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10th Sep '17 7:47:45 AM IAmNotAFunguy
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* The story "Christmas: Impossible" from ''Mickey Mouse's Twice Upon A Christmas'' takes the "More fun to give then to receive" message along with the "kindness and respect to others" message. Huey Dewey and Louie destroy Santa's shop after trying to write their own names on Santa's nice list, because Uncle Scrooge tells them they will wind up on the naughty list like him if they don't act carefully and they decide that they surely aren't on the nice last. After helping Santa's elves clean up the shop they find the list but decide to put Uncle Scrooge's name on it because he has been off the list for years. Santa winds up placing the boys on the nice list and giving them presents saying that "There's always room on the nice list for people that think of others first."
24th Aug '17 10:13:31 AM CosmicFerret
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* ''A {{Garfield}} ChristmasSpecial'' skirts the edge of the standard "better to give than recieve"--Garfield kicks off the show by dreaming of getting lots of rich presents and is a grouch about having to go to Jon's mother's for the holliday. He's warmed over by Grandma's reminiscing (the warm lap doesn't hurt either), finding old love letters from her departed husband to give her and Odie's surprise gift to him, summing it up with "Christmas: It's not the getting, it's not the giving, it's the loving. ''(bashfully)'' ...There, I said it, now get out of here."

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* ''A {{Garfield}} ComicStrip/{{Garfield}} ChristmasSpecial'' skirts the edge of the standard "better to give than recieve"--Garfield kicks off the show by dreaming of getting lots of rich presents and is a grouch about having to go to Jon's mother's for the holliday. He's warmed over by Grandma's reminiscing (the warm lap doesn't hurt either), finding old love letters from her departed husband to give her and Odie's surprise gift to him, summing it up with "Christmas: It's not the getting, it's not the giving, it's the loving. ''(bashfully)'' ...There, I said it, now get out of here."
25th Jul '17 10:55:21 AM Kissinger113
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* half of the songs in Will Vinton's ''Claymation Christmas'' celebration are distinctly religious, and two of them directly reference The Birth of Christ: "We Three Kings" has the kings singing with do-wop camels, ending with the StarOfBethlehem, "Joy To the World" starts and ends zooming in on a church's stained glass windows before going into african-american inspired artwork depeicting Christ's Birth, while "Angels We Have Heard on High" is only used as an instrumental backdrop for two skating walruses and penguins.
11th Jul '17 6:45:30 AM GojiBiscuits
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* The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bq5SGSCZe4E 2016 Sainsbury's Christmas advert]], "The Greatest Gift", is "being with your loved ones"; an annoyingly catchy song about a man who wants to find perfect presents for his family, but doesn't have time to spend with them, until he realises "the greatest gift that I can give is me".

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* British department store chain John Lewis typically releases their blockbuster Christmas adverts towards the end of the year, and their messages normally revolve around the importance of being with family and how much better it is to give ''and'' receive gifts.
* The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bq5SGSCZe4E 2016 Sainsbury's Christmas advert]], "The Greatest Gift", is "being with your loved ones"; an annoyingly catchy song sung by Creator/JamesCorden about a man who wants to find perfect presents for his family, but doesn't have time to spend with them, until he realises "the greatest gift that I can give is me".
3rd Apr '17 5:58:00 PM nombretomado
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* Subverted in WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic's parody of ''Film/ItsAWonderfulLife'' entitled ''You're a Dirty Rotten Bastard.'' With the help of his GuardianAngel, Critic learns that without him everyone he knows would lead a better life (except {{Phelous}}). He even discovers that his existence is forestalling world peace. In the end, he kills his GuardianAngel and declares that he makes one person's life better: [[ItsAllAboutMe his own.]]

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* Subverted in WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic's parody of ''Film/ItsAWonderfulLife'' entitled ''You're a Dirty Rotten Bastard.'' With the help of his GuardianAngel, Critic learns that without him everyone he knows would lead a better life (except {{Phelous}}).WebVideo/{{Phelous}}). He even discovers that his existence is forestalling world peace. In the end, he kills his GuardianAngel and declares that he makes one person's life better: [[ItsAllAboutMe his own.]]
5th Mar '17 7:18:13 PM nombretomado
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* Subverted in "Low Tidings", the Christmas special for ''TheMarvelousMisadventuresOfFlapjack''. K'Nuckles learns the "better to give than to receive" Aesop... but it's made moot when [[spoiler:Poseidon, God of the Sea (who also runs the holiday) states that everyone gets gifts now, no matter whether they've been good or bad. You know, just like in RealLife.]]

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* Subverted in "Low Tidings", the Christmas special for ''TheMarvelousMisadventuresOfFlapjack''.''WesternAnimation/TheMarvelousMisadventuresOfFlapjack''. K'Nuckles learns the "better to give than to receive" Aesop... but it's made moot when [[spoiler:Poseidon, God of the Sea (who also runs the holiday) states that everyone gets gifts now, no matter whether they've been good or bad. You know, just like in RealLife.]]
15th Jan '17 10:23:41 PM BlackPrince1330
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You may have also heard the True Meaning of Christmas is being with your loved ones, worshipping Jesus celebrating the memory of his birth, shopping, worshiping Odin, worshiping Mithras, having an orgy, praying for winter to end, or [[SoapboxSadie using holiday traditions (most of which you've appropriated from other religions) to lure people into converting to Christianity (starting with the people from whom you've appropriated those traditions so that they lose nothing by converting, and eventually moving on to kids of other religions whose childlike materialism makes them jealous because they don't get visited by your annual gift-giving mascot)]]. Sometimes it ends up being used as a synonym for world peace or ThePowerOfLove; it may not even be defined, but it has the same magical effect.

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You may have also heard the True Meaning of Christmas is being with your loved ones, worshipping Jesus celebrating the memory of his His birth, shopping, worshiping Odin, worshiping Mithras, having an orgy, praying for winter to end, or [[SoapboxSadie using holiday traditions (most of which you've appropriated from other religions) to lure people into converting to Christianity (starting with the people from whom you've appropriated those traditions so that they lose nothing by converting, and eventually moving on to kids of other religions whose childlike materialism makes them jealous because they don't get visited by your annual gift-giving mascot)]]. Sometimes it ends up being used as a synonym for world peace or ThePowerOfLove; it may not even be defined, but it has the same magical effect.
28th Dec '16 11:33:20 AM DaibhidC
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* In ''Series/TheFurchesterHotel: A Furchester Christmas'', Elmo and [[RequiredSpinOffCrossover Big Bird]] are worried that Santa doesn't know they're at the Furchester and not on Series/SesameStreet, until Mr Harvey Dull reminds them that Christmas isn't about presents but spending time with friends and family. (And then Santa knows where they are anyway, so [[BrokenAesop that's all right]].)
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27th Dec '16 11:41:42 PM JackG
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* ''Series/{{Blackadder}}'s Christmas Carol'' had fun with this. Ebenezer Blackadder, the only good and friendly member of the Blackadder bloodline (and also an ExtremeDoormat), sees that his descendant would rule all of the universe if he became a spiteful backstabbing miser like his ancestors (instead of being a slave to future Baldrick, which would happen if he were to remain kind and generous). However given that it's a Christmas episode there must be a FamilyFriendlyAesop, so this backfires when Ebenezer slams the door in the face of the Royal Family, unaware they've actually turned up to publicly reward him for his famous generosity.

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* ''Series/{{Blackadder}}'s Christmas Carol'' had fun with this. Ebenezer Blackadder, the only good and friendly member of the Blackadder bloodline (and also an ExtremeDoormat), sees that his descendant would rule all of the universe if he became a spiteful backstabbing miser like his ancestors (instead of being a slave to future Baldrick, which would happen if he were to remain kind and generous). He decides the true meaning of Christmas is that bad people have more fun. However given that it's a Christmas episode there must be a FamilyFriendlyAesop, so this backfires when Ebenezer slams the door in the face of his next visitors, unaware it's the Royal Family, unaware they've actually Family who have turned up to publicly reward him for his famous generosity.
27th Dec '16 11:40:03 PM JackG
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* After ''Series/DoctorWho'' had a series of Christmas Episodes, the SpoofAesop became that you have to get out of London as aliens always seem to invade on that day.
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