Holiday Loves and Quirks is my mini-blog series for December. Posts documenting my unique take on Christmas will show up on Tuesdays and Thursdays. This is a way for me to share the spirit of the holiday with all of you! And don’t worry; I am in full marathon reading mode so you will still have plenty of book reviews to peruse!
I collect favorite TV shows. Just ask my husband; he has to put up with it on a daily basis. Some shows come and go, but each year I find myself watching the same Christmas special episodes. They never fail to put me in the Christmas spirit! So, without further ado, here are my favorite four Christmas episodes. Note: All images are from my Holiday Pinterest board.
Warehouse 13 – Secret Santa
(Season 2, Episode 13)
Warehouse 13 is my all time favorite show. Unfortunately, I don’t have enough time to discuss all the reasons why I love it this time around. Myka and Pete are sent on an artifact retrieval in California while Claudia is determined to find the perfect gift for Artie. Secret Santa focuses on the importance of family, specifically the relationship between father and child. The artifact retrieval is gloriously outlandish as are Claudia’s antics. The highlights of the episode are Judd Hirsch as Artie’s father and of the mention of the Christmas Truce of 1914 during World War I.
Eureka – O Little Town
(Season 4, Episode 10)
Sheriff Jack Carter recalls the first Christmas he spent in Eureka in O Little Town. He is stuck spending Christmas in pure Eureka style, which means the town is on the verge of disaster thanks to the perfect fruitcake! O Little Town emphasizes that family is not just blood; family are those who are always there for you. The whole community comes together to save Eureka from being wiped of the map. Plus, Taggart as Santa….
Bones – The Man in the Fallout Shelter
(Season 1, Episode 10)
I will always consider The Man in the Fallout Shelter one of the best Bones episodes of all time. A 50 year old body is discovered in an atomic fallout shelter and brought to the lab. A fungal spore is released from the bones leaving everyone stuck in the lab under quarantine. The emphasis of this episode is, once again, family. We learn the details of Brennan’s parents disappearing while the team works to uncover ‘Careful Lionel’s’ story. The witty banter keeps you laughing, except during the revolving family scene. I cry buckets every time!
Supernatural – A Very Supernatural Christmas
(Season 3, Episode 8)
Sam and Dean Winchester must hunt down a cannibalistic Santa Claus. YES! A Very Supernatural Christmas is a surprisingly uplifting episode. Yes the brothers must vanquish a pair of pagan gods, but we get to learn more about their childhood in the process. It is Dean’s last Christmas thanks to a deal with the crossroads demon and he is determined to do it right. Sam is forced to relive some painful childhood memories only to realize that Dean has always been there for him. They end up spending a touching Christmas Eve in pure Winchester style.
Doctor Who and Psych! Both series have a number of Christmas Specials that are usually watched in December. I enjoy them as well.
I definitely recommend all of these if you are looking for a different type of Christmas show! What are your favorite shows? Do you have certain episodes that get watched yearly?