Picks and Pans Review: Christmas Eve on Sesame Street

updated 12/21/1987 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/21/1987 AT 01:00 AM EST

Like the perfect Christmas, this charming holiday tape offers something for everyone. Softies among us will find warmhearted skits emphasizing (what else?) that the true message of Christmas is loving and sharing. And interviews between real kids and Grover, the one who really ought to replace Johnny Carson, are priceless. The plot on which all of this loosely hangs concerns that gnawing question of how a portly guy like Santa makes it down those skinny chimneys. Not to worry; no myths are shattered. It turns out that even the resourceful Sesame Street people don't have an explanation for this one. (Random House, 60 min., $16.95) —Bonnie Johnson (Johnson's son, Christopher, 4, who loved the series of practical jokes Ernie heaps upon Bert and I Hate Christmas, an earful of toe-tapping negativity sung by Oscar the Grouch, says, "As soon as our tape machine gets fixed, I want to watch this again and again.")

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