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At this time of year we are all enjoying holiday films, but why not revisit old holiday episodes of our favorite TV shows. There are so many to choose from and they can all bring us a little holiday cheer.
Here I count down the ten best Christmas episodes. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
10 Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Amends (Season 3 episode 10)
How can you not love an episode where it snows in sunny California. This show is all about the supernatural, so we can totally believe snow in Sunnydale. I mean everything else happens there. This is the episode where the First is trying to get Angel to kill himself by preying on his guilt. If it wasn’t for a miracle of no sun on Christmas, Angel would have been out of the series sooner than he was. This is a really great Buffy episode, but if you are looking for a holiday twist, it’s great with all the holiday festivities wrapped around a ‘Buffy’ episode.
9 Dawson’s Creek, Merry Mayhem (Season 6 Episode 10)
This episode is very late in the series. We know all of the characters and we’ve been there through the Dawson years and the Pacey years and we are just not sure which one Joey will end up with yet. Audrey is a little depressed, ok a lot depressed. She’s taking pills and her frustration comes out at the table at Mrs. Leary’s house. This is the scene that makes the episode and why this episode made my list. It’s funny and dramatic all at once. Audrey speaks the truth, mostly. Check out a clip from the scene:
8 Grey’s Anatomy, Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer (Season 2 Episode 12)
The doctors of ‘Grey’s’ are not all in the holiday spirit, but some of them are trying to get the rest of them in the mood. Izzie decorates Meredith’s house and it looks like an elf threw up in there and Burke is excited to celebrate his first Christmas with Cristina, but then he finds out she’s Jewish. He then is willing to celebrate her traditions, but she doesn’t have any. Derek is miserable because he can’t be with Meredith and Addison is trying her best to cheer him up. Not everyone likes the holiday’s and this is a great episode illustrating that, but it still gets you in the holiday spirit. I guess Izzie and Burke know what they are doing. Check out a clip from the episode:
7 Brothers and Sisters, Light the Lights (Season 1 episode 10)
Christmas is all about family and so is ‘Brothers and Sisters’. This is the Walker’s first Christmas without their dad and they are still dealing with the mess he left them with, a mistress and a sinking company. They manage to save the company, for now, but the mistress, Holly, is now part owner of the company. What a Merry Christmas for this family. On a happier note, Kevin is able to extend Justin’s leave to six months before he has to rejoin the army. Paige is having a crisis of faith with her diabetes and thinks if she discovers her Jewish roots that God will listen to her and make her better. This is a great holiday episode because it shows Christmas and Hanukkah. You can celebrate both in just one episode!
6 Bones The Man in the Fallout Shelter (Season 1 episode 9)
Christmas is about being around family and not the gifts under the tree. Well in this episode the squints and Booth can’t be with their family because they are quarantined in the lab. This is before they all became a family, but this might be where it began. Angela decides to make Christmas, despite them being locked in the lab. She creates a Christmas tree on her Angelator and has a secret Santa where they all make the gifts. Bones shows that even when you can’t be with your families, you can stay have Christmas. Check out a clip from the episode where the squints talk about the meaning of Christmas:
5 Beverly Hills 90210 It’s a Totally Happening Life (Season 3 Episode 16)
Remember High School where you gave out Christmas cards and had candy canes the last week of school and really not a care in the world? Well, 90210 reminds you of how much you thought you had to care about back then. Poor Donna is trying to organize a field trip to give out presents to kids and everyone backs out at the last minute, because they have more pressing things to worry about. Kelly, Brenda and Dylan are fighting and Andrea and Brandon are fighting. Steve shows up though to be Santa, even though he’s technically not allowed to come to school functions, since he broke into the school and changed his grades. But good old vice principle, Mrs. Teasley, whips them in to shape and they may not be happy, but they all show up. Somehow though everyone finds the Christmas spirit in the end. I guess that’s what Christmas is all about, putting your differences aside and finding the holiday spirit. Check out this clip from the episode of the Christmas miracle:
4 Gossip Girl Roman Holiday (Season 1 Episode 11)
It’s Dan and Serena’s first Christmas together and they both want to get each other the perfect gift. Dan brings Serena a Christmas tree, since she’s in a hotel and they are not allowed tress in the hotel and lets her read the very first copy of his story about her that will be printed in the New Yorker. And Serena brings Dan snow, in a very untypical warm New York. If only we could all be in relationships so sweet as this. Blair is not getting her own way and you know how Blair does not like to not get her own way. She was looking forward to her father coming for Christmas, but he brings his boyfriend and Blair is not happy. She does everything she can to break them up. In the end she accepts them and gets her own room in their house in Paris. What more can a girl want for Christmas. Check out a clip from the episode with Dan and Serena:
3 Veronica Mars An Echolls Family Christmas (Season 1 episode 10)
The Mars family are on the case this holiday season, well two cases. Veronica is trying to find out who stole the money at the poker game and Keith is trying to find out who is threatening Aaron. Funny enough both of their cases deal with the Echolls’ family and end up at the Echolls’ Christmas party. As the holiday season is going on, the Mars family are hard at work finding their man or woman. But I guess that’s how we all are. Until Santa arrives Christmas morning, we still have our lives to live. Check out a clip from the episode, Veronica gets her man:
2 The Vampire Diaries ‘O Come, All Ye Faithful (Season 4 episode 9)
I love this episode because there is a lot of Christmas music and somehow the writers make it work with the drama on screen, like when Klaus kills the mayor. This is another Christmas episode that shows there is sometimes a lot going on in your life that it’s hard to sit down and celebrate Christmas. Elena and Bonnie are trying to stop Jeremy from killing Elena, Elena and Damon are trying to deal with the sire bond, Stefan and Caroline are continuing the hunt for the cure and Tyler is trying to kill Klaus. While all this is going on there is a town Christmas party happening. Elena, Jeremy and Bonnie do find a little of the holiday spirit through all the mess. Check out the promo for the episode:
Bonus! Here is a clip for you Karoline shippers:
1 Supernatural A Very Supernatural Christmas (Season 3 episode 8)
In season three Dean is going to have his last Christmas, well so he believed. And he wanted to celebrate it one last time, but not before they solved the case. The Winchesters are dealing with an evil Santa, or so it appeared. The monster is dressed up as Santa and takes his victims up the chimney and he doesn’t care if a little kid is around while he does it. It turns out Sam and Dean are dealing with Pagan Gods. I guess it’s kind of fitting, since Christmas was once a Pagan holiday. After Sam and Dean save the day yet again, they enjoy some eggnog and exchange presents from a local gas station and enjoy a nice quiet Christmas. Check out the clip of Sam and Dean exchanging presents: