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On the 8th, 9th, and 10th days of Sitcoms

  On the 8th day of Sitcoms, my TV gave to me…

30 Rock: Ludachristmas
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All the 30 Rock Christmas episodes are on the same level, so you really can’t lose no matter which one you pick.  Ludachristmas is the first, and the most talked about.  It’s a fun jump back to 1985.  Merry Jewish.

On the 9th day of Sitcoms, my TV gave to me…

Parks and Recreation: Ron and Diane
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Whenever Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally get to act together, it’s so fun to watch, especially on Parks and Rec.  Amy Poehler’s enthusiasm for Christmas, Ron’s enthusiasm for woodcraft and April’s enthusiasm for being mean to Jerry make this episode solid.

BONUS: the gingerbread office from Citizen Knope
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On the 10th day of Sitcoms, my TV gave to me…

Bob’s Burgers: Father of the Bob
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Every Bob’s Burger’s Christmas episode is fantastic.  I can say that, because I just watched all of them.  I can’t pinpoint what it is about Father of the Bob that stands out more than the other episodes.  I guess maybe Gene’s bean bath.

BONUS: God Rest Ye Merry Mannequins
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So quality.  So confusing.  So creepy.  So Christmas.

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On the 5th, 6th and 7th days of Sitcoms

Some days get busy.  Other days I just get forgetful.  I will not say which of these occurred the past couple days, but I will absolutely lump all three of these days into one catch-up-blog-post!

On the 5th day of Sitcoms, my TV gave to me….

The Office – Christmas Wishes/Dwight Christmas
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Christmas Wishes is a fantastic Erin (aka Kelly, for those of you who remember that) episode.  Erin is one of the best characters, in my opinion, especially as the seasons went on.  She goes in a new direction in this episode, which is really fun to watch.  Dwight Christmas is also a great Erin episode, for all of the Erin/Pete fans out there.  The way they brought everything full circle from Jim/Pam to Pete/Erin is so cool to watch, too.  This episode is also a great one to watch because of the chemistry between Dwight and Jim.
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On the 6th day of Sitcoms, my TV gave to me….

New Girl – The 23rd
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First of the New Girl holiday episodes, the 23rd captures all the awkwardness of the holidays with one of my favorite lines from the show (“What are you doing in [the bathroom]?” “Eating cookies and avoiding confrontation.”).  If you’re a fan of the show, it’s a nice refresher to go back and watch this episode.  It’s got all of the fun of New Girl without the corniness that has grown over the seasons.

BONUS: LAXmas
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I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this episode.  Billy Eichner is always a great bonus.
Bonus bonus: “THIS IS MY NIGHTMARE.”

On the 7th day of Sitcoms, my TV gave to me…

The Mindy Project – Christmas Party Sex Trap
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When I reread the plot, I didn’t remember this episode being anything special.  When I rewatched it, I thought it was completely hilarious.  Mindy Kaling is brilliant with one-liners and timing.  I adore her writing and acting; I think she’s phenomenal.  A plot summary or my nice words don’t really do this episode justice.

BONUS: Christmas

2014’s holiday episode was also really good, but I didn’t like how little it focused on Mindy as an actual person.  Still great though.


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55 Movies to Get You to Christmas – #55

Elf
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“I think you’re really beautiful and I feel really warm when I’m around you and my tongue swells up.  So… do you wanna eat food?”

 

    It’s been a wild ride counting down since Halloween, but alas we’ve reached our 55th movie: Elf.  
    There’s not much I can say about this movie other than I find it absolutely hilarious and I can still stand watching it, even though I’ve seen it too many times.  It’s so funny and quotable and sweet.  If nothing else, watch it to re-live that one time Zooey Deschanel was blonde and no one knew who she was! Fun times, you guys, have a merry Christmas and a happy holiday season and I hope it’s not too cold.

MERRY HAPPY!


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55 Movies to Get You to Christmas – #54

A Christmas Story
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“Aunt Clara had for years labored under the delusion that I was not only perpetually 4 years old, but also a girl.”

 

    Only two Christmas movies made the list of movies to get you to Christmas, and I’ve appropriately saved them for last.  There are so many Christmas specials on in between Thanksgiving and December 25th, stop motion animation, musicals, Dr. Seuss or Charles Schulz classics and all of those things that clash and clutter up the television primetime spots that are usually filled with new episodes of The Mindy Project, New Girl, and Parks and Recreation.  Needless to say, I get annoyed with Christmas-y things pretty easily.  A Christmas Story is one of the only Christmas specials from my childhood that I respect as a timeless classic embodying the Christmas spirit.
    One of my best friends lives in England, and it didn’t occur to me until a couple of days ago that she would have never seen this American classic.  I can’t even imagine – I grew up watching this around Christmastime.  My dad would guffaw and chortle and I would just sit back and wonder why it was so funny.  As I’ve grown up watching Ralphie, I’ve come to understand the humor and stress behind each bit of the movie, and I’ve been eternally thankful that my mother didn’t take me to go see Santa Claus in the mall because until a few years ago, I genuinely thought mall Santa and his mall elves were that terrifying (fun fact: I’ve never believed in Santa).
    This movie is weird, fun, and a Christmas classic.  If you haven’t seen it, you should, and you can always catch it on TBS about a thousand times before New Years Eve.