[[caption-width-right:349:[-This Christmas feels like the very first Christmas to me!-] ]]

->''"Ready for Christmas, kids?"''
->''"Aye aye, captain!"''

The first ChristmasSpecial from Creator/{{Nickelodeon}}'s ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants''.

When Spongebob is sneaking up on Sandy to try out his latest surprise karate technique, Sandy is taken aback- not by his stealth move, but in discovering that Spongebob doesn’t know what a Christmas tree is. In fact, Spongebob’s never heard of Christmas either. After catching up on what he’s missed, he realizes that Bikini Bottom has been missing out for years, and infects everyone in town with the Christmas spirit.

Everyone except Squidward that is, who doesn’t believe in Santa Claus, and refuses to take part in any of Spongebob’s Christmas shenanigans. Unfortunately, Santa’s a no show by morning in Bikini Bottom, and everybody blames Spongebob for wasting their time, and Squidward rubs it in Spongebob’s face, before receiving a special handmade gift that Spongebob had crafted for him, thinking that Squidward would feel left out when… [[BreakTheCutie Santa came]]. How’s Squidward gonna make up for that? [[spoiler: He does with him as Santa]].

Originally the only ''[=SpongeBob=]'' Christmas special, until a stop motion special was released in 2012 as a part of Season Eight entitled ''WesternAnimation/ItsASpongeBobChristmas''.
!!Tropes present:

* BalloonBelly: Potty after eating all the cookie dough. He even gets so fat the strings holding him up snap.
* BatmanGambit: One could argue that [[spoiler: Santa at the end planned the whole thing what with his note at the end, thanking Squidward for doing the Bikini Bottom run for him.]]
* BreakingTheFourthWall: Patchy The Pirate pulls on Potty The Parrot's strings so hard the puppeteer operating Polly falls down from above. This is a VisualGag that doubles as an AmusingInjury.
%%* ChristmasEpisode
* ChristmasSongs: Well there’s two, "Santa’s Coming Tonight" and "This Christmas Feels Like the Very First Christmas to Me".
* CrowdSong: “Santa’s coming tonight, tonight! Santa’s coming tonight!”
* DudeNotFunny: InUniverse example when Squidward laughed at Spongebob.
* EveryoneHatesFruitCakes: [=SpongeBob=] sings about everyone pretending to like fruit cake. Mr. Krabs is seen giving one to Plankton, who tosses it in a trashcan full of other fruit cakes.
* FramingDevice: Patchy the Pirate and Potty, in their first ever appearance, decorate their house for Christmas.
* TheGrinch: Squidward basically becomes the original, down from hating Christmas to saving it for the town.
* JerkassRealization: As a gag after Santa doesn't show up, Squidward's realization that he was being an asshole is followed by an overlayed picture of a live-action donkey, complete with braying.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Squidward’s heart of gold is at its worst at the beginning (until the fifth season), but at the second half, the heart of gold becomes very well known.
* KickTheDog: Squidward does this to [=SpongeBob=] when Santa is a no-show. He regrets doing so after Spongebob gives him a present, though.
* LaughingMad: PlayedForLaughs with [[spoiler:the REAL Santa Claus at the end]].
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: As said above, Potty's strings snap he eats a whole bunch of cookie dough.
* MediumBlending: Santa's appearance at the end, played by series writer Mike Bell.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Squidward feels really bad for mocking Spongebob about Santa not arriving. How he made it up to him afterward makes him feel better.
* SantaClaus: Subverted with Squidward. Santa was a no-show. [[spoiler: Or was he!?]]
* SavingChristmas: After Santa didn’t show up, Squidward took on the job himself, and the Christmas spirit once again returned to Bikini Bottom.
* ShamedByAMob: When Santa failed to arrive to Bikini Bottom, all of the fish glare at [=SpongeBob=], grumble at him for making them wait all night for nothing, and leave in disappointment.
* SnowySleighBells: The opening uses a carol version of the regular Spongebob song and features prominent sleigh bells.
* SpecialEditionTitle: The beginning credits are decorated for the holidays, and at the end, instead of Spongebob’s nose flute, a choir of Christmas Carolers that have been singing the entire theme song like a carol sing "Fala la la la la la la la la la la!"
* SpiritualSuccessor: ''WesternAnimation/ItsASpongeBobChristmas'', released ''12'' years later.
* SubbingForSanta: Squidward did it to cheer Spongebob up. At first of course, but the secret didn’t stay down for very long.
* ThrowTheDogABone: Squidward does a good deed but it really cost him most of his possessions. Though he ends up getting a present in the end as well.
* TitleDrop:
-->'''Sandy:''' Ain't you never seen a Christmas tree before?
-->'''[=SpongeBob=]:''' Christmas who?
* WhamLine: "I still want you to have this" is definitely one to Squidward, as his demeanor instantly changes from assholishly gleeful to uncomfortably guilty in the blink of an eye the moment he hears it.
* [[WhatTheHellHero What The Hell, Squidward?]]: Merry Christmas, Jerk!
* YesVirginia: [[spoiler: Santa does eventually show up, but not before Squidward's taken on the role himself and given away everything he owns as "presents".]]