An easy way to get into the Christmas mood is to watch someone uncharacteristically wear a Santa suit. It just makes you smile. There are a ton of great Christmas tv episodes that you should check out.
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Parks and Recreation (2009-2010)
2-12 Christmas Scandal
Leslie is wrongly accused of being involved in a sex scandal with a politician. So she has to hide instead of appearing at the Pawnee Winter Wonderland Festival that she designed.
The Cleveland Show (2008-2010)
1-9 A Cleveland Brown Christmas
Cleveland gets drunk and upsets Rallo on Christmas.
2-8 Murray Christmas & 2-9 Beer Walk
Rallo learns all about Hanukkah. Cleveland has to do housework.
Gossip Girl (2007-2010)
1-11 Roman Holiday
Blair is upset when her father visits but doesn’t give her all of his attention.
2-12 It’s A Wonderful Lie
Blair and Chuck bet that they can find each other dates at the Snowflake Ball.
4-11 The Townie
Dan and Blair drive to Connecticut to find out about Juliet.
Mad Men (2007-2010)
4-2 Christmas Comes but Once a Year
The firm throws a Christmas party for an important client. Don spends the holidays boozing and womanizing, as per usual.
30 Rock (2006-2010)
The staff plan a dirty holiday party. Jack observes Liz’s parents who are the opposite of his mother.
3-6 Christmas Special
Jack hits his mom with his car. Then he makes the cast put on a live Christmas Eve show.
4-8 Secret Santa
The writers make up a fake religion and get Kenneth to fall for it hook line and sinker. Julianne Moore guest stars as Jack’s former high school crush who he has reconnected with.
5-10 Christmas Attack Zone
Liz decides to get Paul and Jenna back together since Jenna misses him so much. Jack invites his mother, father and Avery to Christmas dinner.
Brothers & Sisters (2006-2010)
1-10 Light the Lights
Saul, Tommy and Sarah try to save the business. Justin and Kevin try to keep Justin out of combat.
5-10 Cold Turkey
Nora tries to treat herself to a holiday getaway with Karl. Saul encounters an ex (Richard Chamberlain).
The Office (2005-2010)
2-10 Christmas Party
“…is this enough to get 20 people plastered?”
“15 bottles of vodka? Yeah, that should do it.”
Michael takes a bonus for himself but then feels guilty and blows it on a trashtastic Christmas party & an expensive Secret Santa gift. Michael ruins the Secret Santa swap of hand chosen gifts by turning it into a Yankee Swap in which everyone vies for a new iPod.
3-10 A Benihana Christmas
Michael picks up a waitress from a Benihana’s on Christmas after a break up. The Party Planning Committee is split on ideas so they break off into two competing parties.
5-11 Moroccan Christmas
Michael tries to have an intervention for Meredith during the boozy office Christmas party. The hit toy of the season is Princess Unicorn.
6-13 Secret Santa
Michael acts like a complete jerk when he sees that Phyliss is being Santa at the office Christmas party. Andy expresses his affection for Erin by giving her the gifts from the song The 12 Days of Christmas which backfires.
7-11 & 7-12 Classy Christmas
Michael changes the Christmas party into a Classy Christmas at the last minute to impress Holly when he learns that she will be coming back to work at the office. Dwight takes a snowball fight with Jim too far. Pam and Andy help Darryl entertain his daughter.
How I Met Your Mother (2005-2010)
2-11 How Lily Stole Christmas
Lily and Ted have a huge fight when she finds out that he called her a cunt to sympathize with Marshall during their breakup. This jeopardizes the holiday magic that she had originally planned for Marshall. Barney gets ill and has to stay in bed sans suit.
4-11 Little Minnesota
Robin and Marshall become regulars at a Minnesota themed bar. Ted tries to keep Barney and his little sister from getting busy.
6-12 False Positive
Everyone decides to make huge life changes in an effort to keep up when they think that Lily may be having a baby.
1-9 The Man in the Fallout Shelter
The gang is quarantined in the lab on Christmas. Bones has some emotional moments.
3-9 The Santa in the Slush
Bones tries to do something special for her jailed father for the holiday. Booth is not able to spend the holiday with his son. Booth and Bones kiss under the mistletoe.
5-10 The Goop on the Girl
Emily Deschanel’s sister Zooey Deschanel guest stars as a second cousin whom she doesn’t understand.
Grey’s Anatomy (2005-2010)
2-12 Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer
Cristina and Burke deal with a patient who doesn’t want surgery. Shepherd performs surgery on the head of family who is merging their religions.
This episodes includes the time frame from Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s. Mark’s daughter is pregnant. The chief is reverting to alcoholism. Miranda’s father visits and reams her out for her life choices.
1-11 My Own Personal Jesus
Elliot deals with an uncertain expectant mother, Turk struggles with his faith and JD makes a mistake incurring Dr. Cox’s wrath.
2-10 My Monster
Elliot is cut off by her dad and ends up living out of a moving van “like a hobo or Jewel”.
4-12 My Best Moment
The gang remembers their best moments in medicine.
Ghost Whisperer (2005-2009)
3-10 Holiday Spirit
A creepy ghost insists that he is actually Santa Claus. Dee Wallace guest stars.
My Name Is Earl (2005-2008)
1-10 White Lie Christmas
Earl acts like he’s still married to Joy for her mother’s benefit.
2-9 Born a Gamblin’ Man
Earl tries to make amends with someone but gets him addicted to gambling instead. Randy decides to make a move on Catalina.
3-13 Bad Earl
Earl becomes bad again when he sees something that rocks his faith in karma since he is now poor and homeless.
4-13 Orphan Earl
Earl finds out that Joy is still conning someone from years ago.
Ugly Betty (2006-2009)
1-10 Fake Plastic Snow
Betty tries to make up her mind about her feelings for Henry as opposed to her relationship with Walter.
2-9 Giving Up The Ghost
There’s a huge emergency so the staff have to redo an entire issue before the deadline. Eliza Dushku guest stars.
Betty and Hilda have pregnancy scares. Marc has a plan to get Wilhelmina back. Claire tracks down the son that she gave up for adoption.
2-4 Xmas Story
The evil robot Santa tries to kill Fry and Leela.
3-5 A Tale of Two Santas
Bender takes the place of the murderous Santa robot.
5-13 Holiday Spectacular
This episode includes Christmas, Robanukah and Kwanzaa.
That 70’s Show (1998-2005)
1-12 The Best Christmas Ever
The gang has their own party in the basement while Red and Kitty throw one upstairs.
3-9 Hyde’s Christmas Rager
Hyde’s dad acts more like a friend than a dad by letting the teens do whatever they want. They end up throwing a huge party. When Eric arrives home stinking drunk Red upbraids Hyde’s dad.
4-12 An Eric Forman Christmas
“Kelso, I don’t think Jesus was the son of a spaceman”
Eric is supposed to put on a a traditional nativity scene at his church but the gang drives him insane by changing everything.
Red has to dress as Santa. The boys attend a school dance.
Kelso and Eric unwrap toys that were donated for children to the police department. The girls go with Kitty to a Christmas party.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997-2002)
Angel is tormented by ghosts who want him to kill Buffy.
Ally McBeal (1997-2001)
1-11 Silver Bells
Elaine plans the firm’s Christmas party. The Biscuit asks Ally out.
2-10 Making Spirits Bright
A client is fired because he claims to have seen a unicorn.
3-7 Saving Santa
Cage defends a Santa who says that he was fired because for being too fat.
3-8 Blue Christmas
Elaine tries to adopt a baby that was left in a nativity scene.
4-6 ‘Tis the Season
The Biscuit tries to impress Kimmy (Jami Gertz) by pretending to be a singer.
4-8 The Man with the Bag
Larry’s ex (Famke Janssen) visits and Ally worries that she wants him back. Nelle’s defends her father who believes he is Santa Claus.
5-7 Nine One One
Ally defends a minister who lost his job because he lost his faith.
Xena: Warrior Princess (1995-2000)
2-9 A Solstice Carol
Gabrielle and Xena face a king who doesn’t believe in celebrating the Winter Solstice.
3-12 Season’s Greedings
They slide into a world of people who live and work in giant malls.
Quantum Leap (1989-1992)
3-10 Little Miracle
The Twilight Zone (1959-1963)
2-11 The Night of the Meek
A drunk Santa Claus find a bag that gives out presents after he is fired on Christmas Eve.
3-14 Five Characters in Search of an Exit
Four odd characters are trapped in a room and don’t know who they are how to get out.
3-37 The Changing of the Guard
A professor contemplates suicide until he has an experience that shows him that he is wrong about his life.
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Dirty Sexy Money (2007-2008)
1-10 The Nutcracker
Brian asks Tripp for a job when he is suspended from the priesthood. (Wasn’t he like the hottest priest ever, well aside from Ed Norton in Keeping the Faith, but he was sweet, Brian definitely wasn’t.) Jeremy and Lisa get up to no good.
3-13 Joy Kringle
When a mall Mrs. Santa Claus comes in for liposuction a huge secret is revealed to her husband.
“Hey asshole, you think Jesus loves you more just cuz you got money?!”
To me this is one of the best “Sean falls off his high horse all the way to the bottom” episodes. During his divorce Sean finds out that he can’t see his children for Christmas and grows even more depressed when Christian is wrapped up in his own life. To deal with the season Sean turns to the bottle, even at work. Then Sean gets talked into playing Santa but doesn’t stop his partying (yes, that’s an elf!).
5-8 Duke Collins
Sean finds out that Julia and Christian are seeing each other. Edens offers Julia a gift.
4-9 Mr. Monk and the Secret Santa
Someone dies at the police department’s Christmas party after drinking from a poisoned bottle of wine that was for Captain Stottlemeyer.
5-9 Mr. Monk Meets His Dad
Monk’s estranged father visits during Christmas.
6-10 Mr. Monk and the Man Who Shot Santa
Monk has to clear his name when he is accused of shooting someone dressed as Santa Claus.
7-9 Mr. Monk and the Miracle
Monk investigates the death of a homeless man.
2-10 A Roswell Christmas Carol
Michael tries to find a great gift for Maria. Max is haunted by someone that he didn’t help.
3rd Rock From the Sun (1996-2000)
2-12 Jolly Old St. Dick
The Solomons have their first Christmas.
2-10 Xmas Story
Bill thinks a man working as Santa Claus in the station’s lobby is a killer who is stalking him. Tone Loc guest stars.
Dave has to do everyone’s job affecting his trip to visit his parents with Lisa.
My So Called Life (1994)
1-14 So Called Angels
When Rickie is homeless on Christmas Angela tries to help.
4-10 The Customer’s Usually Right
Joe’s miserly ways ruin Christmas for Brian, Helen and an elderly woman.
5-11 Happy Holidays
Antonio hooks up with Lowell’s ex-wife.
6-9 Insanity Claus
The gang is held hostage.
8-9 All About Christmas Eve
Fay, Casey and Helen end up stuck in a mall. Antonio’s charge is a nun.
4-12 Santa Claus
Roseanne aks Dan if he wants a to work at Rodbell’s as a Santa Claus.
5-12 It’s No Place Like Home for The Holidays
A snow storm leaves Darlene stuck at David’s house and Roseanne and Jackie stuck at the diner with Nana Mary and their mom.
6-12 White Trash Christmas
Roseanne and Dan decide to have a super tacky Christmas when the neighborhood tries to tell them how to decorate.
7-12 The Parenting Trap
DJ has an embarrassing incident at school.
9-12 Home for the Holidays
Dan returns home from staying with his sick mom but he doesn’t act like he used to.
Married with Children (1987-1996)
2-13 You Better Watch Out
When Santa lands in the Bundy’s backyard Al takes his place.
4-11 & 4-12 It’s a Bundyful Life
Al is visited by Sam Kinison (as an angel) who shows him how great the family’s life would be without him ala a reverse It’s A Wonderful Life.
Al works as a department store Santa to buy presents.
8-13 The Worst Noel
Marcy and Jefferson don’t invite Al to their Christmas party. Bud and Kelly try to get their parents a jukebox for Christmas.
10-14 I Can’t Believe It’s Butter
Al makes Peggy’s mom to get a job. Griff is having phone sex with Peggy’s mom.
11-8 God Help Ye Merry Bundymen
Al and Griff are fired on Christmas Eve.