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During the 1980s and 90s, British Christmas specials usually took place in some decidedly un-Christmassy part of the world such as Florida (''OnlyFoolsAndHorses'') or Majorca (''BirdsOfAFeather''). This has proven unpopular in recent years.

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During the 1980s and 90s, British Christmas specials usually took place in some decidedly un-Christmassy part of the world such as Florida (''OnlyFoolsAndHorses'') (''Series/OnlyFoolsAndHorses'') or Majorca (''BirdsOfAFeather'').(''Series/BirdsOfAFeather''). This has proven unpopular in recent years.






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* A ''GreenLantern'' storyline had Larfleeze (an Orange Lantern who represents avarice) discovering Christmas and attempting to celebrate it. HilarityEnsues. It ends with a bit of a TearJerker, however...

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* A ''GreenLantern'' ''ComicBook/GreenLantern'' storyline had Larfleeze (an Orange Lantern who represents avarice) discovering Christmas and attempting to celebrate it. HilarityEnsues. It ends with a bit of a TearJerker, however...



* ''[[FanFic/JusticeLeagueOfEquestria Mare Of Steel]]'' had a side story that acted as a Christmas Episode; Rainbow suits up and finds a ship caught in the middle of a storm. She destroys the storm, and then carries the ship into port, all so a father doesn't have to break his promise to his daughter that he'd be home for Hearth's Warming.

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* ''[[FanFic/JusticeLeagueOfEquestria Mare Of of Steel]]'' had a side story that acted as a Christmas Episode; Rainbow suits up and finds a ship caught in the middle of a storm. She destroys the storm, and then carries the ship into port, all so a father doesn't have to break his promise to his daughter that he'd be home for Hearth's Warming.



* ''FanFic/ChristmasWithACorduroy'': Dipper and Mabel invite Wendy over for Christmas. Having done Apocalypse training with her family as a holiday tradition, Wendy has to adapt to having a traditional Christmas, while dealing with the twins' overprotective mother.

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* ''FanFic/ChristmasWithACorduroy'': ''Fanfic/ChristmasWithACorduroy'': Dipper and Mabel invite Wendy over for Christmas. Having done Apocalypse training with her family as a holiday tradition, Wendy has to adapt to having a traditional Christmas, while dealing with the twins' overprotective mother. mother.
* ''The [=DysFUNctional=] Christmas'' is a Christmas spin-off for ''Fanfic/TheDysFUNctionalPirates'', complete with parodies of Christmas movies and specials, all of the randomness of ''The [=DysFUNctional=] Pirates}}'', and at least one reference to ''Film/{{Inception}}'' in every chapter.
* ''WebVideo/ImAMarvelAndImADC'' has "Twas the Dark Knight Before Christmas".
* ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged'' turned ''Anime/TheTreeOfMight'' into this: the whole plot started because Krillin wished for the perfect Christmas tree and Turles is basically what would happen if the Grinch was a Saiyan.
-->'''Opening theme:''' Jingle bell, jingle bell, jingle bell [[LastSecondWordSwap ROCK THE DRAGON, DRAGON BALL Z!]]



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* ''Film/LoveFindsAndyHardy'', the fourth film in the 16-film Film/AndyHardy series, finds Andy and his family at Christmas time. Andy is worried about getting a date for the big Christmas dance after his steady girlfriend Polly leaves town to spend the holidays with family elsewhere.

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* ''Film/LoveFindsAndyHardy'', the fourth film in the 16-film Film/AndyHardy ''Film/AndyHardy'' series, finds Andy and his family at Christmas time. Andy is worried about getting a date for the big Christmas dance after his steady girlfriend Polly leaves town to spend the holidays with family elsewhere.



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* ''Series/ICarly'': The [[SarcasmMode imaginatively named]] ''iChristmas''. Complete with ''ItsAWonderfulLife''-based plot and ShoutOut to ''{{Peanuts}}''.
* ''TheRoyleFamily'' had a Christmas Episode after its second season which saw Denise giving birth prematurely. The series finished with its next Christmas Episode, though it did come back for a one-off (non-seasonal) special episode six years later and a seasonal one in 2008.

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* ''Series/ICarly'': The [[SarcasmMode imaginatively named]] ''iChristmas''. "iChristmas". Complete with ''ItsAWonderfulLife''-based ''Film/ItsAWonderfulLife''-based plot and ShoutOut to ''{{Peanuts}}''.
''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}''.
* ''TheRoyleFamily'' had ''Series/TheRoyleFamily'' has a Christmas Episode after its second season which saw Denise giving birth prematurely. The series finished with its next Christmas Episode, though it did come back for a one-off (non-seasonal) special episode six years later and a seasonal one in 2008.



* For three years (1995-1997), ''OneFootInTheGrave'' became a series of nothing ''but'' Christmas Episodes. A concluding series was broadcast in 2000.
* Like ''OneFootInTheGrave'', there was a period when ''OnlyFoolsAndHorses'' consisted entirely of Christmas Episodes, in this case between 1991 and 1996 (with a three-parter intended to be the finale). The series later had three more Christmas Episodes from 2001 to 2003.

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* For three years (1995-1997), ''OneFootInTheGrave'' ''Series/OneFootInTheGrave'' became a series of nothing ''but'' Christmas Episodes. A concluding series was broadcast in 2000.
* Like ''OneFootInTheGrave'', the above, there was a period when ''OnlyFoolsAndHorses'' ''Series/OnlyFoolsAndHorses'' consisted entirely of Christmas Episodes, in this case between 1991 and 1996 (with a three-parter intended to be the finale). The series later had three more Christmas Episodes from 2001 to 2003.



* ''SuperSentai'', PR's parent shows, does Christmas episodes far more frequently due to the difference in airing dates. Both franchises tend towards AnAssKickingChristmas.
* ''ThomasTheTankEngine'' has had a Christmas episode in nearly each of its seasons.
** The US dub of Series 3's Christmas Episode was turned into a ThanksgivingEpisode.

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* ''SuperSentai'', ''Franchise/SuperSentai'', PR's parent shows, does Christmas episodes far more frequently due to the difference in airing dates. Both franchises tend towards AnAssKickingChristmas.
* ''ThomasTheTankEngine'' has had a Christmas episode in nearly each of its seasons.
** The US dub of Series 3's Christmas Episode was turned into a ThanksgivingEpisode.
AnAssKickingChristmas.



* ''TopGear'''s overseas specials tend to be {{Christmas Episode}}s.

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* ''TopGear'''s ''Series/TopGear'''s overseas specials tend to be {{Christmas Episode}}s.



* ''{{Reba}}'' has one of these.

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* ''{{Reba}}'' %%* ''Series/{{Reba}}'' has one of these.



* ''TheDickVanDykeShow'' had a classic episode where the Alan Brady Show writers all performed on a holiday variety show.

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* ''TheDickVanDykeShow'' ''Series/TheDickVanDykeShow'' had a classic episode where the Alan Brady Show writers all performed on a holiday variety show.



* An early ''GreenAcres'' episode has Oliver anxious for an old-fashioned Christmas in his new country home - he finds that 'traditional' in Hooterville means (literal) AluminumChristmasTrees.
* ''RutlandWeekendTelevision'' had a Christmas show where guest star George Harrison was determined to play a pirate, although there was no pirate sketch in the schedule.
* Lampshaded in the title of an episode of ''TheWeirdAlShow'' named "The Obligatory Holiday Episode", though the episode was about the characters celebrating all holidays at once, not just Christmas.

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* An early ''GreenAcres'' ''Series/GreenAcres'' episode has Oliver anxious for an old-fashioned Christmas in his new country home - he finds that 'traditional' in Hooterville means (literal) AluminumChristmasTrees.
* ''RutlandWeekendTelevision'' ''Series/RutlandWeekendTelevision'' had a Christmas show where guest star George Harrison was determined to play a pirate, although there was no pirate sketch in the schedule.
* Lampshaded in the title of an episode of ''TheWeirdAlShow'' ''Series/TheWeirdAlShow'' named "The Obligatory Holiday Episode", though the episode was about the characters celebrating all holidays at once, not just Christmas.



* RaisingHope: "Toy Story".

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* RaisingHope: %%* Series/RaisingHope: "Toy Story".



** Season 3 parodied ''Series/{{Glee}}'' with the study group getting assimilated one by one into the Christmas pageant - they end the show watching the JustForFun/InspectorSpacetime Christmas special.

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** Season 3 parodied ''Series/{{Glee}}'' with the study group getting assimilated one by one into the Christmas pageant - -- they end the show watching the JustForFun/InspectorSpacetime ''JustForFun/InspectorSpacetime'' Christmas special.



* ''TheVicarOfDibley'', being set in a church, naturally had a few. These were originally major parts of the show's continuity, as Alice [[AwayInAManger gave birth to her baby as part of the nativity scene]]. Once the show ended, the actors would get together again every year to do a special ChristmasEpisode for charity.

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* ''TheVicarOfDibley'', ''Series/TheVicarOfDibley'', being set in a church, naturally had a few. These were originally major parts of the show's continuity, as Alice [[AwayInAManger gave birth to her baby as part of the nativity scene]]. Once the show ended, the actors would get together again every year to do a special ChristmasEpisode for charity.



* ''TalkinBoutYourGeneration'' had one that aired on Christmas Eve and was (what else?) Christmas-themed.

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* ''TalkinBoutYourGeneration'' ''Series/TalkinBoutYourGeneration'' had one that aired on Christmas Eve and was (what else?) Christmas-themed.



* ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'' did the "[[ItsAWonderfulPlot It's a Bundyful Life]]" thing, with Creator/SamKinison as Al's guardian angel.
** Additionally, there was "You Better Watch Out" (with a parachuting Mall Santa falling to his death in the Bundys' backyard), "Christmas" (Al working multiple jobs to buy gifts), "The Worst Noel", and "God Help Ye Merry Bundymen".

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* ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'' ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'':
** The show
did the "[[ItsAWonderfulPlot It's a Bundyful Life]]" thing, with Creator/SamKinison as Al's guardian angel.
** Additionally, there was is "You Better Watch Out" (with a parachuting Mall Santa falling to his death in the Bundys' backyard), "Christmas" (Al working multiple jobs to buy gifts), "The Worst Noel", and "God Help Ye Merry Bundymen".



* Given its somewhat elastic definitions of history, ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'' has what may be the only live-action Christmas episode in which the word "Christmas" is never mentioned (for obvious reasons) - "A Solstice Carol."

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* Given its somewhat elastic definitions of history, ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'' has what may be the only live-action Christmas episode in which the word "Christmas" is never mentioned (for obvious reasons) - -- "A Solstice Carol."Carol".



* "During the course of its series' run, ''TheDukesOfHazzard'' was on the air for six consecutive Decembers. However, "The Great Santa Clause Chase" was the series' only holiday-themed show." (David Hofstede, in the unofficial companion book for the series)

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* "During the course of its series' run, ''TheDukesOfHazzard'' ''Series/TheDukesOfHazzard'' was on the air for six consecutive Decembers. However, "The Great Santa Clause Chase" was the series' only holiday-themed show." (David Hofstede, in the unofficial companion book for the series)



* "[[Series/FraggleRock The Bells Of Fraggle Rock]]"



* Episode #115 of ''TakeshisCastle'' was this, especially in the Comedy skits of said episode.
* ''Series/{{How I Met Your Mother}}'' has 3 Christmas episodes.

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* Episode #115 of ''TakeshisCastle'' was ''Series/TakeshisCastle'' is this, especially in the Comedy skits of said episode.
* ''Series/{{How I Met Your Mother}}'' ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' has 3 Christmas episodes.



* ''PunkyBrewster'' had two. "Yes, Punky, There Is A Santa Claus" had Henry dressed as Santa, and Punky (who doesn't know it's him) asks for her mother for Christmas. In first-run syndication, "Christmas Thief" had Punky goaded into shoplifting a scarf.

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* ''PunkyBrewster'' ''Series/PunkyBrewster'' had two. "Yes, Punky, There Is A Santa Claus" had Henry dressed as Santa, and Punky (who doesn't know it's him) asks for her mother for Christmas. In first-run syndication, "Christmas Thief" had Punky goaded into shoplifting a scarf.



* {{Series/Schillerstrasse}} has one where Christmas is celebrated two days in advance because everyone's going to celebrate it with their families.

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* {{Series/Schillerstrasse}} ''Series/{{Schillerstrasse}}'' has one where Christmas is celebrated two days in advance because everyone's going to celebrate it with their families.



* ''Series/BarneyAndFriends'' has had two one hour specials. The first was ''Barney's Night Before Christmas'' in 2000 and the second was 2002's ''Barney's Christmas Star''.
* ''Series/SesameStreet'' has had a few Christmas specials during its run. The earliest was the prime time special ''Christmas Eve on Sesame Street'' in 1978. There was also the commercial broadcast special ''A Special Sesame Street Christmas'' in that same year. 1996 had ''Elmo Saves Christmas'' and 2007 had the commercial special ''Elmo's Christmas Countdown''.






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* An ongoing theme of SHINE end of year shows starting ar 23, where Mia Yim wore red and green, Leva Bates [[Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy was red and green]], Wrestling/{{Daffney|Unger}} was a reindeer.[[/folder]]

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* An ongoing theme of SHINE end of year shows starting ar 23, where Mia Yim wore red and green, Leva Bates [[Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy was red and green]], Wrestling/{{Daffney|Unger}} was a reindeer.reindeer.
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%%* ''Series/FraggleRock'': "The Bells Of Fraggle Rock"
* ''Series/BarneyAndFriends'' has had two one hour specials. The first was ''Barney's Night Before Christmas'' in 2000 and the second was 2002's ''Barney's Christmas Star''.
* ''Series/SesameStreet'' has had a few Christmas specials during its run. The earliest was the prime time special ''Christmas Eve on Sesame Street'' in 1978. There was also the commercial broadcast special ''A Special Sesame Street Christmas'' in that same year. 1996 had ''Elmo Saves Christmas'' and 2007 had the commercial special ''Elmo's Christmas Countdown''.
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* [[IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming Fit the Seventh]] of [[Radio/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy ''The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy'']] was commissioned by the BBC as one of these, but ended up having absolutely nothing to do with Christmas as Creator/DouglasAdams simply couldn't think of an idea. (Seeing as it was still advertised as a Christmas special, this may well be a subversion.) It was, instead, used as a way of tying the first two phases together--and, as a result, which one it's actually attached to is rather vague. The LP and CD of the Secondary Phase opens with Fit the Seventh, clearing up the confusion.

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* [[IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming Fit the Seventh]] of [[Radio/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy ''The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy'']] ''Radio/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' was commissioned by the BBC as one of these, but ended up having absolutely nothing to do with Christmas as Creator/DouglasAdams simply couldn't think of an idea. (Seeing as it was still advertised as a Christmas special, this may well be a subversion.) It was, instead, used as a way of tying the first two phases together--and, together -- and, as a result, which one it's actually attached to is rather vague. The LP and CD of the Secondary Phase opens with Fit the Seventh, clearing up the confusion.



** This was a continuation of the annual ''Radio/ImSorryIllReadThatAgain'' panto, which ran slightly longer than ISIRTA itself.
* ''TheBurkissWay'' had three episodes over its run that were broadcast around Christmas and could be considered Christmas episodes:

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** * This was a continuation of the annual ''Radio/ImSorryIllReadThatAgain'' panto, which ran slightly longer than ISIRTA itself.
* ''TheBurkissWay'' ''Radio/TheBurkissWay'' had three episodes over its run that were broadcast around Christmas and could be considered Christmas episodes:



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* ''WebAnimation/MyJungleBookYourYear'' has "A Very Furi Christmas".
* ''WebAnimation/{{Eddsworld}}'': Edd, Matt, Tom and Tord (until 2008) had almost an Eddsworld Christmas Special or a Zanta Claws every year. Also the short "Xmas Day" and "Snowgre".
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* ''TheAnnoyingOrange'' has at least one Christmas video every year:

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* ''TheAnnoyingOrange'' ''WebVideo/TheAnnoyingOrange'' has at least one Christmas video every year:



* ''The DysFUNctional Christmas'' is a Christmas spin-off for ''{{The DysFUNctional Pirates}}'', complete with parodies of Christmas movies and specials, all of the randomness of ''{{The DysFUNctional Pirates}}'', and at least one reference to ''Film/{{Inception}}'' in every chapter.
* ''WebVideo/ImAMarvelAndImADC'' has "Twas the Dark Knight Before Christmas".
* The first season of ''WebVideo/{{lonelygirl15}}'' had one, "Christmas Surprise."

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* ''The DysFUNctional Christmas'' is a Christmas spin-off for ''{{The DysFUNctional Pirates}}'', complete with parodies of Christmas movies and specials, all of the randomness of ''{{The DysFUNctional Pirates}}'', and at least one reference to ''Film/{{Inception}}'' in every chapter.
* ''WebVideo/ImAMarvelAndImADC'' has "Twas the Dark Knight Before Christmas".
* The first season of ''WebVideo/{{lonelygirl15}}'' ''WebVideo/Lonelygirl15'' had one, "Christmas Surprise."



* A side story of ''TrintonChronicles'' featured Christmas themes (although it is called [[CallARabbitASmeerp Yule]]) and took place both in the [[TimeTravel past and present]] of the story. The current story takes place during the actual month of December and features decorations and the similar themes of Christmas.
* The ''WhateleyUniverse'' did a whole series of Christmas stories, all for Christmas 2006 (when the stories take place). A couple of them even came out at Christmas time, one year or another.

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* A side story of ''TrintonChronicles'' ''Literature/TrintonChronicles'' featured Christmas themes (although it is called [[CallARabbitASmeerp Yule]]) and took place both in the [[TimeTravel past and present]] of the story. The current story takes place during the actual month of December and features decorations and the similar themes of Christmas.
* The ''WhateleyUniverse'' ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'' did a whole series of Christmas stories, all for Christmas 2006 (when the stories take place). A couple of them even came out at Christmas time, one year or another.



* ''MyJungleBookYourYear'' has "A Very Furi Christmas".



-->'''Quinn''': Christ, this is depressing. And I'm Irish! I'm going to watch ''Angela's Ashes'' so I can remember what it feels like to laugh again.
* ''WebAnimation/{{Eddsworld}}'': Edd, Matt, Tom and Tord (until 2008) had almost an Eddsworld Christmas Special or a Zanta Claws every year. Also the short "Xmas Day" and "Snowgre".

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-->'''Quinn''': -->'''Quinn:''' Christ, this is depressing. And I'm Irish! I'm going to watch ''Angela's Ashes'' so I can remember what it feels like to laugh again.
* ''WebAnimation/{{Eddsworld}}'': Edd, Matt, Tom and Tord (until 2008) had almost an Eddsworld Christmas Special or a Zanta Claws every year. Also the short "Xmas Day" and "Snowgre".
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* ''CarmillaTheSeries'' has [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin The Christmas Special]], where Laura, Carmilla, Perry, and [=LaFontaine=] find themselves trapped in a diner with a woman who keeps trying to feed them cookies. [[spoiler: [[HanselAndGretel She's a cannibal.]]]]
* ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged'' turned ''Anime/TheTreeOfMight'' into this: the whole plot started because Krillin wished for the perfect Christmas tree and Turles is basically what would happen if the Grinch was a Saiyan.
-->'''Opening theme:''' Jingle bell, jingle bell, jingle bell [[LastSecondWordSwap ROCK THE DRAGON, DRAGON BALL Z!]]

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* ''CarmillaTheSeries'' ''WebVideo/CarmillaTheSeries'' has [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin The Christmas Special]], where Laura, Carmilla, Perry, and [=LaFontaine=] find themselves trapped in a diner with a woman who keeps trying to feed them cookies. [[spoiler: [[HanselAndGretel She's a cannibal.]]]]
* ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged'' turned ''Anime/TheTreeOfMight'' into this: the whole plot started because Krillin wished for the perfect Christmas tree and Turles is basically what would happen if the Grinch was a Saiyan.
-->'''Opening theme:''' Jingle bell, jingle bell, jingle bell [[LastSecondWordSwap ROCK THE DRAGON, DRAGON BALL Z!]]
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* ''WesternAnimation/ThomasTheTankEngine'' has had a Christmas episode in nearly each of its seasons. The US dub of Series 3's Christmas Episode was turned into a ThanksgivingEpisode.



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13th Jul '16 5:02:05 PM SomberCaelifera
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** Season 4: "The Grimm who Stole Christmas" has the Mediteranian [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kallikantzaros Kallikantzaros]].

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** Season 4: "The Grimm who Stole Christmas" has the Mediteranian Mediterranean [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kallikantzaros Kallikantzaros]].
12th Jul '16 11:55:32 PM JMQwilleran
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* ''WesternAnimation/KateAndMimMim'' has "A Christmas Wish," in which Kate wishes for her father to be home in time for Christmas.
7th Jul '16 5:01:37 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Spirit of the Season'' is a Christmas and Hanukkah-themed supplement for ''SpiritOfTheCentury,'' featuring pulp-adventure versions of Santa Claus, his reindeer (actually humans in this case), and a handful of Jewish allies as ready-made {{Player Character}}s.

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* ''Spirit of the Season'' is a Christmas and Hanukkah-themed supplement for ''SpiritOfTheCentury,'' ''TabletopGame/SpiritOfTheCentury,'' featuring pulp-adventure versions of Santa Claus, his reindeer (actually humans in this case), and a handful of Jewish allies as ready-made {{Player Character}}s.
21st Jun '16 1:58:34 PM Willbyr
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* While ''Manga/{{Eyeshield 21}}'' is not essentially Christmas themed, [[{{Eyeshield 21}} the Deimon Devil Bats]] aspire to [[spoiler: and eventually do]] go to the Christmas Bowl, the biggest game of the year played on Christmas.

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* While ''Manga/{{Eyeshield 21}}'' is not essentially Christmas themed, [[{{Eyeshield 21}} the Deimon Devil Bats]] Bats aspire to [[spoiler: and [[spoiler:and eventually do]] go to the Christmas Bowl, the biggest game of the year played on Christmas.
21st Jun '16 1:58:11 PM Willbyr
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** And then came HetaliaBloodbath2010...

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** And then came HetaliaBloodbath2010...Manga/HetaliaBloodbath2010...
21st Jun '16 12:21:09 PM gewunomox
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* TheBangles also made Christmas tapes for their fan club in the '80s, "inspired by - okay, a blatant ripoff of" (said TheBangles' Vicki Peterson) the Beatles recordings. They later released ''Holiday in Bangleonia'', a limited-edition CD with both a re-release of their 1983 recording and a new one for 2004. The Bangles revived the tradition in 2009 with an annual holiday podcast.

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* TheBangles Music/TheBangles also made Christmas tapes for their fan club in the '80s, "inspired by - okay, a blatant ripoff of" (said TheBangles' The Bangles' Vicki Peterson) the Beatles recordings. They later released ''Holiday in Bangleonia'', a limited-edition CD with both a re-release of their 1983 recording and a new one for 2004. The Bangles revived the tradition in 2009 with an annual holiday podcast.
17th Jun '16 1:22:02 AM erforce
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* ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry 3'' had a unique code that made all the bonus levels Christmas-themed. After finding the Cheat menu, type in MERRY and suddenly the bonus levels will have Christmas music replacing the normal music, Christmas ornaments instead of stars, and presents instead of green bananas.

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* ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry 3'' ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry3DixieKongsDoubleTrouble'' had a unique code that made all the bonus levels Christmas-themed. After finding the Cheat menu, type in MERRY and suddenly the bonus levels will have Christmas music replacing the normal music, Christmas ornaments instead of stars, and presents instead of green bananas.
5th Jun '16 12:29:50 PM Sapphirea2
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** The first three -- [[Recap/DoctorWho2005CSTheChristmasInvasion "The Christmas Invasion"]], [[Recap/DoctorWho2006CSTheRunawayBride "The Runaway Bride"]] and [[Recap/DoctorWho2007CSVoyageOfTheDamned "Voyage of the Damned"]] -- are a strong part of the show's continuity, following directly on from the previous series' finale. Following this are the standalone [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E14TheNextDoctor "The Next Doctor"]], and [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E17E18TheEndOfTime "The End of Time"]] (which was split in two parts, airing on Christmas and New Year's Day). The first four are ''very'' Christmassy. "The End of Time" was the final story before a complete change in production team and [[TheNthDoctor lead actor]]; aside from the lack of Christmas elements besides the time period, it starts with premonitions of darkness and [[FromBadToWorse rapidly gets bleaker]], eventually rolling down into WhamEpisode territory. Taking a note from soap operas, these tend to have high body counts and bittersweet endings in general, [[LampshadeHanging to the point]] that London is evacuated on Christmas in "Voyage of the Damned" because everyone remembered what happened the last two Christmases!

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** The first three -- [[Recap/DoctorWho2005CSTheChristmasInvasion "The Christmas Invasion"]], [[Recap/DoctorWho2006CSTheRunawayBride "The Runaway Bride"]] and [[Recap/DoctorWho2007CSVoyageOfTheDamned "Voyage of the Damned"]] -- are a strong part of the show's continuity, following follow directly on from the their previous series' finale. finales. Following this are the standalone [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E14TheNextDoctor "The Next Doctor"]], Doctor"]] and [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E17E18TheEndOfTime "The End of Time"]] (which was split in two parts, airing on Christmas and New Year's Day). The first four are ''very'' Christmassy. "The End of Time" was the final story before a complete change in production team and [[TheNthDoctor lead actor]]; aside from the lack of Christmas elements besides the time period, it starts with premonitions of darkness and [[FromBadToWorse rapidly gets bleaker]], eventually rolling down into WhamEpisode territory. Taking a note from soap operas, these tend to have high body counts and bittersweet endings in general, [[LampshadeHanging to the point]] that London is evacuated on Christmas in "Voyage of the Damned" because everyone remembered what happened the last two Christmases!



** "[[Recap/DoctorWho2014CSLastChristmas Last Christmas]]", the Twelfth Doctor's first Christmas show, is the coda to the Series 8 story arc and originally was set to have companion Clara die at the end, returning to the dismal tradition of British Christmas specials; given the context of the threat in the episode, it would have been depressing. However, actress Jenna Coleman decided to stay on for another series, so Clara survives....with the story's guest supporting hero, ''Santa Claus'', helping to save the day.
** Clara '''is''' gone for good at the end of Series 9, via a heartbreakingly dramatic three-part finale that sees the Doctor temporarily become a WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds. So "[[Recap/DoctorWho2015CSTheHusbandsOfRiverSong The Husbands of River Song]]" is a BreatherEpisode for Twelve: a ''much'' LighterAndSofter comedy that shifts into tender romance with a denouement that brings [[BittersweetEnding bittersweet closure]] (more sweet than bitter at that) to the Doctor's relationship with River.

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** "[[Recap/DoctorWho2014CSLastChristmas Last Christmas]]", the Twelfth Doctor's first Christmas show, is the coda to the Series 8 story arc and originally was set to have companion Clara die at the end, returning to the dismal tradition of British Christmas specials; given the context of the threat in the episode, episode (a creature that lulls its victims into happy dream states so that it can eat their brains), it would have been depressing. However, actress Jenna Coleman decided to stay on for another series, so Clara survives....survives -- with the story's guest supporting hero, hero ''Santa Claus'', Claus'' (guest star Nick Frost) helping to save the day.
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** Clara '''is''' ''is'' gone for good at the end of Series 9, via a heartbreakingly dramatic heartbreaking three-part finale that sees the Doctor temporarily become a WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds. So "[[Recap/DoctorWho2015CSTheHusbandsOfRiverSong The Husbands of River Song]]" is another coda, but it's also a BreatherEpisode for Twelve: a ''much'' '''much''' LighterAndSofter comedy that shifts into tender romance with a denouement that brings [[BittersweetEnding bittersweet closure]] (more sweet than bitter at that) to and [[ThrowTheDogABone throws River and the Doctor's relationship with River.Doctor a bone]].
3rd Jun '16 11:56:13 PM Doug86
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* ''Series/SpaceAboveAndBeyond'' has the episode "The River of Stars", which was inspired by the real life Christmas Day truce in UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne.

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* ''Series/SpaceAboveAndBeyond'' has the episode "The River of Stars", which was inspired by the real life Christmas Day truce in UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne.UsefulNotes/WorldWarI.
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