Oh, those cookies too heavy For little monster like you to carry. Hey, hey-- How about me eat 1 cookie or 2, Maybe lighten your load. Only thinking of you, of course.
Elmo: No cookie!
Cookie Monster: How about half a cookie? Maybe crumbs?
Elmo: No cookie! These cookies are for santa claus.
Cookie Monster: Oh. Oh! Why you not say so? Cookies for santa claus! Say no more. Case closed! Hasta luego. (cookie monster dressed up as santa claus) Ho ho ho! Ha ha! Me santa claus. Me come for cookies. Me doing matinee today. Ho ho ho Ho ho! And a couple of ha ha's.
Elmo: [Cookie Monster pretends to be Santa Claus to get Elmo's cookies] Ha ha ha! You're not Santa Claus, you're Cookie Monster! [walks away]

[Elmo walks away]

Cookie Monster: Oh, well. What the hey? Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

Santa Claus: You wished for a glass of water?
Elmo: Uh-huh.
Lightning: Why?
Elmo: Because Elmo was thirsty.
Lightning: But you could've had anything!
Elmo: A diet soda?
Santa Claus: A castle. A kingdom.
Elmo: Yeah.
Lightning: A fire engine, A real one.
Santa Claus: You got two more wishes, son.Don't waste them.

Elmo: How come Maria and Luis aren't fixing the toasters?
Luis: Oh, we're too busy celebrating Christmas.
Maria: Yeah! Wrapping presents, unwrapping presents.
Luis: Cooking turkeys!
Maria: Eating turkeys! It's a full-time job! Who has time to work?'!

Big Bird: Oh, Snuffy's been spending Christmas Day at Granny's for a whole year. Every night, I hope that Christmas will end and he'll come back, but every morning, I wake up and it's still Christmas.
Maria: I know how you feel, Big Bird.
Big Bird: I'm beginning to believe I'll never see him again! Never! [sobbing]
Elmo: What's wrong with Big Bird?
Big Bird: Oh, nothing. I'm just never gonna see my best friend again! [sobbing]
Elmo: What's that? What's Luis doing?
Maria: He's closing up the Fix-it-Shop. For good!
Elmo: No! You aren't gonna close the Fix-it-Shop. Elmo didn't want that.
Maria: [Sobbing] Well, we can't work on Christmas and since it's Christmas every day, we can't work at all!
Lightning: But, what will you do?
Maria: That's a very good question.
Luis: Well, that's that. Goodbye, Fix-it-Shop.
Maria: [sobbing] Come up to our place for a cup of birdseed, Big Bird. We'll talk some more.
Elmo: [to Lighting as Luis takes the crying Big Bird and Maria inside] Elmo thought Christmas everyday would make people happy, Lightning. But it's making them sad. The Fix-it-Shop is closed, Big Bird is crying, nobody is celebrating. And the Count says Christmas isn't special anymore because it's every day. Maybe Santa's right.[Singing] Every day can't be Christmas. That wouldn't be such a treat. You can get tired of chocolate candy when that's all you eat. Every day can't be your birthday. That wouldn't be such fun. Too many birthdays aren't half as nice as one. That you wait for... Wait for joy and recall. That if every day was Christmas. That wouldn't be Christmas at all.

[after Elmo breaks the snow globe]

Luis: It's Christmas...forever!
Big Bird: Goodbye, Snuffy.

[everyone else groans as all hope is lost]

Elmo: This is terrible, now what do we do now, Lightening?

Easter Bunny: Eggs! Eggs for sale!
Lightning: What's that?
Easter Bunny: Christmas eggs! Get your Christmas eggs right here! Christmas eggs!

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