7 Of The Best Holiday Episodes That Aren’t About Christmas

It’s holiday time, which means that we’re going to be inundated with a holiday episode of every single TV show ever. If it’s not a Charlie Brown Christmas playing in the evening then it’s a Gilmore Girls Christmas episode rerun in the afternoon and a Pretty Little Liars Christmas episode at night.

But, uh, surprise surprise, not everyone celebrates Christmas!

There are a few non-Christmas holiday episodes here and there but here are seven that are actually fun to watch. Check ’em out with a big cup of hot chocolate.

'Chrismukkah' - The O.C.

Okay, so Christmas is involved to an extent but hey, it isn't technically Christmas. It's Chrismukkah! Seth Cohen's Christmas and Hanukkah hybrid that literally swept the nation. No, seriously, when this episode came out every half Christian half Jewish kid out there was trying to get their families to celebrate it. The OC's impact, everyone.

'A Rugrats Chanukah' - Rugrats

No '90s kid's childhood is complete without watching the Rugrats Chanukah special a billion times. The best part about it is that it is fun and informative but still, you know, Rugrats. This should pretty much be mandatory viewing for everyone around the holidays.

The Strike - Seinfeld

FESTIVUS. If you're wondering what Festivus is, well, it's...just...watch the episode and find out. It's unreal in more ways than one.

A Rugrats Kwanzaa - Rugrats

Honestly, Rugrats probably taught our generation more about Kwanzaa than anything else. The episode starts off with Susie and her family getting a visit from her great aunt, who lets them know that Kwanzaa celebrates the accomplishments and honor of African people. Susie feels down in the dumps because she feels like she hasn't accomplished anything worthy compared to her brothers and sisters. All in all it's a good ol' fashioned heartwarming episode with a bit of history thrown in. Also, Susie rocks and she isn't highlighted enough in the show.

'Heck Of A Hanukkah' - Even Stevens

Other than Gordo from Lizzie McGuire there weren't very many Jewish characters on Disney Channel. Heck, there wasn't even a single Hanukkah episode of anything...except for the Stevens. This episode, like every other episode of Even Stevens, is absolutely ridiculous and starts off with Louis trying to get a sneak peak at his Hanukkah presents but, instead, he accidentally destroys them before he can even check 'em out. He's grounded and then he starts thinking that his family would be better off without him. Of course, this ventures into one of those "OMG THE WORLD WOULD SUCK WITHOUT YOU" episodes, which is super cliche but always fun to watch.

'Everybody Hates Kwanzaa' - Everybody Hates Chris

OMG this episodes is hilarious. Essentially, Chris' dad tries to convince the family to celebrate Kwanzaa instead of Christmas. This isn't because he's suddenly super interested in African-American history. Nope, dude is just cheap and knows that Christmas is expensive. You know, the tree, the presents, etc. But Kwanzaa? Way cheaper to celebrate when you've got three kids.

'Seven Days Of Kwanzaa' - The Proud Family

OMG this episode was heartwarming and also really bizarre? A homeless family shows the Proud family the true meaning of Kwanzaa. Cool, right? Yeah but...well, the family might just be a figment of their imagination? I don't know, you'll have to watch the episode yourself and come up with your own conclusion to that mystery.

What other TV shows have holiday episodes that aren’t about Christmas? Which are your faves? Tell us in the comments!

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  • Jackie Rose

    I loved the Jewish humor in Rugrats! My favorite joke was from when Angelica was staying over at her grandparents, and her grandparents were arguing about who was going to turn on the “sesame seed” (Sesame Street).

  • Amanda Anonda

    Thanks, but seasons and episode numbers would have been nice.

  • bigg3469

    One was the Kung Fu Panda Holiday Special where Po was summon by Master Shi-Fu to the Temple as host for the Grand Masters Winter Meeting but Po’s heart was at home spending the holiday with his adopted father who runs the noodle shop. The moral of the special was “No matter what you celebrate during the holiday season, always make time with your family and friends”.