I’m a fan of Christmas and the holiday spirit. Every year at this time of year I am the happiest girl in the world. Christmas fairs, hot chocolate, sleigh, Christmas presents, tree decorations, fireworks, snowball fights, snow puppet making, resolutions, Christmas music, great food, happy people and basically everything. that is associated with the holiday season can count on my enthusiasm. Therefore, I love Christmas and New Years TV specials. I think they bring out the best in TV series. Sure, they’re often too cliché and kitsch, but who doesn’t secretly love drama, merry Christmas carols, and kisses in the snow. Who doesn’t want to see some of our TV families living by the good old Christmas and New Years values such as forgiveness, resolutions and peace? Who doesn’t love the comfort of the Christmas tree standing proudly next to the fireplace? Who doesn’t like to wear woolen Christmas sweaters and be delighted to finally be able to unwrap their Christmas presents. I admit that it is. And to convince you, I share with you my list of wonderful Christmas and New Year’s specials. I’m not saying these are my all-time favorite TV shows but they have some great Christmas / Holiday episodes and these days that count for something! For those who are not to be convinced: the haters will hate …
Season 1, Episode 13: “The Best Chrismukkah Ever”
Why? Because Seth Cohen is still the cutest TV character of all time. Wearing him Christmas sweaters is like a dream come true.
What is Chrismukkah? As Seth describes it, it is “eight days of gifts, followed by a day of many gifts.” He invented it when he was six because his father is Jewish and his mother Protestant, so he decided to merge Hannukah and Christmas into one big party.
Season 3, Episode 10: “Regional Holiday Music”
Why? It’s the Christmas-themed musical episode that’s kind of a parody of Glee. Our friends at Community College have to replace the Glee club because they are all suffering from a nervous breakdown. One by one, they are brainwashed and start to like the Glee club. I was going to say it was one of the craziest episodes in Community, but that would probably be a lie. They are all crazy. Genius, but crazy. Do you remember that little dance Annie did for Jeff? Ho ho ho….
Parks and recreation
Season 5, Episode 9: “Ron and Diane”
Why? Jerry is throwing a Christmas party and we finally meet his wife Gayle and his other beautiful daughters (we’ve already met Millicent since she dated Chris). Our P&R bullies learn a valuable lesson about friendship and end up doing the right thing. I love it when that happens (and how nice they are now, they can totally start bullying again since their conscience has been cleared. Come on April, prepare your sarcastic face!). The subplot with Ron, Diane and Leslie at the woodworking awards show was also great. Especially Tammie II’s surprise visit and the way Leslie handled the situation (one word: dumpster) are memorable.
Season 2, Episode 6: “The Perfect Christmas”
Why? Miranda Hart is one of the funniest women in the world (plus she’s British so has all the British accent, love that). Therefore, a Christmas special with her is like unwrapping the gift you really wanted and then finding out that there is more! Miranda wears a reindeer hat with bells. Law. And that’s just the intro to this episode. All I can say is SO MUCH FUN. This is probably my favorite Christmas special, so if you feel like you’ll never finish my list, check out this one.
Season 4, Episode 9: “Be-shure”
Why? Ignacio hosts a multi-cult vacation dinner since his new girlfriend is Jewish, but there’s a lot going on in the background. It’s actually a super dramatic episode (someone is waiting! Is it Betty? Is it Hilda? Relationships evolve. Wilhelmina plots again. Claire meets her long lost son, and Marc suffers from Stockholm syndrome) . It includes Bobby (Adam Rodriguez), damn hot and a lot of Christmas spirit. Great episode.
Season 2, Episode 10: “A Very Merry Christmas”
Why? The new directions singing (I wanna sing! But I wouldn’t want to be booed or thrown at me), Kurt and Blaine singing “Baby it’s cold outside” (so cute), Brittany wishing that Arty be able to walk, the New Directions chanting “Welcome Christmas” which causes Sue to regret all her meanness and returns the presents and buys them a new Christmas tree (after destroying the one they had), Sue being the Grinch.
Season 3, Episode 9: “Extraordinary Merry Christmas”
Why? Glee is invited to do a Christmas special for the local PBS station and they give them a wonderful black and white musical show. I loved. It was both a tribute to the Star Wars Holiday special and the Judy Garland Christmas special. Yeah, weird combination, but whatever, they did a terrific job.
Season 1, Episode 10: “Pardon and Stuff”
Why? Lorelai isn’t invited to Emily’s Christmas party, but Richard has a heart attack during the party. This causes Loralai and Emily to forgive each other and brings Lorelai and Luke together romantically. Luke and Lorelai forever, that’s what I have to say! Also, I really want to try a Santa Claus burger.
Season 7, episode 11: “The Secret Tricks of Santa Claus”
Why? Lorelai and Rory celebrate Christmas a month late. Weird you said? Yes, but Christmas is not about dating, it is about spending time with loved ones, wearing ugly sweaters, making your own tree decoration and buying gifts. Made me love the Gilmores even more. I really need one of these nicest Christmas sweaters, too. Where can I find them?
Season 1, Episode 9: “The 23d”
Roommates all attend Schmidt’s office Christmas party where he plays
Sexy Santa (o Schmidtie… shower pot….). The plot of Paul (“I love you”), Jess and Nick was awkward, but since I support Jess and Nick, I really wanted to get rid of Paul anyway. What I liked most about this episode was the ending (not because I wanted it to end). CHRISTMAS LIGHTS ARE OVERLOADED HELL YEAH.
“A Charlie Brown Christmas”
Why? The classic Christmas special. Can’t be missed. Moralist, but brought with great irony. Look for the songs, they are probably engraved in your memory as “typical Christmas music”.
I want to quote a few lines from this Christmas special to put you in a good mood
Linus Van Pelt: “I never thought it was such a bad little tree. It’s not bad at all, really. Maybe he just needs a little love “
That’s right Linus, all it takes is a little love! (for once I’m not sarcastic)
Charlie brown: Thank you for the Christmas card you sent me, Violet.
Purple: I didn’t send you a Christmas card, Charlie Brown.
Charlie Brown: Don’t you know sarcasm when you hear it?
Start sending your Christmas cards. Don’t hurt little boys like Charlie!
So this is it. These are some of my favorite vacation specials. If there are any holiday specials that I haven’t mentioned but that definitely embrace the holiday spirit, please let me know! I will watch them as soon as possible.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!