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[[caption-width-right:273:[-It's the most action-packed time of the year.-] ]]

->''"Because this is what you think of when you think of Christmas, right? People beating the shit out of each other."''
-->-- '''WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic''''s [[http://thatguywiththeglasses.com/videolinks/thatguywiththeglasses/nostalgia-critic/14482-hmsrch review]] of ''The [[WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983 He-Man]] and [[WesternAnimation/SheRaPrincessOfPower She-Ra]] [[ChristmasEpisode Christmas Special]]''

A work/episode/story takes place [[ChristmasEpisode during Christmas-time]], and it's action-packed. "Peace on Earth, Goodwill towards man" kind of gets left by the wayside when some people just want some good, old fashioned {{fight|Scene}}s and [[StuffBlowingUp explosions]]. [[WildMassGuessing Maybe they're finding a way to channel their aggression from shopping?]]

'''This is only about action works. The way to know is if you take the Christmas elements out, it would be straight up action.'''

And even if a work isn't directly about Christmas, a lot of action works get some of their best business around this time.

Can overlap with BadassSanta (would be a a SubTrope, but sometimes a work with that trope takes place at other times of the year), DidIMentionItsChristmas (if the Christmas elements aren't remotely integral to the story, just mentioned occasionally).

Compare SavingChristmas, SoaplandChristmas (especially if it has a DownerEnding).
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!!Examples:

[[AC:{{Anime}} and {{Manga}}]]
* ''Anime/BloodPlus'': A tragic example; Saya's VietnamWar [[UnstoppableRage massacre]] occurred on Christmas Day.
* ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic'', the fifth book is [[DieHardOnAnX Die Hard on a boat]] on Christmas like the movie. This is actually a double ass-kicking holiday, as this is the novel that reveals that all Whispereds, including Tessa and Kaname, were born within three minutes of each other on Christmas Eve. Sousuke actually makes a point of getting Kaname a Christmas present ''and'' a birthday present.
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'''s final StoryArc took place in December, with the final battle coming on Christmas Eve; the OAV (and TheMovie) ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWingEndlessWaltz'', which takes place a year later, labels the events of the series "the Eve Wars".
* In ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'', the Battle for Solomon takes place on December 24th, with the Battle of A Bao A Qu taking place on December 31st; as the war comes to an end, it's officially January 1st, 0080.
** The final battle of ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundam0080WarInThePocket Gundam 0080]]'' takes place on December 25th. What a crummy Christmas present for Al.
* The final battle of ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs'', which begins on the episode "{{Christmas E|pisode}}ve" and lasts throughout the night.
* In ''Anime/SkyGirls'', the crew of the [[CoolShip Koryu]] has to scramble the [[MiniMecha Sonic Diver]] team when a target approaches on Christmas Eve.
* ''Anime/SamuraiPizzaCats'' episode "The Cheese Who Stole Christmas".
* In ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', the battle against Freeza occurred on Christmas. Unlike other examples, this one is likely a mere coincidence, as this isn't pointed out in-series, but it's AllThereInTheManual.
** In ''GT'', the final battle against Baby is on the day before Christmas too.
* The ''Anime/{{Karas}}'' [=OVA=] take place entirely around Christmas-time, [[spoiler: when much of the city's population gets eaten/drained of all their blood by evil robotic demons, which also destroy most of the city.]]
* ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'' had Giant Alien Terrorist Santa activating bombs after a raid on Christmas Eve. Followed by the survivors singing Silent Night.
* Although it's not heavily focused on, the climatic final battle in the manga version ''Manga/ChronoCrusade'' takes place from Christmas Eve to the dawn of Christmas. At one point, Chrono mentions to Rosette that it means they'll have something new to celebrate every year if they're victorious.
* In ''Anime/HeartcatchPrecure'' episode 44 has the cures battling a giant snowman MonsterOfTheWeek on Christmas Eve, [[spoiler:which would have defeated them if not for the return of [[RetiredBadass Cure Flower]]]]. Even more? [[spoiler:BigBad Dune returns and promptly puts the Cures in a CurbStompBattle]].
** ''Anime/SuitePrettyCure'' gives us another ass-kicking Christmas Episode.
* The anime of ''LightNovel/AsobiNiIkuYo'' has the last three episodes take place at Christmas. The Catian mothership is attacked and taken over by Dogisian forces, and its orbit is set to decay and crash into Earth, forcing the humans to blow the ship up if the main characters can't stop it in time. [[spoiler: They do, and the Catians give humanity a 'Christmas gift' in the form of a space elevator that looks like a giant Christmas tree.]]
* The ''Anime/SailorMoon S'' movie takes place around Christmas, though not explicitly on the day. Bonus points for Tuxedo Kamen dressing up as Santa Claus.
* ''LightNovel/ShakuganNoShana'''s second season finale takes place during Christmas Eve.

[[AC:ComicBooks]]
* Franchise/{{Batman}} goes through this [[PunctuatedForEmphasis all. the. friggin'. time.]] If there's one hero that never takes the day off during the holidays, it's Batman. His enemies LOVE to stir up crap during Christmas, especially guys like SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker, Mister Freeze and The Calendar Man.
* In the ''Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica'' comic book series there was a story in the 70s called "2000 Light Years to Christmas!" In it, the League must recover three powerful objects that some aliens have lost on Earth; one of them falls in the hands of a little girl who lost her family in a Middle Eastern war, and uses it for revenge against the invaders. While there is plenty of action, in the end the girl is convinced to surrender the object peacefully by ComicBook/RedTornado. It is later revealed that the objects were actually intended as gifts... for a messiah being born in another world! Oh, and Tornado, who is an android, adopts the little girl as his daughter.
* Creator/MarvelComics occasionally publishes {{Christmas Special}}s focused on ''ComicBook/ThePunisher'', which usually feature two things; Frank dressing up as Santa, and Frank killing a lot of bad guys. Oftentimes, he does both simultaneously.
* The Silent Night chapter of ''ComicBook/SinCity''
* ''SelfDemonstrating/{{Lobo}}'s Paramilitary Christmas Special''
* The original ''[[ComicBook/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesMirage Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles]]'' comic had, early in its run, four one-shot "micro-series" that focused on each individual Turtle. Both the ''Michaelangelo'' and ''Leonardo'' one-shots took place at Christmas, and featured lots of action scenes:
** In the ''[[SpellMyNameWithAnS Michaelangelo]]'' one-shot, Mike went out on Christmas Eve to enjoy the Christmas sights, play in the snow, shop for Christmas presents, adopt a homeless cat... and get involved in a high-speed car chase with gun-packing robbers who had run off with a truckload of toys that were being donated to an orphanage. The comic was eventually adapted into the episode ''The Christmas Aliens'' in the third season of the [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003 second animated series.]]
** The ''Leonardo'' one-shot is pretty much one long action scene, featuring Leonardo fighting an impossible number of Foot ninjas -- interspersed with small snippets of the three other Turtles, together with April and Splinter (and Klunk the cat) making Christmas preparations. Like the ''Michaelangelo'' special, it was adapted into an episode of the second animated series, but without the Christmas elements.
* In issue #13 of ComicBook/PaperinikNewAdventures "The Darkest Night", Paperinik had to fight the Evronians on Christmas's Eve to rescue the people of a small village near Duckburg.

[[AC:{{FanFiction}}]]
* In one side story of the ''Fanfic/AlternianNationSeries'', Karkat and Gamzee's first experience with Christmas involved hiding inside a mall during a storm, being discovered and fed by a security guard, and having to later drive off some thugs who had broken in and were attacking him.
* ''FanFic/AGrowingAffection'': Naruto and Hinata's first Yuletide together involves saving Santa from ninja puppeteers who want him to repair and upgrade their puppets.
* ''Fanfic/ACertainCrazyChristmasSpecial'': Touma must save the day when BadSanta starts wrecking the town and kidnapping girls.
* The climax of the first part of ''FanFic/PowerRangersGPX'' ''Supercharged'' takes place on the morning of Christmas Eve at the State Capitol of Wisconsin. It involves as BigBadassBattleSequence, a bomb, hostages and a ''Film/HomeAlone'' reference.
* In FanFic/WorldwarWarOfEquals, a joint American/Canadian operation appropriately nicknamed "Operation Eve'' strikes at vulnerable occupied positions between St. Louis and Jefferson City. Ground forces are inserted into key areas and destroy Race anti-armor and air emplacement. By the time kids were waking up for gifts from old St. Nick, we gave Race forces a gift by reliving them of their territory and leave the lizards on the run.

[[AC:{{Film}}]]
* The first two ''Film/DieHard'' movies. WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic actually named the first film the greatest Christmas movie ever (the second time he made such a list). Website/{{Cracked}} had the same opinion.
--> ''"Now I have a machine gun. Ho ho ho."''
* Creator/ShaneBlack ''loves'' this trope. Five films (and one unproduced script) he's written are set at Christmas.
** The first ''Film/LethalWeapon''
** ''Film/TheLongKissGoodnight''
** ''Film/IronMan3'' takes place in the lead-up to Christmas.
** ''Film/KissKissBangBang''
** ''Film/LastActionHero''
* ''Film/BatmanReturns''. The main story begins with the [[GangOfHats Red Triangle Circus]] crashing Gotham's tree-lighting ceremony, complete with clowns with Uzis, a Gatling gun mounted on a barrel organ, a fire breather setting a toy store ablaze, and the strongman beating down a Salvation Army Santa with his own sled.
* Spoofed at the beginning of ''Film/{{Scrooged}}'', with a fake trailer for ''The Night The Reindeer Died''.
* ''Film/EnemyOfTheState''
* ''Film/FirstBlood'' is set during Christmastime, probably to demonstrate that Rambo is also braving the bitter cold during his ordeal.
* The eponymous creatures in the first ''Film/{{Gremlins}}'' wreak havoc at Christmastime, and the heroes have to fight them off.
* Creator/ChuckNorris' classic ''Film/InvasionUSA1985'' takes place at Christmastime. There's a shootout/truck chase inside a mall full of holiday shoppers.
* Events in ''Film/ManiacCop 2'' take place during Christmas.
* In ''Film/ErnestSavesChristmas'', the guy who's slated to replace Santa Claus has an acting gig for a ShowWithinAShow movie called ''Christmas Slay'', which appears to be this kind of movie--and a SlasherMovie to boot. Obviously intended as satire.
* ''Film/SantaWithMuscles'': Wrestling/HulkHogan saves an orphanage from {{Mad Scientist}}s... while having EasyAmnesia and believing he's Santa Claus.
* The Stallone movie ''Film/{{Cobra}}'' takes place during the Christmas season, although it's not hugely emphasized.
* ''Film/BehindEnemyLines'': Burnett's troubles begin when Admiral Reigart puts him on a reconnaissance mission, forcing him to miss the Christmas celebration on the ship.
* The first three ''Film/HomeAlone'' movies. Kid defeats gang of thieves by turning his house into a DeathCourse. In the first two movies, it helped set the scene for the conflict between Kevin and his family. In the third... it was just because.
** It did provide a convenient plot device to get the McGuffin into the kid's hands in the third movie.
* ''Film/{{Prometheus}}'' takes place in late December, around Christmas time. The ships captain Janek sets up a tabletop Christmas tree to give a sense of time and remind himself of the season.
* One scene in ''Film/HighlanderEndgame'' shows that the events of the film take place around Christmastime.
%%* ''Film/OnHerMajestysSecretService''
* The ''Film/DeathRace'' remake took place during Christmas. [[KillItWithFire "Merry Christmas, asshole!"]]
* ''Film/RareExportsAChristmasTale'' and the short films that preceded it.
* The climactic bout between Rocky Balboa and Ivan Drago in ''RockyIV'' takes place on Christmas Day.
* ''Film/DeathWish V The Face Of Death'' also takes place in Christmas.
* The climax of ''Film/GangsterSquad'' takes place during Christmas time.
* ''Film/TheFrenchConnection'' doesn't make a big deal out of it, but little holiday elements like Popeye undercover dressed as Santa Claus, different store windows loaded with Christmas decorations and the bitter winter cold continually pop up.
* In ''Film/{{Getaway}}'', Brent and his wife Leanne went to her hometown of Sofia, Bulgaria for a Christmas vacation, only for her to be kidnapped and him forced to drive around performing the kidnapper's orders to get her back.
* ''Film/TheLegendOfFrenchieKing'', which culminates in a CatFight between the two leads, takes place in Christmas-time, although it's painfully obvious that it was shot in Summer-time.

[[AC:{{Literature}}]]
* In Creator/LFrankBaum's ''TheLifeAndAdventuresOfSantaClaus'', Santa's toys are stolen by creatures who want kids to receive them through evil deeds rather than good. This pisses off the Great Ak and the forest immortals, Santa's chief supporters, and a war between mythical races ensues.
* "Santa Claus vs. S.P.I.D.E.R." by Creator/HarlanEllison. When he's not wearing the red suit, Kris looks and acts something like James Bond. And the red suit's got body armor, rockets in the boots to jump long distances, machine guns and high-pressure flamethrowers up the sleeves.... "Ho ho ho."
* Zigzagged in ''Discworld/{{Hogfather}}''. The driving plotline involves TheGrimReaper and his {{Badass}} granddaughter SavingChristmas - and apparently [[TheStarsAreGoingOut ensuring the Sun will continue to rise]] - after a PsychopathicManchild assassinates the Disc equivalent of Santa on the orders of an [[AlwaysChaoticEvil Always Frighteningly Lawful Neutral]] CelestialBureaucracy. It does, however, contain something of a TrueMeaningOfChristmas message with the revelation of what would have happened ''instead'' of the Sun rising: [[spoiler: "A mere ball of flaming gas would have illuminated the world." They haven't been saving the world, they've been saving people's ability to make heartwarming poetry out of an uncaring universe. You have to believe in the little lies - like the Hogfather - to make the big ones -- like truth, justice and mercy -- a reality.]]
* ''Legacies'' is a RepairmanJack novel set shortly before Christmas; one early incident features Jack dressing up as Santa to beat the living crap out of a scumbag who stole toys from a children's [=AIDS=] clinic.
* The second act of [[{{Sharpe}} Sharpe's Enemy]] takes place on Christmas Eve, as Sharpe and the Rifles take advantage of the deserter army's drunken state to launch their RoaringRampageOfRescue.
-->The line of the Christmas hymn kept going through his head, another unwelcome visitor to his thoughts. "Goodwill to sinful men in shewn." Not tonight.

[[AC:LiveActionTV]]
* ''UltramanMax'' has an episode entitled "Elly at Christmas," about a mysterious kaiju and the man who is trying to find him. However, [[spoiler:anywhere this kaiju is present will begin to warp out of space-time.]]
* ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' plays with this quite often - ''Franchise/PowerRangers'', not so much.
** ''Series/EngineSentaiGoOnger'' sees the heroes team up with Santa using his magic sack to fight one of the main generals of the Gaiark. In ''Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger'', Gai goes the extra mile and merges the Red and Green Ranger Keys so he can become "Gokai Christmas".
** ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' did have the season 3 episode "I'm Dreaming of a White Ranger". However, we didn't see a ChristmasEpisode for a ''long'' time because the seasons begin in February and end in November. ''Series/PowerRangersSamurai'' had the first ones in a long time, one each for both years it ran, but the first was a ClipShow.
* Every time ''Series/DoctorWho'' has a Christmas Episode, something disastrous happens. Aliens invade (the Sycorax), giant spaceships threaten to crash and destroy the Earth, weird robot Santas go around murdering people, and more alien invasions in the form of the Racnoss and her children. In fact, Christmas episodes are ''extra-long'' and twice as epic as normal episodes, second only to season finales in terms of how they'll go all-out.
** Lampshaded in Voyage of the Damned - The Doctor and Astrid land on Earth at Christmas time and find the city deserted. Just when you think ''that's'' the mystery of the episode, Wilf tells him the reason that the city is empty is that everyone has evacuated the city thinking that something awful is going to happen. (They're right.)
*** But, just to show you that the universe punishes people for being too GenreSavvy, evacuating London won't actually help in any way at all this time if the Doctor can't fix it.
*** Lampshaded again later on in the same episode:
---->'''The Doctor''': Actually, that's not true. Christmas is a time of peace and thanksgiving and... What am I on about? All my Christmases are like this.
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoTVMTheTVMovie the McGann movie]], near the end, the Doctor warns [[spoiler: Chang Lee]], "Next Christmas, take a vacation. Don't be here." However, here the Doctor is referring to San Francisco, not London.
** The 2013 Special had it UpToEleven [[spoiler: Christmas was the name of the ''town'', it was under constant siege by the Doctor's enemies. He teamed up with the bloody ''Silence'' to fend off the horde, it was so bad. Narration indicates the siege of Christmas went on for over ''nine hundred years'' before the aged, dying Doctor decided to take them all out with TheLastDance...before, of course, getting a loophole in the laws of regeneration (much to his surprise)]].
* A Very ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' Christmas.
* Both ''Series/{{Community}}'' holiday episodes have a scene of this.
* The ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' episode featuring ''Film/SantaClausConquersTheMartians'' features a host skit in which Crow presents his very own Christmas song: "Let's Have a Creator/PatrickSwayze Christmas", which combines holiday sentiment with allusions to Swayze's role in ''Film/RoadHouse''.
-->It's my way or the highway, this Christmas at my bar.
-->I'll have to smash your kneecaps if you bastards touch my car!
-->I got the word that Santa has been stealing from the till.
-->I think that that right jolly old elf had better make out his will!
** Riff by Tom Servo: "Big John Call ''IS'' Santa Claus in "O Little Town of ''DEATH''lehem!"
** Meanwhile, in other ChristmasEpisode, ''Film/SantaClaus1959'', the last host segment has Santa Claus and the devil duking it out in a wrestling match right in the middle of Deep 13. Dr. F and TV's Frank are pleased.
--->'''Santa Claus:''' [[ChewBubblegum I'm here to kick ass and eat candy canes, and I'm all out of candy canes!]]
* ''Series/{{Chuck}} versus Santa Claus''.
** Also, ''Chuck versus The Santa Suit'' from Season 5.
* The ''Series/{{Monk}}'' Christmas episode ''Mr. Monk and the Man Who Shot Santa'', the end of which features Monk pursuing a jewel thief and beating him with a giant candy cane yard decoration.
* A ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' sketch from the [[SeasonalRot 1980-1981 season]] had a fake trailer for a movie called "Kung Fu Christmas," starring Caine (David Carradine's character from the show "Kung Fu," played by Carradine himself) and Bruce Lee (played by Eddie Murphy).
* An episode of ''{{Xena}}'' that takes place around Winter Solstice, with her and Gabrielle acting out Scrooge's Christmas story.
* The made-for-TV movie ''Film/TheCrossing'' depicts the below-mentioned crossing of the Delaware and Battle of Trenton, including the [[HollywoodHistory popular but untrue]] notion that the efficacy of the ambush was due to the Hessians being fantastically hungover after a German Christmas.
* Series 2 of ''Series/{{Danger 5}}'' features the eponymous team fighting Hitler at Christmas. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UVBPGN3g14c A man in a Santa-suit is pivotal to the action.]] [[spoiler:Because he's Hitler.]]
* Christmas happens during the ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' episode "Terra Firma." Since it's ''Farscape'', a murderous creature kills two people and literally crashes Christmas dinner at John's dad's house.
* ''Series/{{Eureka}}'' became fond of doing Christmas Episodes about halfway through its run. While minor examples compared to most they could still qualify. The first had the town preparing for an air-raid when an unidentified boggy breached its airspace, queue santa flying through town crashing into several buildings [[spoiler: it was Taggert pioneering the scientific field of Santology]]. The second featured an antagonist sninja, snowman-ninja, complete with anime style asskicking climax.

[[AC:{{Music}}]]
* "[[Music/WeirdAlYankovic The Night Santa Went Crazy]]"
** Alternatively, "Christmas At Ground Zero".
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yogi_Yorgesson Yogi Yorgesson]] "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S4uW2PT-190 I Yust Go Nuts At Christmas]]":
-->Back in the corner the radio is playing
-->And over the racket Gabriel Heater is saying
-->"Peace on earth everybody and good will toward men"
-->And yust at that moment someone slugs Uncle Ben.
* "Santa's Gonna Kick Your Ass" by The Arrogant Worms
* On Mp3.com, a comedy team called ''Prime Example'' did a spoof advertisement for the ultimate Christmas TV special "Violent Night" in which Santa Claus, Rudolph, Frosty, Charlie Brown, and the Little Drummer Boy team up to save Christmas from a war on Christmas by the Grinch, Ebeneezer Scrooge, the Abominable Snowman, and Satan. Arnold Schwarzenegger plays a Terminator-esque Santa Claus with an assault rifle, and Clint Eastwood plays a Dirty Harry-esque Ebeneezer Scrooge with a shotgun... coming up next on Fox!
* "Uncle Bernie's Farm" by [[FrankZappa The Mothers of Invention]] on their Music/AbsolutelyFree album largely consists of an inventory of dangerous, violent toys.

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* A time honored tradition in professional wrestling is putting on a show in front of soldiers for Christmas. The most famous of these was WWE Smackdown's ''Christmas in Iraq'', which got its own television special, where the requested present of several troops was "Choke slam me Wrestling/BigShow''.
* Wrestling/{{TNA}} has its ''Silent Night, Bloody Night''. [[GimmickMatches Christmas chaos in a cage, Double north pole match, Santa's workshop knockout street fight, Grab the reindeer, a tree made of barbed wire in the titular silent night bloody night match]].
* V.I.P. Wrestling's ''Jingle Brawl''.
* UCW Zero's ''Seasons Beatings''
* While not on Christmas specifically, ''Ring Warriors Bombshells and Jingle Bells'' December 15th 2012 show was Christmas themed, and it was also the show where Chief Operating Officer Howard Brody cut ties with the Wrestling/NationalWrestlingAlliance, including the wrestlers they kept beating the NWA's.
* Vendetta Pro Wrestling's ''Winter Wonder Slam'' had/has a Christmas theme with the {{tagline}} "It will be anything but a silent night.'' Vintage Dragon also came up with his own {{gimmick match|es}}, the Holiday Havoc match.[[/folder]]

[[AC:Religion and Religious Literature]]
* OlderThanFeudalism, in ''Literature/TheBible'', no less. [[http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+12&version=NIV Chapter 12 of the book of Revelation]] is hardly serene.
** And Tsion Ben-Judah gets to witness it in the Literature/LeftBehind book ''The Indwelling''.
** Even older than that, although not by much: the original birth of Christ in the Gospels took place against a backdrop of Roman occupation, mass infanticide, parents fleeing the country to save their baby...

[[AC:RolePlayingGames]]
* The FinalBattle of ''Roleplay/DinoAttackRPG'' took place only a few days before Christmas. This was acknowledge by several Dino Attack agents who, fearing they might not survive the battle, decided to celebrate Christmas during the battle.
* In ''Roleplay/WeAreAllPokemonTrainers'', the fight against Nihilist Soul and Noir (evil aspects of Tagg and Fool) [[BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind inside Tagg's mindscape]] takes place on Christmas Eve.
* ''Santa's Soldiers'' from Deep 7 Games is a parody of the Rankin-Bass christmas specials where the player characters are paramilitary commandos...that happen to be cute little Christmas Elves. The whole idea is sthat Santa is a seemingly naive fellow oblivious to the many threats on his head. ''[[NeverMessWithGranny Missus Claus]]'', however, is a terrifying spymaster and combatant who wants to make sure her husband is well-protected, but remains sweet and innocent.

[[AC:Tabletop Gaming]]
* The infamous ''{{Risus}}'' adventure "Kringle All the Way," which starts with versions of Santa representing the Seven Deadly Sins setting out to assassinate Ebenezer Scrooge, Jesus, and ''Christmas shopping'' so he'll have the holiday to himself.
* The ''SpiritOfTheCentury'' supplement ''Spirit of the Season'' allows you to apply a Christmas (and/or Hanukkah) theme to all the [[TwoFistedTales two-fisted action]] of the original.

[[AC:VideoGames]]
* ''MerryGearSolid'' is the result of giving a Christmas theme to the twisted world of Franchise/MetalGear.
* ''VideoGame/MetalGear2SolidSnake'' takes place on Christmas.
* ''VideoGame/ParasiteEve'' begins on Christmas Eve, though the game itself takes place over the course of five days.
* ''{{Deathsmiles}} II'' and its console version ''IIX'' are {{Danmaku}} shooters themed around and set during Christmas. If they don't count, nothing does.
* The first ''[[RyuGaGotoku Yakuza]]'' game takes place around Christmas. This results in just the occasional SexySantaDress around the red light district.
* The bombing of Valais Airbase and the subsequent Operation Valkyrie in ''AceCombatZero'' take place on December 25, 1995.
* ''VideoGame/GardenGnomeCarnage'', it's all about beating down Christmas elves who are trying to scale your building and deliver Christmas presents. And it's sequel ''VideoGame/HyperPrincessPitch'' where you invade mecha-Santa's toy factory and [[StuffBlowingUp kill/destroy everything you see.]]
* ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsW'' loves this one, as they have the ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWingEndlessWaltz'' finale set on a year's Christmas day, and the ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic The Second Raid'' finale on the next year's Christmas Eve. They also have levels set on both New Year's Eves, too. And one in St. Valentine.
* In ''TwistedMetal'', the titular VehicularCombat BloodSport is held annually on Christmas day by [[BigBad Caly]][[AGodIAm pso]]. Naturally, this results in a lot of vehicular death and destruction.
* ''VisualNovel/{{Snatcher}}'' takes place in the last week of December, Jingle Bells plays in the Alton Plaza area and your contact, Napoleon, appears before you dressed in a Santa outfit at one point.
* ''MuvLuvAlternative'': When's the best time "A single child could give hope to humanity"... by deploying a massive army of mecha onto a BETA controlled island in Japan '''and''' using a giant floating weapon armed with a [[WaveMotionGun Charged Particle Cannon]] to kill thousands upon thousands of said BETA? Why that'd be Christmas Day, 2001. Of course, [[FinaglesLaw nothing going right ever]].
* Surprisingly averted in ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' proper; despite four straight years of Halloween maps and three annual [[YouMeanXmas "Australian Christmas"/"Smissmas"]] events that add "festive" items to the game, no official map has ever been released that takes place at Christmas. The supplementary comic [[http://www.teamfortress.com/asmissmasstory/ "A Smissmas Story"]], however, fits the bill pretty well.
* In ''VideoGame/TheFiremen'' The D-sector fire brigade spend their marry Christmas time avoiding and extinguishing all manner of fire and explosions, as well as busting up rampaging security robots.
* ''VideoGame/CrisisBeat'' takes place on Christmas Eve.
* ''VideoGame/{{Infected}}'' starts with zombies crashing the Tree Lighting Ceremony in New York City and keeps going from there.
* ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamOrigins'' takes place on Christmas Eve, with the clock hitting midnight and thus making it actual Christmas Day.
* ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil6'': The Edonia chapters of Chris and Jake's respective campaigns all take place on Christmas Eve and end on Christmas Day. It's not given much attention, since they're on the other side of the world and in a war zone.
* ''VideoGames/SaintsRowIV'' has the DLC missions "How the Saints Saved Christmas", which applies the series's UpToEleven action insanity to this trope, from a BadSanta to Boss turning from TheGrinch to SavingChristmas for a story of, well... Christmas has everything you could possibly want.
* ''VideoGame/ResonanceOfFate'': Chapter 13 has a Christmas-themed mission in which TheTrio gives presents to orphans in the square, in their asskicking GunFu flair.
* Every December is Crimbo in ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'' (even though the in-game calendar can march on for 2-3 months during it.) Every year Uncle Crimbo screws someone over for his own convenience in delivering the holiday, and every year he calls on adventurers to beat stuff up so he can wriggle out of his comeuppance. Stocking stuffers are usually buffing items and a couple collectibles, Uncle Crimbo's gifts are usually useless novelty items, but nicer rewards come directly from doing what adventurers do -- beating things up and taking their stuff.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Bayonetta 2}}'', the game opens with Bayonetta doing Christmas shopping. And then the fun begins.
* The third headhunter DLC from ''{{VideoGame/Borderlands 2}}'', "How Marcus Saved [[YouMeanXmas Mercenary Day]]." What else would you expect from Christmas on [[DeathWorld Pandora]]?

[[AC:WebComics]]
* ''Webcomic/SaturdayMorningBreakfastCereal'': [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2098#comic Captain Chanukah vs. Santa Claus]].
* ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' had some epic confrontations between Santa Clause and Bun-Bun, culminating in the Holiday Wars where Bun-Bun attempted to take over all of the holidays. This annual event has been quiet for several years now; [[ItsQuietTooQuiet too quiet]]...
** Bun-Bun is a bit...preoccupied with other things these days.
---> '''Bun-Bun:''' You guys run around like special-needs-kids until one of you causes Oasis to rear her pretty head. And then I pay her back '''so hard''' she'll stay dead out of sheer terror of '''me'''.
* ''Webcomic/FarOutThere'' has [[http://faroutthere.smackjeeves.com/comics/1090288/bridget-and-alphonses-horrifying-christmas-page-1/ "Bridget and Alphonse's Horrifying Christmas"]].
* The current page image [[http://ffn.nodwick.com/?p=308 comes from]] ''Webcomic/FullFrontalNerdity''.
** They later played [[http://ffn.nodwick.com/?p=1134 as competing Santas]] vying for dominance as "Krampitallica", "Santa Copypaste", and "[[CorruptCorporateExecutive Claus Capital LLC]]".

[[AC:WebOriginal]]
* ''[[http://www.i-mockery.com/minimocks/santa-fu/ Santa-Fu]]''
* ''[[http://www.vendettachristmas.com/videos.html Vendetta: A Christmas Story]]''
* The Literature/WhateleyUniverse authors really like this trope. "Christmas Elves" has Fey and Generator in a fight to the death inside a Syndicate hardsite. "Ayla and the Grinch" has Phase against a serial killer. "There's an Angel in Father John's Basement" has Seraphim, "Christmas Crisis" has Tennyo, "Have Yourself an Evil Little Christmas" has the Bad Seeds, "Summoning Sweeties" has Gateway and Bladedancer, "The Case of the Poisonous Patent" has Loophole and her friends, "Have Yourself a Monkey Little Christmas" has Chaka and Bladedancer, ... And all of these take place during the ''same'' Christmas break!
* In the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', the Denver Defenders once defended the AnthropomorphicPersonification of Christmas, in the form of Santa Claus, from a group of rampaging nihilistic teenaged supervillains known as the Young Gods.
* ''The Christmas Tree Of Might'', the 2010 Christmas special for ''WebVideo/DragonBallAbridged''.
** Played with in ''Lord Slug Abridged''. It's not Christmas, but Goku thinks it is because of all the snow.
* ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BnBhHywwQ24 Santaman: The Patron Saint of Justice]]''.

[[AC:WesternAnimation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' parodied this with "Red Sleigh Down".
** Not to mention Woodland Critter Christmas, where [[spoiler: not only does Stan battle a mountain lion, but a bunch of animals give birth to the Antichrist, forcing Santa to gun them all down with a shotgun. Subverted, though, as it's all a story Cartman is telling in class.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButthead'' spoofed this with them flipping through channels, including a show where Franchise/{{Robocop}} saves Christmas.
* WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom did a lot of fighting on Christmas... Although it ''was'' all in rhyme.
* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad''
** The show typically has a rather surreal ChristmasEpisode, but Season 5's "Rapture's Delight" takes the cake, with a bizarre crossover parody of ''Literature/LeftBehind'' and homage to ''Film/MadMax'' and ''Film/EscapeFromNewYork''. After the Rapture, BadAss Jesus recruits a grizzled, bitter, hook-handed Stan on one last mission to raid the Antichrist's lair and rescue Francine using lots of guns and explosives. It must be seen to be believed.
** In season 6, Steve accidentally killed Santa, so the family buried his body in the woods. Only, Santa [[NotQuiteDead wasn't quite dead]], and using the [[WeCanRebuildHim powers of science]] Santa was healed, only to swear revenge on the Smiths. This eventually lead to a bloody battle between the family and Santa and his army of elves. Although the battle was cut short because he had to leave at daybreak, he promised to return to kill them next year.
* Parodied on ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' with Kiss Save Santa, because everyone knows "Pterodactyls hate nothing more than the screech on an electric guitar."
* The ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'' ChristmasEpisode, "It's a Wonderful Leaf". Sure enough, it ''is'' aggression from Christmas shopping that drives Bushroot to be TheGrinch.
* ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'': 'Human Error'. Soundwave reappears for the first time since season one and [[spoiler: traps the Autobots in a LotusEaterMachine simulation in which they are all human, so he can turn them into Decepticons.]] Sari recruits a bunch of second-string characters to help free them, and it all ends in a ''literal'' example of AutobotsRockOut.
* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible:'' In "A Very Possible Christmas", Ron goes off on his own to stop Dr. Drakken so [[SavingChristmas Kim can spend the holiday with her family]]. It doesn't go too well, but [[StatusQuoIsGod everything works out in the end]].
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'':
** "And now, the Christmas Special nobody wants to see, but ''everyone'' will watch. It's Christmas with the Joker!"
** There's also the second Christmas special, with three stories set over the Christmas to New Year period. The first story has ComicBook/HarleyQuinn and Poison Ivy kidnap Bruce Wayne, the second has ComicBook/{{Batgirl}}, Harvey Bullock and Renee Montoya fighting Clayface in a shopping mall on Christmas Eve, and the third has Franchise/{{Batman}} and Robin stopping SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker from killing thousands of people at the New Year countdown in Gotham Square.
* Zig-zagged in the ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' Christmas episode. Clark brings Martian Manhunter to the Kent farm, Flash finds some orphans the year's most popular toy but had a fight with the Ultra-Humanite in the process, and John (Green Lantern) takes Shayera (Hawkgirl) sledding, which turns into a super-powered SnowballFight. Shayera then shows John what ''she'' does for fun - visit alien bars and [[BarBrawl start fights]]. The episode ends with them (and the rest of the brawlers) passed out, sleeping peacefully.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' Christmas special has Brock, dressed as Santa, in a no-holds-barred fight with the party-crasher Krampus.
* In addition to the ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' examples above, ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' once did a Christmas sketch in which Goku and Gohan go to the North Pole to fight a half-Santa, half-snowman monster. Eventually Mrs. Clause morphs into what Tetsuo becomes at the end of ''Manga/{{Akira}}'' and Santa resolves never to visit Japan ever again.
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' "Twas the Fight before Christmas".
* One ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'' episode was this, on top of being a giant spoof of comic book superheroes.
* ''WesternAnimation/BuzzLightyearOfStarCommand'' has the episode "Holiday Time". It's a generic "villain steals Christmas" plot with an ''awesome'' fight scene between Zurg and Buzz Lightyear featuring BulletTime and backed by a [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic pounding techno track]].
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'': two Christmas specials with a killer robot Santa and a sack full of ammunition-related puns ("your mistletoe is no match for my T.O.E. missile"). Plus this shows up again in the animated film Bender's Big Score, including an awesome song "This Trinity's Goin' to War" when Robot Santa used his toy workshop on Neptune to manufacture weapons, with the help of Kwanzaabot and the Chanukah Zombie.
** Not to mention the finale of broadcast season seven The Futurama Holiday Spectacular that has not only a Christmas storyline but also action filled Robanukah and Kwanzaa.
* The ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983''/''WesternAnimation/SheRaPrincessOfPower'' crossover [[ChristmasEpisode Christmas Movie]] had the twins and their allies fighting to protect two Earth children from Horde Prime because of the villain's fear of their "Christmas Spirit." (To be fair, when being evil is your stock in trade you don't want people to be happy, anyway.) The day is saved, of course... by [[spoiler: Skeletor]]! Apparently, Horde Prime was right to worry about the Christmas Spirit being infectious.
* The episode "The Christmas Aliens" of the second ''WesternAnimation/{{Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles|2003}}'' animated series features Michelangelo going out on Christmas Eve to do some last-minute shopping while his family prepare for a big Christmas party, and ending up fighting against criminals who are stealing toys that were supposed to go to an orphanage. The story's an [[AdaptationExpansion expanded]] version of the ''[[SpellMyNameWithAnS Michaelangelo]]'' one-shot comic from [[ComicBook/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesMirage the original Mirage comic]].
* ''[[WesternAnimation/RegularShow Regular Show]]'''s Christmas Episode. Full stop.
* The Christmas episode of EvilConCarne is this. Hector the brain [[GrandTheftMe steals Santa's body]] in a plan to take over the world with mind control devices in all the toys. [[SpannerInTheWorks He didn't count on]] [[ParodyNames Rubert]] [[RudolphTheRedNosedReindeer the muscular green-nosed reindeer]] helping to save the day and Santa [[HeroicWillpower managing to break free of his control]] thanks to [[IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight Rubert's words.]]
-->'''Rubert''': Merry Christmas, suckers!
* ''WesternAnimation/ArthurChristmas'' has elements of this, when several governments think Santa's sleigh is an alien invasion, and try to shoot it down.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan'' has an episode where Spidey has to fight the entire Sinister Six on Christmas Eve. And thanks to burning his tongue on some hot chocolate, [[CrowningMomentOfFunny the villains can't understand what he's saying.]]

[[AC:RealLife]]
* George Washington crossing the Delaware.
* The "Battle of the Bulge" began the week before Christmas 1944 and ended in January 1945.
* Defied during the first year of UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, wherein the soldiers on both sides got out of the trenches [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christmas_truce voluntarily stopped the war]], without any such orders from command, to have a real Christmas. They played football (European style) in the no mans lands between the trenches. There are also stories of decorating trees and exchanging gifts.
** One group took advantage of this to capture a strategic point, to the shock of everyone.
** Also averted in 1916, when German and Canadian soldiers near Vimy Ridge exchanged gifts.
** There's also a story of a group of American and German soldiers meeting in a forest on Christmas, both seeking shelter from a snowstorm, the elderly German woman who lives there doesn't allow them to fight in any way, and it ends with them singing Christmas carols together, even though they don't understand each others language.
* Hanukkah: if you don't know, this is a Jewish holiday at about the same time of the year as Christmas (and tends to absorb elements thereof by cultural osmosis) that ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maccabees commemorates]]'' asskicking.
* The Battle of Ortona.
* During the CivilWar, General Sherman captured Savannah, GA days before Christmas 1864 and presented it to President Lincoln as a Christmas present.
* The Battle of Hong Kong during the Pacific War. The Japanese captures it from the British on December 25, 1941
* The Battle of Wake Island
* In the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sendling%27s_Night_of_Murder Sendling Christmas Massacre of 1705]], almost three thousand [[UsefulNotes/TheSixteenLandsOfDeutschland Bavarian]] [[LaResistance rebels]] tried to storm the city of Munich while it was occupied by Austrian troops, only to be betrayed, surrounded, forced to surrender, and massacred in the same night. Still widely known as the ''Sendlinger Mordweihnacht'' (Sendling Murder Christmas).
* The Battle of Stalingrad lasted from summer 1942 to February 1943 without any Christmas truce.
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