The Rankin/Bass TV special, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer has been a television viewing tradition since it first aired on NBC in 1964. I don't remember the first time I watched it, but as a kid it was never to be missed. In the days before DVDs and DVRs, it was a long wait until it aired again. I remember crying big ol' Bumble tears when our television went on the fritz right before Rudolph was to start. I think I was five and all we had on the screen was static. Back then I thought my Christmas was ruined because I missed Rudolph.
The above image is a Polaroid photo that I snapped a couple of years ago, during the last days of Polaroid. I didn't have to travel to the North Pole, I just took a photo of my TV screen. It is one of my favorite 'roids, because it reminds me of how much I anticipated the TV special and the fun I had watching it. The white border kinda reminds me of a television set and there's Rudolph forever on the screen.
As a bonus! Here's some TV Guide ad scans of three different Rudolph specials.
1976 Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
1978 Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
1976 Rudolph's Shiny New Year
1979 Rudolph's Shiny New Year
1979 Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July