Top 12 Greatest Christmas Specials

(350 votes, average 4.89 out of 5)
Comments (473)
  • CauTioN
    nice review :D
  • Tehtrekd  - it's not a review!
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    it's not a review, it's a top 12, theres a difference, dillweed!
  • WerewolfRiver
    How can the movie "It's a Wonderful Life" NOT be number one?
  • GuitarKid
    Nice opening. "Hello I'm the nostalgia critic I remember it-CHRISTMAS!!!!!"
  • LuKaZ
    HAHA..HELLO IM THE CHRISTMASSSS
  • TheGuy54  - ...
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    4th! This review rocks! Merry Christmas nc!!!
  • joneau261
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    Simply brilliant! It's one thing to know these Christmas specials, but it's another to capture the essence of what captures the essence of these Christmas specials... whatever that meant.

    Another great video, and it being the Top 12 just adds a nice bonus. Merry Christmas to you guys, too. Now I have a few Christmas specials to get out to rent
  • kingpin306
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    No Disneylands From All of Us to All of You (1977)?
    It is a christmas classic
  • Bipthefool
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    "Put a bullet in your head and call it macaroni." Thats a great line and I have no idea what it means.
    Also thank you for including the original Grinch and not the remake. The Grinch and It's a Wonderful Life and Charlie Brown are Christmas.

    Another great review.
  • MatsuJun  - re:
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    [quote=Bipthefool]"Put a bullet in your head and call it macaroni." Thats a great line and I have no idea what it means.
    Also thank you for including the original Grinch and not the remake. The Grinch and It's a Wonderful Life and Charlie Brown are Christmas.

    Another great review. [/quote]

    "Put a bullet in your head and call it macaroni." is a parody of "Stuck a feather in his hat and called it macaroni." which originally referred to dandies. (today they would be called metrosexuals)
  • NOTYETUSEDNAME
    I think it's a play on words joke on the line from "Yankee Doodle"
    "Stuck a feather in his cap and called it macaroni"
    I agree with you that this was a great review. Peace
  • Toastopia
    Hello What about Nightmare Before Christmas, plus Christmas Carol bit was missing the best version of the story Scrooged with Bill Murray
  • ChaosD1
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    I love those extended pause takes when the tree speaks.

    I was totally not expecting to see "Woodland Critter Christmas" on this list. Interesting and fairly obscure picks in the first half. Of course, we ALL knew what number one was.
  • melguy1
    nooo, "A Christmas storie" is not a good movie. AT ALL.
    south park shouldnt be in this list AT ALL.
    but other then that, I agree with the picks.
  • freemonty  - Is Nighmare Before Christmass a Christmass movie o
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    That stuffed dog at the end- you made me smile! DIE, STOCKING STUFFER! ;D

    Also, what the title says. Other then that, great list!
  • abortedjesus  - How about a different top 12
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    How about a top 12 real Christmas movies, with films like 'The Ref' and 'Bad Santa'. You know ones about the real Christmas feelings, not the fuzzy bullshit that people pile on it.
  • Lucia32
    "You know ones about the real Christmas feelings, not the fuzzy bullshit that people pile on it. "

    Those are YOUR feelings about the holiday. Most others actually enjoy the time with their family and sharing the love of the season.

    Just because you are bitter and angry, doesn't mean the rest of the world is. So smile!
  • nightinferno
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    This was simply brilliant, loved every second of it and I agree with many of the choices. Yet another fantastic video.

    Merry Christmas everybody!
  • ThatGuyInTheHeadband
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    Nice top 12 list, all of my favourates were on it. I also like how annoyed you get at those novilty singing Christmas thing (they do get annoying >:( ).

    Merry Christmas, Nostalgia Critic. And Happy Holidays, all who visit this site.
  • Muratsuki  - You missed a Christmas Carol!
    First of all, the Disney Christmas Carol sucked. I saw it when I was five and pointed out that the Ghost of Christmas Past shouldn't talk, and then suddenly, HE DID. I was PISSED. ><

    Also, you missed one of my favorite versions of A Christmas Carol, the Mr. Magoo Christmas Carol. It's both hilarious and heartwarming, and one of my favorites since before I can even remember, since it's one of my mom's favorites that I've watched every year for the past God knows how long. I don't see how you could've missed it though! It's a classic!
  • RAGECANDYBAR
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    Umm...Excuse me. The Ghost of Christmas Past ALWAYS talks. Haven't you read the book?
    Perhaps you meant to say 'The Ghost of Christmas Yet To Come/Future.' THERE'S A DIFFERENCE.
  • Zimmie187  - yet again
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    Great list, dead on the money. Although it's too bad "KISS saves santa" didn't make the list lol. Oh well, entertaining and hilarious in your usual antics
  • Commander Fun
    Like ChaosD1, I definitely wasn't expecting South Park's Woodland Critter Christmas to be on the list, but but very happy to see it. Quite possibly my favorite South Park episode of all time, and one of my favorite Christmas specials. It was just so unbelievably sick and twisted that I couldn't help but love it.
  • BBQ Platypus
    Man, I LOVED "Woodland Critter Christmas!"
  • ScattySafari
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    Woodland Critter Xmas is actually a parody of 2 'classics'- John Denver/Muppet Xmas special and Emmet Otter's Jugband Xmas.(Listen to the singing and it's obviously supposed to be Denver.) Parker and Stone admitted this in their interviews.So that makes it even funnier!
  • SideSmash  - Great!
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    But, most of the specials were movies, but my picks came back to back, so whatever.:)
  • Erinaceus  - I Noticed With All Your "A Christmas Carol" Clips.
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    You left out Bill Murray's "Scrooged". Sure, it's not a straight-up adaptation like the others, but I really liked it. Murray made it funny, and in my opinion it successfully modernized the Charles Dickens classic.

    And I once [i]was[/i] tempted to lick a flagpole, until the Mythbusters confirmed your tongue freezes to it. However, if memory serves me correct they failed to cover how to successfully remove one's tongue once it gets stuck... maybe that's for a future special...
  • TheDramaticMonarch
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    Aww, a giddy Nostalgia Critic is so incredibly infectious that, combined with all those Christmas shows, I couldn't stop smiling for all 20 minutes.

    Color me shocked that "How The Grinch Stole Christmas" wasn't #1...but I'm still quite satisfied with "A Christmas Story" taking that slot (it's a shame I'm the only person in my family that loves that movie). I was also stupidly giddy to see "Merry Christmas, Mr. Bean" make it on the list. That one's always been one of my "must-watch" shows around this time of year. There will never be a time when Bean's "re-enacment" of the manger scene is not hysterically funny.

    So yeah, I'm filled up with warm, lovely, fuzzy feelings now thanks to this video.

    Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays/Season's Greetings, everybody! 8) ;D
  • Jakobi  - Great list!!!
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    I really do like the Ron Howard remake of the Grinch but yes the animated video is so much better! A Christmas Deserves to be #1 and i am glad you feel the same way. great video and Merry Christmas Everyon!!!
  • Dooickouski  - Prediction
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    Ok before i even watch this i predict that the original A Christmas Carol will probably be in there and most likely #1.
  • DatFunnyGuy  - Yup...
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    Your Definitely Right on the Best!
  • JokingJames2  - What about....
    What about die hard? It captures the true essence of christmas, by which I mean guns and explosions!
  • Kimmy
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    OMG The Small One!!! I had the picture book when I was a kid and the Tanner scared the BEJEEZUZ out of me!!! A Christmas Story made me have nightmares when I was little, so I can't agree with that one personally, but I know lots of people love it. MERRY CHRISTMAS DOUG, and Happy New Year too :D
  • animerocksautistic
    Putting in the South Park special was very surprising (Because it's probably one of the rarest post 2000 events you've mentioned.) but a good countdown. Bonus points for Mr Bean!

    I especially like that freakout at the beginning "CHRISTMAS! CHRISTMAS CHRISTMAS CHRISTMAS!"

    Happy holidays, NC!
  • Rare Addict
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    Though my personal favorite Christmas special would have to be The Nightmare Before Christmas, those are some pretty great picks, Doug. I was a bit surprised to see South Park on the list, but it certainly is a hilarious episode.

    Happy Holidays, folks!
  • NitrousX  - Merry Christmas
    Merry Christmas to you all!!!! :-*
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