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The Muppets have made three or four million different Christmas specials. This is admittedly one of their lesser known films, but it’s still stuffed with Pepe-the-King-Prawn goodness. (Yes, Kermit and the gang are also here, but Pepe is our favorite.)
There’s not a whole lot of plot to Madeline’s Christmas (but since when has Madeline been about things happening.) Basically, Madeline must take care of her classmates who have fallen ill around holiday time.
That’s right. Madeline saves the holiday and cures the common cold. Is there anything this adorable moppet can’t do?
No, not the one with the Yankee swap. This is the original British The Office—the one that inspired the American variant and made Ricky Gervais your favorite comedian’s favorite comedian.
This isn’t just a Christmas special. It’s also the finale. Can David Brent (Gervais as the pre-Michael Scott entertainer/boss) find a date in time for the office Christmas party? And will Dawn and Tim—the British versions of Pam and Jim, but you probably figured that out—make it work?
Ready to have yourself a Munster little Christmas?
Eddie is missing Transylvania so the rest of his family rallies around him in this holiday Munsterpiece.
Speaking of holiday monsters…
We’ll forgive you if you’ve never heard of Archie’s Weird Mysteries. Simply put, some television executive thought it would be a good idea to turn the Riverdale gang into the Scooby-Doo Crew.
Consequently, in this series, Archie, Betty, Veronica and Jughead solve mysteries with a supernatural twist. It’s every bit as awful/awesome as it sounds.
If you want a seasonal sampling, check out The Christmas Phantom. It’s the best Christmas special about a specter lurking in a department store that we’ve ever seen.
It’s a Disney film starring a plucky 6-year-old girl and her guardian angel. This is either too saccharine or perfect for you, depending upon your taste, and you already know which it is.
Not family friendly, but the cast is packed with comedy all-stars, including Robin Williams, Joel McHale, Lauren Graham, and Candice Bergen.
Or if you’re looking for something more traditional, you can watch as Anthony Edwards narrates this Christmas classic.
Just when you thought this shortcake couldn’t get any sweeter, she made a Christmas special.
Get ready for some adorable. Strawberry Shortcake and her friends make Madeline look like Edgar Allan Poe.
Uncle Fester gets stuck in the chimney while dressed as Santa. That’s all you needed to know, right?
Christmas isn’t just about mystery-solving teenagers and princess-saving plumbers. (Oh, we’ll get to the Mario Christmas special later.) It’s not just about Santa Claus or talking snowmen either.
The Story of Christmas recounts the tale of Jesus’s birth simply and sweetly. Watch it with your kids if they start to forget the reason for the season.
There are hundreds of iterations on Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, but this is the only one with Plucky Duck.
This flick’s perfect if you want to mix some Halloween with your Christmas.
14. Christmas Kiss
Consider this the obligatory romantic comedy option.
Franklin’s having a difficult Christmas. His grandpa’s sick, Faraway Farm is snowed in, and his sister Harriet is driving him crazy.
I wonder if the holiday will teach him any special lessons about appreciating his younger sibling.
16. Super Mario World, The Night Before Cave Christmas
As is probably obvious by now, we have an enormous soft spot for Christmas specials that border on the ridiculous.
And what can be more ridiculous than Christmas with Mario and Luigi, especially when Mario is trying to stop King Koopa from stealing a bunch of cavemen’s Christmas gifts?
Nothing. There is a not a single thing that can be more ridiculous than that.
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