The 12 Days of Christmas wouldn’t be complete without a review of the best TV Christmas specials – okay maybe not the ones of high quality, like a Christmas version of Hamilton on PBS, but these specials are some of the funniest, most absurd, and cheesiest Christmas programs you’ve seen on the tube. May your Christmas season be merry and bright, and cheers to great TV!
Merry Christmas, Drake & Josh
This technically is a TV movie, but it still counts. Here we have a rooftop Christmas party, nonstop antics from Drake and Josh (fun fact: he is Oprah’s biggest fan!), and the usual snarkiness and scheming from Megan, their younger sister (played by Miranda Cosgrove, of iCarly fame). I made it a priority to watch this in 8th grade, and if it’s still on Nickelodeon, I’ll watch it this year too. One note: there is no snow in this one since it’s in California.
This is probably the stupidest thing I can remember watching, but it was pretty entertaining. When you have a chorus of fish led by Spongebob and Patrick singing “Santa’s coming tonight tonight, Santa’s coming tonight!” right outside Squidward’s house, you know something’s going down! Squidward will get annoyed at them, Santa may or may not come, but the spirit and joy of the anticipation of the Christmas season is with them all!
The Year Without a Santa Claus
Perhaps you could say this is a darker Christmas tale, but it has a silver lining and some catchy tunes! Sweet Mrs. Claus is the narrator of this special, and she tells of a time when there was no Santa Claus, as made evident by the title. Throughout the land, there is a mean mayor who presides over a dull, gray city, and orders against toys (and fun, I think). Not to mention some kickass musical numbers from the Heat Miser and the Snow Miser! It’s stop motion, from decades ago, and is kind of kitschy, but if that’s your thing, watch!
A Charlie Brown Christmas
This is THE Christmas special to beat all Christmas specials. You need to watch it. It’s so sentimental that if you didn’t feel bad for Charlie Brown, I’d question your humanity a little bit. We all kind of know the story of the Charlie Brown story of Christmas, but here is a brief synopsis. Charlie Brown is feeling sad because he doesn’t really feel the love, joy, and appreciation of the Christmas season. He’s a shy kid, but at least he has his trusted friend and dog, Snoopy. One night, presumably Christmas Eve, he is in a field, with a small, sad-looking Christmas tree, and he feels a little melancholy. But then, with a little help from his friends, they spruce up the Christmas tree with some ornaments, garlands, and a star on top. At the height of the Christmas moment of pure joy and celebration, they sing “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”, spreading the happiness and community of the Christmas season! I’m a little biased with this, and maybe it’s a little too sentimental, but this symbolizes Christmas for me, right to a tee.
We all have different ways of getting into the Christmas spirit, from wearing festive goggles for our extracurricular activities, to putting a Christmas tree and stockings in our dorms, to loudly chanting “Santa’s coming tonight tonight, Santa’s coming tonight!” in crowded elevators. Some of us aren’t really into the Christmas season, whether we don’t care, or we aren’t always so jolly. We may be of a different religion and have our own holiday traditions, or we may not be religious at all. All of that is fine, but if you want to get into a little bit of the holiday or Christmas spirit, just watch one of these TV specials and get stoked! It will be a good time, and your December will be a little more ‘rockin!