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Fuck Yeah Christmas: The BBC's "Box of Delights" (1984)

Fuck Yeah Christmas: The BBC's "Box of Delights" (1984)

When I was a child I remember watching a holiday show on Nickelodeon about a little boy with a magical box and a pack of wolves that relentless hunted him. This show—which was actually a series of shows that Nickelodeon ran back-to-back one wintery December day—captivated me: set in England, it had an old, magical feel. It made me feel connected to "Christmas" (the idea of Christmas) in ways that no cartoon or program or family get together had before.

For years I tried to recall the name of the show, but to no avail. During my first and only Christmas in Oxford (yes, England), I did an extensive Google keyword search—box, white, Christmas, wolves, nickelodeon—until the revelation was made virtually bare: "The Box of Delights," the BBC's 1984 6-part series adaptation of Charles Masefield's children fantasy of the same name.

Needless to say, I hit Amazon, purchased the series, and lived happily ever after .... until I loaned said series to a medievalist friend of mine who (I think) fled academia to the hinterlands of Massachusetts.

SAD FACE.

As I've said many times before, holidays are all about the television and the cinema. Thankfully, while my friend still has my copy of the series, YouTube has remedied the holiday conundrum by having all six episodes available.

Here's the first episode, "When the Wolves Were Running." You can find the remaining episodes via YouTube, as well.