It’s the most wonderful time of the year! That is, time for TV shows to roll out a fresh batch of Christmas-themed episodes for our viewing pleasure. But which of the many Christmas episodes we’ve enjoyed over the years have stood the test of time to become a true holiday tradition? You tell us. We’ve ranked the most enduring Christmas episodes ever -- along with a few wild cards -- and placed them in a March Madness-style bracket. Over the next two weeks, we’re asking you to vote for your favorite episodes until we get a winner: the undisputed best Christmas episode of all time.
(3) The O.C., "The Best Chrismukkah Ever" (aired December 3, 2003)
Tree + candy canes + menorah equals Chrismukkah, "the greatest super-holiday known to mankind," according to Seth Cohen, the son of a Jew from the Bronx father and "WASPy McWASP" mother. Seth's complete commitment to the holiday was so endearing that, like Festivus on "Seinfeld," Chrismukkah became a real holiday fans of the show (and of the idea of a super-holiday) still celebrate today.
(14) Married … With Children, "It's a Bundyful Life" (aired December 17, 1989)
If Al Bundy is your George Bailey, then it makes perfect sense that raunchy comedian Sam Kinison (RIP) would be the guardian angel in this, the all-time best TV spin on "It's a Wonderful Life." Would Peg and the kids really be better off if hapless shoe salesman Al had never been born? Yeah, probably, but finding that out provided so many opportunities for classic Ed O'Neill/Kinison one-liners, as well as Al's conclusion that it's good he was born … for spite.
Which episode deserves to advance to the next round of Mistletoe Madness? Vote in the poll above, click here to see the full bracket and vote on other pairings (first-round voting ends Tuesday at 6 PM PT), tweet out your choices using the hashtag #MistletoeMadness, and hit the comments to tell us about all the great Christmas episodes we forgot to include.
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