A heavily-sanitised American version was produced. The most notable change is that Father Christmas was re-voiced by William Dennis Hunt, becoming much jollier, and all 75 instances of the word 'blooming' were replaced with 'merry'. Scenes where Father Christmas gets drunk, over-eats, dances with chorus girls and suffers a hangover were removed - Also cut are a few candid moments showing his "builders' bum".
So America basically ruined it then? lol.
Seeing this as just watched Ethel and Ernest and it was very good best thing on the tv over Christmas and wanted to see if Raymond Briggs wrote Father Christmas aswell.