my favorite holiday specials & where to stream them

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I’m not very particular about the seasonality of media – I’ll watch my favorite movies and specials when I want, and now, with the miracle of the internet, I don’t have to wait for the 25 Days of Christmas to hope that they’ll air my fringe-y holiday clips. Today, I thought I’d share some of my favorite holiday TV and movies!

Probably my favorite Christmas movie of all time is A Very Brady Christmas. I’m not joking – I get shit about this all the time, but in a very unironic way, it is one of my very favorite movies. It may be the warm childhood feelings I get from remembering the time I spent watching this at my grandmother’s, sprawled out on the floor in the living room or in my grandpa’s room, curled up in his recliner. The stressful suspense in Carol and Mike trying to surprise each other, the comedy in trying to find a spot for all the kids and their families to sleep, the suspense when Mike goes in to a falling building…

Plus, there’s a shot of Bobby Brady eating a lunch of Chinese food, a cheeseburger, a pop the size of my head, and basically everything that is great in this world. In that moment, he is truly my spirit animal. You can pop the popcorn and catch this bad boy in full over on Hulu.

As an unironic celebrator of Festivus, I would be remiss not to include the Seinfeld episode “The Strike.” Probably everyone has seen it, but it’s not December without hearing Frank Costanza bellow “I got a lot of problems with you people, and now, you’re gonna hear about it!” Seinfeld streams on Hulu.

Another of my favorites from back in the day is Christmas Eve on Sesame Street. I always really felt for Big Bird here – he just wants to validate what he has always believed after Oscar causes him to second guess. Plus, Mr. Hooper’s presence really just tugs at the heartstrings, and how can you beat Count, Bert, Ernie, and the others playing crack the whip on ice? Check it out on YouTube.

And no holiday season would be complete without A Muppet Family Christmas. The cameo by Jim Henson just a few years before his death is very sweet, and I love seeing the entire Muppet family together here on YouTube.

What are your favorite holiday specials? Do you watch them all year, or reserve them for the holiday season?