The special is not a direct sequel to the original 1969 special, as the two were produced by different companies (Rankin/Bass produced the original, this was made by Lorne Michaels' Broadway Video with help from Peanuts director Bill Melendez). See more
Some folks say if you really want to see the country, take a bus. Or hop a train. Ride a bike. Me, I'm an old-fashioned kind of guy. Stick to what I know: snowflakes. I know it's not for everyone, but as long as you pack light, I mean, and wear at least three layers of undies, it's a lovely way to spend the winter.