Three long years ago, when I was a brand new blogger, I wrote a post that was intended to be my top ten favorite Christmas movies. Small measures aren’t in my DNA though, so I ended up listing thirty movies.
This year, I thought I’d focus on individual holiday-themed TV episodes that make me happy. It’s no small task, so I decided to focus on a handful of shows that I enjoy returning to this time of year. I encourage you to head to the comments and add your own favorites.
Originally, this list was going to include a shot summary of each episode. But I didn’t have enough time to make that happen AND keep watching loads of television, so instead it’s simply a list of recommendations. Please head to the comments and add your own suggestions!
- Season 1 Episode 12 “Comparative Religion”
- Season 2 Episode 11 “Abed’s Uncontrollable Christmas”
- Season 3 Episode 10 “Regional Holiday Music”
Happy Endings: Season 2 Episode 9 “Grinches Be Crazy”
New Girl: Season 1 Episode 9 “The 23rd”
Parks and Recreation: Season 2 Episode 12 “Christmas Scandal”
I recommend watching these three comedy Christmas episodes together. Your quirky heart will be warmed.
The Mary Tyler Moore Show: Season 1 Episode 14 “Christmas and the Hard-Luck Kid II”
I have a lot of love for The Mary TylerMoore Show and am working on a post that talks about the show right now. I honestly don’t remember a whole lot about this particular episode, but Mary has to work on Christmas. If that’s your deal, watch it to commiserate.
- Season 1 Episode 11 “The Limo”
- Season 2 Episode 11 “How Lily Stole Christmas”
- Season 4 Episode 11 “Little Minnesota”
- Season 6 Episode 12 “False Positive”
- Season 7 Episode 12 “Symphony of Illumination”
There are a lot of great HIMYM holiday episodes, even from the weak later seasons. “The Limo” is highly recommended New Year’s Eve viewing.
The Big Bang Theory: Season 2 Episode 11 “The Bath Item Gift Hypothesis”
I caught this one on TV the other day – still adorable.
- Season 2 Episode 10 “Christmas Party”
- Season 3 Episodes 10/11 “A Benihana Christmas”
- Season 5 Episode 11 “Moroccan Christmas”
- Season 6 Episode 13 “Secret Santa”
- Season 7 Episodes 11/12 “Classy Christmas”
If you were only going to watch Christmas episodes from one show, it should be this one. They especially nailed it in the early seasons.
- Season 1 Episode 11 “Chuck vs. The Crown Vic”
- Season 2 Episode 11 “Chuck vs. Santa Claus”
I love Chuck. Chuck is heartwarming. Perfect for the holidays. Kids love it, too!
Friday Night Lights: Season 5 Episode 13 “Always” (Series Finale)
There is no such thing as watching the series finale of FNL too often. The finale isn’t exclusively Christmas, but since FNL seasons usually ended before the holidays, it’s the only episode we have that features Christmas.
- Season 1 Episode 8 “Love and War and Snow”
- Season 2 Episode 10 “The Bracebridge Dinner”
- Season 3, Episode 10 “That’ll Do, Pig”
- Season 7 Episode 11 “Santa’s Secret Stuff”
Most of these aren’t Christmas episodes, but “first snowfall” episodes that always, always put me in the Christmas spirit. In fact, there’s a Gilmore Girls marathon on right now that has been preventing me from checking some things off my to-do list.
Downton Abbey Christmas Specials. I am so excited for the new one to air! The Downton Abbey Christmas Special from last year is almost more like a movie, at an hour and a half long, which is just fine with me. It is so good.