“Nutcracker” Nation: How an Old World Ballet Became a Christmas Tradition in the New World by Jennifer Fisher is a really comprehensive look at the ballet’s history.
15th Anniversary Edition The Enchanted World Of Rankin/Bass: A Portfolio by Rick Goldschmidt told me everything I wanted to know about the animagic and animated TV specials of Rankin and Bass.
A Charlie Brown Christmas: The Making of a Tradition by Lee Mendelson and Bill Melendez gives all the background on the first Charlie Brown special.
I also consulted
Ace Collins’ Stories Behind the Great Traditions of Christmas,
Cynthia Lindsay’s Dear Boris– a biography of Boris Karloff
Judith & Neil Morgan’s Dr. Seuss & Mr. Geisel: A Biography
And for the air dates and specifics, a great reference book is George Woolery’s Animated TV Specials–even better than IMDB!
Articles from Newspapers, Magazines, and the Internet
NORAD Santa Tracking:
“NORAD Tracks Santa,” Conelrad blog. A review of the 1964 album
“NORAD Tracks Santa,” NORAD, Dept. of Defense website. A video presentation
“Norad Tracks Santa,” NORAD, North American Aerospace Defense Command website.
“Wrong Number Spawns Tradition,” Los Angeles Times, Dec. 19, 1980, pg. E1
“Biography.” George Balanchine Foundation, Balanchine.org
“Christmas Spectacles…” Los Angeles Times, Nov. 30, 1953, pg. B10
“Here Comes Santa Claus” by Laura Simross, Los Angeles Times, Nov. 23, 1979, pg. G1
“When Hollywood Boulevard ...” by Nathan Masters. History: LA as Subject/SoCal Focus, KCET.org, Dec. 20, 2012.
“He’s Grrrreat! The Thurl Ravenscroft Interview.” By Tom Heintjes. Hogan’s Alley #14, Feb. 19, 2013
“Money,” by Barbara Rowes, People Magazine, Dec. 22, 1980, pg. 111 (About Marx)
Also–of course–the IMDB (Internet Movie Data Base) page for each show.