Holiday Loves: Christmas Episodes

Do y’all remember last years Christmas post series called Holiday Loves and Quirks? I shared some of my favorite aspects of the holidays and felt like resharing them! Feel free to share your favorite aspects of the Christmas!

Christmas Episodes

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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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.

Honorable Mentions:

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?

Lindsay

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5 Fandom Friday

   So, Liz at Nerd in the City introduced me to 5 Fandom Friday.  A topic is posted each Friday by The Nerdy Girlie and Super Space Chick, and you list your top five answers.  I just couldn’t pass on this week!

5 Fandom Friday

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Characters I Would Name My Kids After

Mike and I will probably have kids some day.  I love fun names, but it has been decided that our eventual children will have family names.  Sigh…fine.  But, here are my choices if I could name my kids after my favorite characters!

1. Carter

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Jack Carter in Eureka will always be one of my favorite characters.  He is responsible for the crazy Eureka scientists and their often disastrous experiments.  He may constantly be in danger but he always tackles his problems with a great sense of humor.  Carter is my number one name choice for both a little girl and a little boy!

2. Myka

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Myka Bering is one kickass woman.  She is the moral compass for the Warehouse 13 team; always there to remind them what’s right and wrong.  She isn’t perfect, as she has a few issues of her own to deal with, but she always comes out strong and confident in the end.  Plus, she’s a bibliophile!

3. Karigan

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Karigan G’ladheon is the main character of Kristen Britain’s Green Rider series.  I have read this book at least 15 times.  Karigan stumbles into a job as a Green Rider, a king’s messenger, and is thrust in to a life of magic and adventure.  She starts out as a whiny and stubborn kid and eventually grows in to a strong self-sufficient woman capable of saving a king.

4. Milo

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Louis L’Amour’s Milo Talon; I love everything about this name!  Milo is a tracker journeying through the Wild West in search of a missing girl.  He is quiet, kind, and doesn’t take shit from anyone.  He is a man who follows his gut and thinks quick on his feet.

5. Cole

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Yep, two cowboy influenced names.  El Dorado will always be my favorite John Wayne western.  John Wayne is Cole Thornton, a sharpshooter who returns to El Dorado to help the drunken sheriff save the town from some slick city swindlers.  He may have no problem gunning down a man, but only for the right reasons.  Who can’t admire a man who risks his life to save a friend?

6. Pete

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I couldn’t just pick 5!  Pete Lattimer is the reason I love Warehouse 13.  He is kind, funny, and has a deep love of cookies.  He has plenty of his own demons, but he refuses to let that kill his happiness.  He has found his place at Warehouse 13, and he is determined to enjoy every minute of it!

Those are my choices!  Which characters would you name your children (real or imaginary) after?

Lindsay

All images are from imdb.com and Goodreads.

Holiday Loves and Quirks – Christmas Episodes

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!

Christmas Episodes

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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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.

Honorable Mentions:

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?

Lindsay