Have a Holly, Corporate-Sponsored, Adult-Supervised Christmas
The reason we love the classic Christmas specials so much isn't just that we watched them as kids. It's also that the kids in them ARE kids. They do stuff. They make stuff. They go outside and chop themselves a tree or deliver medicine for the pharmacist or even lick a flagpole, instead of sitting in the back seat watching "SpongeBob SquarePants" as Mom drives them to basketball practice.
Obviously, these fictional characters are just that — fictional — but yes, Virginia, there were kids who made their own fun.