There's no better way to feel the warmth of loved ones than taking a trip down memory lane.
It's Christmas time! That means it is now time to gather around the TV with a warm drink and plenty of food as you watch Christmas specials all day through the weekend. The year has been tough and many of us may not be able to see family again considering the state of the world. But there's no better way to feel the warmth of loved ones than taking a trip down memory lane and watching the shows and Christmas specials you did as a child and growing up.
Here is a list of some of the best things you can watch to feel the spirit of Christmas:
This classic Christmas special is a must-watch. This TV movie first premiered way back in 1965. It is barely half an hour long and follows a depressed Charlie Brown who is tired of the commercialism and the materialism he sees around him during Christmas time. He then attempts to find a deeper meaning to Christmas. You can watch it on Apple TV.
Another classic that is a part of everyone's annual ritual is watching this 1964 stop-motion TV special. Based on the misfit reindeer, Rudolph, this 47-minute movie follows him and his friends looking for a place that will accept them. And we all know how this goes but it still makes for a fun watch. It airs on CBS.
Yet another Christmas staple is this Christmas story that was adapted from the children's story of the same name by Dr. Seuss. It was also made into an animated TV special in 1966 and follows the titular Grinch who decides to steal Christmas from Whoville. You can watch it on Peacock.
Full House is always a heart-warming show to watch. It follows the story of the Tanner family as Danny, a widower recruits the help of his musician brother-in-law, Jesse Katsopolis, and his best friend, comedian Joey Gladstone to raise his four daughters. In the Christmas special from season two of the show, the Tanners get stuck in an airport in Colorado and have to spend Christmas there as Stephanie fears Santa won't find her. Full House is available to watch on HBO Max.
In this sitcom, Chris never has it easy as he has to take care of his siblings while his parents are busy at work. He can't seem to catch a break, even for Christmas. Chris' parents Rochelle and Julius don't have enough money to get him the new Walkman that he wanted for Christmas. Then there is Drew who tells Toyna the truth about Santa Claus, which makes her question other things her mom and dad have told her. It is available to watch on Paramount+ or Hulu.
There are many fun Christmas episodes on The Office like Christmas Party from Season 2, which made us ship Jim and Pam like there is no tomorrow; Secret Santa from Season 6, and then there is Classy Christmas. This two-part episode from Season 7 is when Holly Flax is sent to Scranton after Toby takes a leave of absence.
Michael can't help but be happy about it and Pam has to plan a second Christmas party so it can be on the day of Holly's return. You can watch the show on Peacock.
The show follows Will, whose mom sends him away from his rough Philadelphia neighborhood to live with wealthy Uncle Phil and Aunt Vivian in Bel-Air. In this Christmas episode, Will and the Banks family take a vacation at a Utah Ski Lodge resort. There, the quick-witted teenager and his family are joined by his mother, who has found a new man, and one of their cousins. Misadventures ensue. The show is available on HBO Max and Apple TV.
The Golden Girls follows four previously married women who now live together in Miami, sharing their various experiences together and enjoying themselves despite hard times. In this Christmas special, the girls all plan to visit their respective families for Christmas. But their plans are ruined when they are held hostage by a man dressed as Santa Claus at the Grief Counseling Center. You can watch this on Hulu.
Each season of Friends has a festive special episode. But one episode that is fun to watch is the Christmas special from Season 6 titled The One With the Routine. This is a great way to get hyped about the new year too as Joey gets invites by Janine on the set of "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve." He invites Ross and Monica who break into their high school dance routine that is iconic and memorable. Meanwhile, Rachel, Phoebe, and Chandler look for Monica's Christmas presents.
Johnny Rose and his family suddenly go bankrupt and are forced to live in a small town named Schitt's Creek. They try to make the best of their new lives and in season 4, Johnny decides that he wants to celebrate the holidays with an old-fashioned Rose Family Christmas Party. But it takes too much effort to get everyone on board at the last minute as Moira brings a negative attitude to Christmas tree shopping.