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Whilst The Muppet Show cast (minus a missing-in-action Miss Piggy, who would thankfully show up last minute to spend Christmas Eve with her "Kermie" and all their family & friends, including a special appearance at the end by Muppet creator, Jim Henson [the only other on-screen actor would be Gerry Parkes as Jerome "Doc" Christian]) would set everything up (ex: The Swedish Chef was originally planning to bask a Christmas Turkey, only to end up making Shredded Wheat and Cranberry Sauce [Big Bird's favorite]), the Muppet Babies being seen through home movies that Animal would sadly ruin, the Sesame Street gang [after a little letter & number small talk with Jerome] putting on The Night Before Christmas in play form, and the Fraggle Rock five--Gobo, Red, Mokey, Wembley, & Boober--showing Robin and Kermit how different cultures celebrate their holidays (for the Fraggles don't celebrate Christmas, they celebrate a similar holiday via a winter festival and a gift exchange...often using the same gift repeatedly [as per the song "Pass It On"]).
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ALL of the following ARE Muppets: Sesame Street, The Muppet Show (and Muppet Babies), and Fraggle Rock. Hence the title of the holiday special...MUPPET Family Christmas, as mentioned in the previous post.
Kermit's a Muppet and so is all of the Sesame Street characters. Like the others have said before, a Muppet is a puppet character that Jim Hensen created, and Kermit the Frog is definitely a part of that.
There is a distinction:
Muppets: Sesame Street, The Muppet Show & Little Muppet Monsters/Muppet Babies, and Fraggle Rock (as well asthe short-lived Jim Henson Hour and even the mediocre attempt at reviving the glory days of The Muppet Show, Muppets Tonight)
Most Muppets are of felt faux skin/feathers/fur w/ ping-pong ball eyes or are--in the case of Big Bird, for example--just people in giant Muppet costumes with monitors inside the suits so the performers could see and perform their required actions.
The prime exception to this would be the workaholic Doozers, who were all robotically controlled by a mechanism connecting the machinery controlling them to hand-manipulated devices that also worked the hands and mouths of each individual Doozer. The lumbering Gorgs also would be a minimal exception, since they would be designed like Big Bird costume-wise, but would be handled in the same fashion as the Doozers, in that pantomime/dance performers would be in the costumes performing actions whilst machinery in the Gorg outfits would be wired to the apparatus that each veteran Muppeteer used to operate the Gorg faces while also doing the character voices off-camera.
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**Note**: Muppet Babies is counted as a Muppet property as well, because although the actual series is an animated one, the dream sequence in Muppets Take Manhattan and the home movies in Muppet Family Christmas show the Babies in their original Muppet forms. What's more, since the series itself stars cartoon versions of established adult Muppets regressed to toddler age, the show (even though animated) is Muppet-esque in and of itself.
Creatures: Labryinth, The Dark Crystal, Dinosaurs, and Farscape
Creatures are technologically advanced puppet costumes mixed with CGI optical effects.
Made for Others: Yoda from Star Wars, The live-action TMNT, The entire cast of Bear in The Big Blue House, The Neverending Story flying dog beast, et al
Those Made for Others are a mix, with some being traditional puppets (Yoda initially in the original trilogy) and others being people in costume (TMNT and Bear).
Muppet Family Theme Music (The Themes of Sesame Street, The Muppet Show & Little Muppet Monsters/Muppet Babies, and Fraggle Rock merged together w/ Rainbow Connection, Bein' Green, and Just One Person)