The 12 Episodes of Christmas: 12 Must-See Sitcoms for the Holidays

Can you believe there are only eight days until Christmas? That means that there are only eight days to figure out last-minute gifts, wrap them, and perhaps most sad to me – only a few days left of my new favorite Moser Roth chocolate truffle advent calendar. One of my favorite things to do during the holiday season is giving myself the gift of some self-care and R&R (rest and relaxation) and that’s definitely true this year after wrapping up my first semester of grad school. I can’t think of a better way to relax than kicking back with my sitcoms (unless you add some advent truffles into the mix). Before you set out cookies and milk for the Big Man, here are the 12 Episodes of Christmas to get you in the holly jolly mood!

Frasier – “Perspectives On Christmas” (S5, Ep. 9)

This episode shows how things go awry for many of the characters through the course of one week leading up to the holidays, but arguably one of the best parts is the late John Mahoney attempting to sing “O Holy Night”.

Friends – “The One With The Holiday Armadillo” (S7, Ep. 10)

Is your holiday season really complete without a visit from Santa, Superman, and the Jewish representative Holiday Armadillo? I think not! This episode sees Ross trying to get his son Ben interested in Hanukkah, but conflict ensues that turns into comedic genius in this classic Friends episode.

Seinfeld – “The Strike” (S9, Ep. 10)

There’s so much about this episode that makes it a holiday winner – from George’s creation of The Human Fund to the episode’s focus around Festivus (which is on December 23rd should you want to air your own grievances). This episode certainly holds its own comedic feats of strength!

The Office – “Secret Santa” (S6, Ep. 13)

Because why not have one Santa when you can have two? This Christmas episode of The Office sees Phyllis fulfilling her dream of being Santa while the Nard Dog takes his love for Erin a bit too far with his 12 Days of Christmas gifts. It’s hilarious while also managing to be both sad and sweet.

The Golden Girls – “‘Twas The Nightmare Before Christmas” (S2, Ep. 11)

The girls’ plans of spending the holidays with their families are thwarted when they are held hostage by a man dressed as Santa. The episode also features a montage of comedic Christmas bits including Blanche’s iconic gift for the girls with “The Men of Blanche’s Boudoir” calendar. Fun fact: the calendar’s photos were actually members of the show’s prop department posing erotically both in the nude and semi-nude!

Black-ish – “Christmas in Theater Eight” (S5, Ep. 8)

Tina actually turned me onto watching Black-ish and I’m so glad she did! The entire cast and the show’s writing are seriously a genius comedy marriage The most recent episode of Black-ish sees the Johnsons debating which film to check out for their traditional Christmas movie theatre trip. I absolutely loved Jenifer Lewis and Deon Cole’s characters of Ruby and Charlie in this episode, but this episode wins as it blends comedy gold alongside discussion of film representation.

Mom – “Foot Powder and the Barrelworks Pirates” (S6, Ep. 11)

This episode sees the girls participating in a Secret Santa gift exchange as Christy tries to figure out what to get Wendy while Adam unsuccessfully hides from Bonnie that his bar is struggling financially. Honestly, my favorite parts of the episode are the cookies Christy makes and seeing Adam’s adorable dog dressed for the holidays!

Friends – “The One With the Inappropriate Sister” (S5, Ep. 10)

This episode sees Ross trying to keep Joey in check when Joey sets out to write his own play while Phoebe volunteers as a holiday bell ringer for the Salvation Army. My favorite parts of this episode are Phoebe’s responses to some of the lackluster additions to the kettle and the creation of the game Fire Ball.

Frasier – “Merry Christmas, Mrs. Moskowitz” (S6, Ep. 10)

While doing some Christmas shopping with Roz, Frasier is set up with a woman’s daughter who unbeknownst to him is Jewish and hilarity ensues when the Cranes pretend to be Jewish. This is one of several options of Frasier Christmas episodes that really shines for its comedic writing.

The Office – “Moroccan Christmas” (S5, Ep. 10)

Phyllis blackmails Angela into helping her with planning a Moroccan-themed Christmas party while Michael stages an intervention for Meredith. This episode gives the gift of laughter as we are provided another prank for Dwight, hilarious barbs between Phyllis and Angela, and much more.

The Golden Girls – “Have Yourself A Very Little Christmas” (S5, Ep. 12)

The girls spend Christmas helping out at a homeless shelter before they come across Dorothy’s ex Stan. The episode presents the real meaning of the holiday season at its purest as it brilliantly blends comedy alongside discussion of issues of food scarcity and homelessness.

Frasier – “High Holidays” (S11, Ep. 11)

If you haven’t seen this episode yet, do yourself a favor and check it out this holiday season! It is by far one of the most hilarious episodes of Frasier when things quickly snowball. Niles accidentally gets Martin high from an edible brownie while Frasier comes to grips with his son’s goth phase. This episode will leave you in tears from laughing so hard!

Extra Stocking Stuffers:

  • The Big Bang Theory  “The Maternal Congruence” (S3, Ep. 11)
  • How I Met Your Mother “Little Minnesota” (S4, Ep. 11)
  • Friends “The One Where Rachel Quits” (S3, Ep. 11)

What are your favorite Christmas-themed episodes? Share your picks in the comments below!!

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