I am happy to announce that for the the second year in a row I will be embarking on a 25 day quest to recap some of the greatest christmas episodes of all time. From Dec. 1–Dec. 25 I will be traversing every genre imaginable to examine how Christmas is brought to life, celebrated, and in some cases, reviled.
I will be following roughly the same format as last year. There will be no Rudolph or Charlie Brown present in my list. Instead, I will be focusing on those episodes that could stand on their own alongside those Christmas specials as perennial holiday classics.
Throughout the year I have been meticulously making notes for possible series and episodes to include in this year’s countdown. I knew finding another 25 Christmas episodes wouldn’t be an issue, but could I come up with 25 completely different series? Happily, the answer is yes. There will be double-down’s this year, so even though I loved visiting Point Place and Greendale Community College last year, this year leads to new adventures.
However, as a way to get ready for the new year, I have collected all of last year’s posts below in order of when they were posted. Pick and choose at your leisure and get ready for tomorrow!
Yuletide TV: 2012 Edition
1. Saved by the Bell, “Home for Christmas (Parts 1 & 2)”
2. Clone High, “Snowflake Day: A Very Special Holiday Episode”
3. That 70’s Show, “An Eric Foreman Christmas”
4. The Inbetweeners, “Xmas Party”
5. Dorm Life, “Finals”
6. Recess, “Yes Mikey, Santa Does Shave”
7. Batman: The Animated Series, “Christmas with the Joker”
8. X-Men, “Have Yourself a Morlock Little X-mas”
9. Futurama, “X-mas Story”
10. South Park, “It’s Christmas in Canada”
11. American Dad!, “Rapture’s Delight”
12. Band of Brothers/The Pacific, “Bastogne/Battle of Guadalcanal/Leckie”
13. M*A*S*H, “Death Takes a Holiday”
14. Cheers, “Christmas Cheers”
15. Home Improvement, ” ‘Twas the Flight Before Christmas”
16. Spin City, “Miracle Near 34th Street”
17. Scrubs, “My Own Personal Jesus”
18. Saturday Night Live, “Steve Martin/Alec Baldwin/Justin Timberlake”
19. Top Gear, “Vietnam Special”
20. Smallville, “Lexmas”
21. Misfits, “Christmas Special (Episode Seven)”
22. How I Met Your Mother, “Symphony of Illumination”
23. Mad Men, “Christmas Comes but Once a Year”
24. Community, “Comparative Religion”
25. The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air: “Deck the Halls”
Tomorrow: The real fun gets underway!