You don't often think of Santa Claus as a defiant Robin Hood outlaw constantly on the run from a mean-spirited despot. Or as a young man who falls in love.
In Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town, though, we get the origin story of Santa Claus and learn how he came of age as Kris Kringle and how several Christmas traditions came to be.
I really enjoyed the special as a child, and always thought it felt unique as Santa-fare went. The Burgermeister and Sombertown, in particular, overlayed speculative and serious elements to traditional Christmas tropes that bolstered the story and Santa mythology. Santa as a merry toymaker who gives presents to boys and girls is one thing, but the legend looms even larger when we learn he grew into this role while resisting a dictator.
This is part of my 25 Days of Christmas blog series.