Got another delivery last night, from Amazon.com:
"Amahl And The Night Visitors"
This is the 1955 telecast of Gian Carlo Menotti's operetta. It's TV history, it's appropriate to the season, and it was first broadcast the year I was born - all reasons I knew I had to have a copy. I only have vague memories of it in one of its last re-broadcasts, but it could be I'm thinking of the 1963 remake (when the original was thought to be lost).
This operetta was before all Christmas specials had to be animation or yet another reworking of "Christmas Carol" or "It's A Wonderful Life". It was commissioned for Television, and served as the debut production for 'Hallmark Hall of Fame'.
This was back when there was still some hope on the East Coast that TV might be more than just Murrow's prediction of "wires in a box", back in the days of 'Studio One', 'Playhouse 90', and 'Omnibus'. I doubt it could be made today; remade, maybe.....
I better get off the soapbox. I'm getting a nosebleed.......