On the eighth day of Christmas…we discuss TV

Supernatural TV Show ImageWhile I know it’s not book related, I’m going to have a quick look at the holiday themed episode with three standout episodes. I love Christmas episodes, and I think this is due to my love of subcategories. I’m a fan of a genre within a genre, which is why I love it when things turn to the holidays. This focus always brings a different perspective to the characters that you’ve been following from episode one. And a good show will do more than simply slap up some decorations and have a token Santa appearance. A good show will use the holiday theme to reveal something important about the characters.

Supernatural, ‘A Very Supernatural Christmas’ (Season 3)

This has to be one of my favourite TV shows OF ALL TIME. Yes, it has two rather handsome leads, but there is so much more to love about this show. There’s the exploration of folk lore, fantastic characters, and an intricate, slowly unfolding story arc that spans and builds each season. In this episode Sam and Dean are investigating the murderous god of the winter solstice. So here we have a look at the roots of Christmas traditions and it’s pretty darn creepy. However, what makes this episode great is the flashbacks throughout the episode. These flashback show a Christmas Sam and Dean “celebrated” as kids, and it sheds a little light of why these guys are the way they are now. This was some very effective character development and made this episode more than a hokey Christmas theme.

Like Supernatural? Read Club Monstrosity.

The OC, ‘The Best Chrismukkah Ever’ (Season 1)

This show is a guilty pleasure of mine. While the show had it’s low moments, it was a fun teen drama full of angst. Of course this popular show had to do a Christmas episode (and then a New Years, and so on). However, in a show that you wouldn’t really expect there to be much depth to a Christmas episode, this one was surprising. In season one Ryan has first joined the Cohens in their home, and Seth explains the dual holiday in an inter-faith household. It had a nice holiday message and was completely heart warming and served as a way to bring Ryan into the family.

Like The OC? Read Isn’t She Lovely.

Haven, ‘Silent Night’ (Season 2)

While this might not be the strongest contender of the list, I love Haven so it had to make the cut. What made this episode stand out for me was the fact that Audrey is thrown for a loop when Christmas decorations start appearing in July, so for her it’s not Christmas at all. This was an interesting way to approach a Christmas episode and I loved it for it’s uniqueness.

Like Haven? Read Wide Open.

And that’s a wrap for my top three favourite Christmas themed TV episodes. What do you think of holiday episodes? Love ’em or hate ’em?

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