I’ve decided to take a quick break of Christmas gift ideas to discuss some of my favorite Christmas specials (MakeSandcastlesNotWar isn’t all about materialism you know!). One of the best parts of Christmas are the amazing Christmas specials that air every year. Frosty, Rudolph, and even Santa swarm into our airwaves during the month of December to remind everyone of the Christmas spirit. It’s that special time of the month where we take a break from the typical programs and realize what’s truly important in life.
To celebrate the awesome Christmas specials, I created a list of some of my favorite Christmas TV Specials/movies that I enjoy. Some really touched my heart while others forced me to look away. It’s the specials that made me happy, cheerful, laugh, cry, shocked, and just heartfelt about the season. Here are some of the memorable Christmas TV specials/movies that I enjoy each year:
How the Grinch Stole Christmas: You’re a mean one, Mr. Grinch! You’ve got termites in your smile! It’s the classic tale of The Grinch trying to steal Christmas from the Whos down in Whoville. He managed to take EVERYTHING from the Whos: presents, ornaments, food, decorations, and so much more! Why that Grinch even took the last can of Who Hash. The Grinch even took the roast beef…that bastard! Although in the end, he realizes what Christmas really was all about and returns everything back to the Whos.
A Charlie Brown Christmas: It’s the Charlie Brown special that will go down in history as one of the best Christmas specials ever. Charlie Brown doesn’t understand the meaning of Christmas, yet he’s been made as director of the school play. He truly didn’t get it, until Linus says his famous lines near the end. His friends gathered around him at the tree and celebrated Christmas with him in the end. Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown!
Mad Men “Christmas Comes But Once a Year”: Shut the door and have a seat, because we are going to be discussing the special Mad Men Christmas episode “Christmas Comes But Once a Year”. The episode opens on December 1964, where Sterling Cooper Draper Price is hosting their Christmas party. Sterling Cooper Draper Price faces serious financial problems due to their limited client base and their expensive new office space. Meanwhile, Don Draper’s private life becomes even more complicated (when has Don Draper’s life EVER been simple?). One of the highlights was seeing Roger Sterling putting on a Santa suit for the party. It’s business as usual for this Mad Men Christmas episode.
It’s a Wonderful Life: This classic Christmas film airs every Christmas Eve on NBC. James Stewart stars at George Bailey, a man who gave up his dreams in order to help others. He was about to jump off the bridge in Bedford Falls, until he was intervened by his guardian angel Clarence Odbody. Clarence shows George an alternative life where he was never born. It was that alternative reality that helped him snap into reality, running into his family’s home.
Frosty the Snowman: Frosty the Snowman was one of many television specials from Rankin/Bass Productions. The kids run outside during recess to build a snowman whom they named Frosty. Professor Hinkle’s rabbit Hocus Pocus heads outside with the hat that the children put on Frosty’s head. That hat caused Frosty to come to life, starting what would be an incredible adventure for the kids. It’s the Christmas special that made me wish I could bring Frosty the Snowman myself!
Nip/Tuck “Reefer”: Before Ryan Murphy scared us shitless with American Horror Story, he shocked us with the series Nip/Tuck. Nip/Tuck had a few Christmas episodes, but they were not so jolly to watch! The episode deals with Sean McNamara as he spends his Christmas alone drinking to a great extent while his best friend Christian gets surprised with 3-year-old Wilber coming back into his life. Sean gets asked to be a mall Santa, in which hilarity ensues. He continues drinking and starts insulting the kids coming up to him. One of the best highlights is when one of the elves starts blowing him while Christian watches in shock. You go, Sean as Santa Claus!
Prancer: Oh my god…this movie got sad quickly! I remember watching this movie in 5th grade during the Christmas party at Doyon School with my friends. We were all hyped to be out of school for vacation, so we celebrated with a Christmas party. Jessica Riggs encounters a live reindeer in the woods that she named Prancer, so she hides him inside the barn to nurse him. Her father wants the reindeer out of their life, but she couldn’t bear to lose him. Prancer!
American Horror Story “Unholy Night”: Nip/Tuck gave us some sullen Christmas-themed episodes and American Horror Story was no different. The episode “Unholy Night” of American Horror Story: Asylum introduced us to a new nightmare: a killer Santa Claus. Leigh Emerson was a man who had a psychotic breakdown, causing him to dress up as Santa Claus and start killing people. He becomes a patient at Briarcliff, only to bite off an orderly’s nose on Christmas. One of his victims was Sister Mary Eunice, but instead she stabs him in the neck with a letter opener. It was a very violent/bloody Christmas at Briarcliff.
The Muppet Christmas Carol: And now we’ve come to the final title of our list: The Muppet Christmas Carol. Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, The Great Gonzo, and the other Muppets come together to reenact Charles Dickens’ classic tale. Ebenezer Scrooge does not share the merriment of Christmas, so he is haunted by the three ghosts of Christmas. Each ghost shows him his past/present/future of everyone celebrating Christmas without him. It is then that he wakes up from his dream, running down to join everyone on Christmas Day. Scrooge finally gets the Christmas spirit and realizes what it’s truly all about.