Favorite Holiday TV Episodes to Craft, Clean & Cook By

Favorite Holiday TV Episodes to Craft, Clean & Cook By

Tess Wilson
Dec 10, 2012

Do you have 8 dozen cookies to cut out, bake, and decorate? Or 37 cards to stamp and address? Or perhaps a million pom poms to make and string into garland? If you're finding yourself faced with cozy but repetitive and endless holiday tasks, you're going to need some festive television to keep your spirits bright..

I love the holiday episodes of my favorite shows — somehow they seem to capture everything I love about the show and characters, while being completely different and magical. Kind of like the holidays themselves, I guess. Plus, it is often snowing in holiday episodes, and I can't get enough snow. Especially snow I don't actually have to deal with. Here are my current favorites, all ready to watch right now:

Parks & Recreation
"Citizen Knope" (Season 4 Episode 10, shown above) moved me to tears. And also made me determined to host a gingerbread house — or office — building party.
"Christmas Scandal" (Season 2 Episode 12) is hilarious, and features a soft-hearted Ron Swanson wearing earmuffs. It doesn't get any better.
Both available on Netflix streaming
"Ron and Diane" (Season 5 Episode 9), in which Chris Traeger CONSUMES FAT. Also: "Jingle bells, jingle yay, jingle good for you!"
Available on Hulu

"The Strike" (Season 9 Episode 10) Sure, Kramer's on strike and Elaine's determined to get a free sub, but what's truly important is the introduction of Festivus. Feats of Strength, the Festivus pole, the Airing Of Grievances, all for the rest of us!
Available free on Crackle

Arrested Development
"In God We Trust" (Season 1 Episode 7) In which George Michael learns what "frontspiece" means.
"Afternoon Delight" (Season 2 Episode 6) Gob goes on and on about how expensive his suits are, Lindsay can't get hit on to save her life, and Michael karaokes inappropriately. Twice.
Both available on Netflix streaming

"X-Mas Story" (Season 2 Episode 10) has an allegedly murderous Santa, a six-pack of sports cars, and the lesson that "nothin', nothin' fits better than a dead man's shirt".
Available on Hulu

The Colbert Report
Unfortunately, at this moment I can't find the entire "A Colbert Christmas" available for free right now, but all of the clips can be watched, one at a time. Jon Stewart drops by and is predictably adorable..
Available on Comedy Central, but my favorite, "Nutmeg", is on Eat Me Daily

30 Rock
There's no way I can do all of them justice, but I'll try..
"Ludachristmas" (Season 2 Episode 9) features Dirty Santa and Jack in a Christmas sweater.
"Christmas Special" (Season 3 Episode 6) Mrs. Claus finally gets proper credit!
"Secret Santa" (Season 4 Episode 8) has Liz attempting to give Jack a series of terrible $0 presents: a song, a drawing of a frog…
"Christmas Attack Zone" (Season 5 Episode 10) gave us the phrase "Christmas attack zone!", as well as a surprisingly moving ending.
All available on Netflix streaming
"My Whole Life Is Thunder" (Season 7 Episode 8) has some Christmas-iness, but the most important part is that Jack establishes, once & for all, the only three acceptable subjects for a painting.
Available on Hulu

Please add your favorites — especially the ones available instantly and for free — to the list!

(Image: NBC via BuzzSugar)

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