"Hazel's Christmas Shopping" is the first Christmas episode of the NBC sitcom Hazel, based on the long-running comic strip of the same name that ran in the Saturday Evening Post. It originally aired on December 21, 1961.
Hazel's last-minute shopping sees her broke just as she wanted to get Dorothy a nice gift. In her own inimitable style, she finagles a job at the busy department store, as usual becoming both irritant and treasure, and even has to deal with a shoplifter. Can she clean up this fractious Christmas?
- Shirley Booth, who portrayed Hazel, was well-known to Rankin/Bass fans as the voice of the equally strong-minded Mrs. Claus in The Year Without A Santa Claus.
The episode was featured on the 1994 VHS release A Double Holiday Dose of Hazel, which also included the other Christmas episode "Just 86 Shopping Minutes Till Christmas". It was later made available on the Hazel: The Complete First Season DVD set in 2006.
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|Christmas Specials Based on Comic Strips|
|Peanuts||A Charlie Brown Christmas • "The Play" • It's Christmastime Again, Charlie Brown • Charlie Brown's Christmas Tales • I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown • "Christmas is Coming"|
|Garfield||A Garfield Christmas Special • "Heatwave Holiday" • "Caroling Capers" • "Home for the Holidays"|
|Popeye||Seasin's Greetinks! • Mister and Mistletoe • "Spinach Greetings"|
|Dennis the Menace||"The Christmas Story" • "The Christmas Horse" • "The Fifteen-Foot Christmas Tree" • A Dennis the Menace Christmas|
|Other comic strips||The Captain's Christmas • "Hazel's Christmas Shopping" • "A Christmas Tale" • "Just 86 Shopping Minutes Till Christmas" • "Christmas with the Addams Family" • A Family Circus Christmas • Ziggy's Gift • The Bestest Present • "North Pole Cat" • A Wish For Wings That Work • A Christmas Angel • "A Baby Blues Christmas Special" • "A Huey Freeman Christmas"|