In 1991, the TV special aired on CBS with new scenes, including Grandma playing the piano. This is why the copyright date on television airings, videos and the "Garfield: Holiday Celebrations" DVD read as "1991".
In the 1991 version, the scene where Grandma is talking to Garfield about her late husband, is redrawn completely in a different style of art, although the audio remains the same. There are different camera angles, character models and backgrounds, including a fireside photo of the husband, which was not seen at all in the short's first airing.
In addition to different animation when Grandma talks to Garfield about Grandpa, the original 1987 version features some slightly extended scenes that were removed in 1991 to make room for the "O Christmas Tree" addition. These scenes include: · An extended sequence of Jon, Odie, and Garfield leaving their home for the farm (showing the car start, pull out of the driveway, and travel down a street before leaving the city limits). · Grandma feeds Garfield and Odie potatoes from the table before feeding them meat. · Dad's reaction to Grandma's comment about eating for two is shorter. · The music and sequence of the family going to bed for the night is slightly longer, showing the lights in the house going off. · The musical intro to "You Can Never Find an Elf When You Need One" is longer.