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27th Aug '16 6:39:50 PM AtticusOmundson
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** Played straight at the end of his review of ''The Christmas Tree''. He goes through his house having his staff, his family, and himself all explain that the ''real'' point of Christmas is to have a joyful time giving, spending time with the people you love, and just taking a step back to remember that you aren't the center of the universe all the time. Comically subverted in the end when his parents, who both gave their own heartfelt monoluges, question who the hell the Critic even was.

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** Played straight at the end of his [[https://youtu.be/8WXqtqNP9XE?t=1414 review of ''The Christmas Tree''. Tree''.]] He goes through his house having his staff, his family, and himself all explain that the ''real'' point of Christmas is to have a joyful time giving, spending time with the people you love, and just taking a step back to remember that you aren't the center of the universe all the time. Comically subverted in the end when his parents, who both gave their own heartfelt monoluges, question who the hell the Critic even was.
27th Aug '16 6:36:46 PM AtticusOmundson
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** Played straight at the end of his review of ''The Christmas Tree''. He goes through his house having his staff, his family, and himself all explain that the ''real'' point of Christmas is to have a joyful time giving, spending time with the people you love, and just taking a step back to remember that you aren't the center of the universe all the time. Comically subverted in the end when his parents, who both gave thier own heartfelt monoluges, question who the hell the Critic even was.

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** Played straight at the end of his review of ''The Christmas Tree''. He goes through his house having his staff, his family, and himself all explain that the ''real'' point of Christmas is to have a joyful time giving, spending time with the people you love, and just taking a step back to remember that you aren't the center of the universe all the time. Comically subverted in the end when his parents, who both gave thier their own heartfelt monoluges, question who the hell the Critic even was.
27th Aug '16 6:36:36 PM AtticusOmundson
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** Played straight at the end of his review of ''The Christmas Tree''. He goes through his house having his staff, his family, and himself all explain that the ''real'' point of Christmas is to have a joyful time giving, spending time with the people you love, and just taking a step back to remember that you aren't the center of the universe all the time. Comically subverted in the end when his parents, who both gave thier own heartfelt monoluges, question who the hell the Critic even was.
30th Jul '16 9:09:07 PM Montanto
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** In a later storyline he's told it's about [[http://rhapsodies.wpmorse.com/comic/season-of-giving/ hope in the darkness of winter.]]
7th Jul '16 10:03:32 AM gewunomox
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* A strange musical example happens in TheWho's ''{{Tommy}}'' in the play, album, and movie. In an opera that is otherwise not at all about Christmas, there is a single song titled, appropriately enough, "Christmas". The main character's parent(s) ponder if Tommy realizes that it's Christmas and if he experiences any of the joys of the holiday.

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* A strange musical example happens in TheWho's ''{{Tommy}}'' Music/TheWho's ''Music/{{Tommy}}'' in the play, album, and movie. In an opera that is otherwise not at all about Christmas, there is a single song titled, appropriately enough, "Christmas". The main character's parent(s) ponder if Tommy realizes that it's Christmas and if he experiences any of the joys of the holiday.
9th Jun '16 6:16:20 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* In ''WesternAnimation/PrepAndLanding'', Wayne always considered his Christmas duties (to prepare Santa's arrival in the houses) as a job and nothing more. And because of events in the movie, he's now in full "doesn't care" mode, until his attitude almost causes the abortion of a visit, and owes him to get called out by his younger partner Lanny, who gives the fifth staple (''AChristmasStory'') as the true meaning:

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* In ''WesternAnimation/PrepAndLanding'', Wayne always considered his Christmas duties (to prepare Santa's arrival in the houses) as a job and nothing more. And because of events in the movie, he's now in full "doesn't care" mode, until his attitude almost causes the abortion of a visit, and owes him to get called out by his younger partner Lanny, who gives the fifth staple (''AChristmasStory'') (''Film/AChristmasStory'') as the true meaning:
20th Apr '16 1:29:31 AM Morgenthaler
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* Doubly subverted in ''AChristmasStory''. [[spoiler:The family does end up eating at a Chinese restaurant on Christmas Day, ''and'' the kid nearly gets his eye put out by the BB gun he wanted...which sounds like an antithesis to the trope. But they learn the Christmas Aesop after all.]]
* Paroided in ''TheHebrewHammer'', where the heroes chuckle over the fact that Damien Claus failed to understand the ''true'' meaning of Channukah. Only for them to realize that none of them have any idea just what the point of the holiday is either.

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* Doubly subverted in ''AChristmasStory''.''Film/AChristmasStory''. [[spoiler:The family does end up eating at a Chinese restaurant on Christmas Day, ''and'' the kid nearly gets his eye put out by the BB gun he wanted...which sounds like an antithesis to the trope. But they learn the Christmas Aesop after all.]]
* Paroided in ''TheHebrewHammer'', ''Film/TheHebrewHammer'', where the heroes chuckle over the fact that Damien Claus failed to understand the ''true'' meaning of Channukah. Only for them to realize that none of them have any idea just what the point of the holiday is either.



* ''TheVicarOfDibley'' Christmas episode featured a scene in which Geraldine reminds the parish council about the true meaning of Christmas while they're rehearsing their nativity play (in response to Owen suggesting that it ''wasn't'' the Greatest Story Ever Told compared to, "The one where the couple had burglers break into their house and thought they didn't take anything, but a few months later had their pictures developed and got photographs of the burglers sticking their toothbrushes up their bottoms".)
* Played straight on ''PerfectStrangers''' first ChristmasEpisode:

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* ''TheVicarOfDibley'' ''Series/TheVicarOfDibley'' Christmas episode featured a scene in which Geraldine reminds the parish council about the true meaning of Christmas while they're rehearsing their nativity play (in response to Owen suggesting that it ''wasn't'' the Greatest Story Ever Told compared to, "The one where the couple had burglers break into their house and thought they didn't take anything, but a few months later had their pictures developed and got photographs of the burglers sticking their toothbrushes up their bottoms".)
* Played straight on ''PerfectStrangers''' ''Series/PerfectStrangers''' first ChristmasEpisode:



* MitchBenn has a song called "The True Meaning of Christmas".

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* MitchBenn Music/MitchBenn has a song called "The True Meaning of Christmas".



* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' parodied this in the episode where Apu and Manjula had octuplets. After the episode skips from Manjula finding that she's pregnant to when she's about to give birth, the Simpsons offhandedly list a few things they've done over the last nine months. Bart's stories include "I learnt the true meaning of Columbus Day" and "and then I learnt the true meaning of Winter".

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
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parodied this in the episode where Apu and Manjula had octuplets. After the episode skips from Manjula finding that she's pregnant to when she's about to give birth, the Simpsons offhandedly list a few things they've done over the last nine months. Bart's stories include "I learnt the true meaning of Columbus Day" and "and then I learnt the true meaning of Winter".



* ''TheFlintstones'' went with "It is better to give than to receive". Just to make it even more {{egregious}}, that episode had a picture dated "10 million BC". That's 10 million years [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin before Christ]], which makes [[AnachronismStew 10 million years before Christmas.]]

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* ''TheFlintstones'' ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'' went with "It is better to give than to receive". Just to make it even more {{egregious}}, that episode had a picture dated "10 million BC". That's 10 million years [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin before Christ]], which makes [[AnachronismStew 10 million years before Christmas.]]



* In ''PrepAndLanding'', Wayne always considered his Christmas duties (to prepare Santa's arrival in the houses) as a job and nothing more. And because of events in the movie, he's now in full "doesn't care" mode, until his attitude almost causes the abortion of a visit, and owes him to get called out by his younger partner Lanny, who gives the fifth staple (''AChristmasStory'') as the true meaning:

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* In ''PrepAndLanding'', ''WesternAnimation/PrepAndLanding'', Wayne always considered his Christmas duties (to prepare Santa's arrival in the houses) as a job and nothing more. And because of events in the movie, he's now in full "doesn't care" mode, until his attitude almost causes the abortion of a visit, and owes him to get called out by his younger partner Lanny, who gives the fifth staple (''AChristmasStory'') as the true meaning:
20th Apr '16 1:28:27 AM Morgenthaler
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* Doubly subverted in ''AChristmasStory''. [[spoiler:The family does end up eating at a Chinese restaurant on Christmas Day, ''and'' the kid nearly gets his eye put out by the BB gun he wanted...which sounds like an antithesis to the trope. But they learn the Christmas Aesop after all.]]

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* Doubly subverted in ''AChristmasStory''. [[spoiler:The family does end up eating at a Chinese restaurant on Christmas Day, ''and'' the kid nearly gets his eye put out by the BB gun he wanted...which sounds like an antithesis to the trope. But they learn the Christmas Aesop after all.]]
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* Paroided in ''TheHebrewHammer'', where the heroes chuckle over the fact that Damien Claus failed to understand the ''true'' meaning of Channukah. Only for them to realize that none of them have any idea just what the point of the holiday is either.


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* Doubly subverted in ''AChristmasStory''. [[spoiler:The family does end up eating at a Chinese restaurant on Christmas Day, ''and'' the kid nearly gets his eye put out by the BB gun he wanted...which sounds like an antithesis to the trope. But they learn the Christmas Aesop after all.]]
* Paroided in ''TheHebrewHammer'', where the heroes chuckle over the fact that Damien Claus failed to understand the ''true'' meaning of Channukah. Only for them to realize that none of them have any idea just what the point of the holiday is either.
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20th Apr '16 1:27:32 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas'' ends with Jack Skellington realizing the deeper meaning to Christmas than a different way to scare people - namely, [[ThePowerOfLove love.]]
** And in the beginning it's inverted--Jack does understand the meaning of the Christmas feeling and deeply wants it; he just doesn't understand exactly where it comes from. His attempts to make Christmas are what cause the titular nightmare.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas'' ends with Jack Skellington realizing the deeper meaning to Christmas than a different way to scare people - namely, [[ThePowerOfLove love.]]
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]] And in the beginning it's inverted--Jack does understand the meaning of the Christmas feeling and deeply wants it; he just doesn't understand exactly where it comes from. His attempts to make Christmas are what cause the titular nightmare.
17th Apr '16 5:25:18 AM Nippertipper
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You may have also heard the True Meaning of Christmas is being with your loved ones, worshiping Jesus, 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, worshiping Jesus, 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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