5 Cartoon Christmas Specials To Add To Your Watch-List

5 Cartoon Christmas Specials To Add To Your Watch-List

"This Christmas Feels Like The Very First Christmas To Me"

Around Christmas time, most of our entertainment consumption becomes holiday orientated. Instead of binge-watching a show on Netflix, we search high and low for any sort of Christmas movie. Entertainment executives have certainly caught wind of this, as ABC Family's (I refuse to call it FreeForm) 25 Days of Christmas programming block clearly shows. However, despite all these options for Christmas entertainment, it never seems to be enough. That is where the Christmas specials of our childhood come in. Though most of us haven't watched these specials in years (mostly because they never seem to be on TV in anymore), they still make for some good obligatory Christmas entertainment. That is why we are gonna like five cartoon series' Christmas specials to check out over the holidays.

5. "Christmas Who?" (SpongeBob SquarePants)

Looking for a way to get the bizzareness that was the preview for the SpongeBob Broadway musical at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade out of your head? This Christmas special from our favorite sponge who lives in a pineapple under the sea is sure to do the trick. This special features our friends from Bikini Bottom preparing for their first ever Christmas. The episode is incredibly funny, and it has a catchy as hell song in it. If your're wishing for a great cartoon Christmas special, this one will grant it.

4. "Sabrina's Christmas Wish" (Bojack Horseman)

I know this is kinda cheating, since this list is supposed to look at specials from our childhoods, but I feel that this special is worth mentioning. This special features the ever nihilistic Bojack watching a Christmas special from his hit 90's sitcom Horsin' Around with his roommate Todd. The special is clearly a parody of the sitcom Christmas specials that rose to prominence in the 80's, but two things make this special work as well as it does. The first thing is the dynamic between Bojack and Todd. Todd's enthusiasm for the holidays is the perfect contrast to the ever bitter Bojack. I especially find Todd's defense of cheesy Christmas specials, with him claiming that such specials aren't traditions because good but rather good "because their traditions" hilarious. The other thing that makes this special work is Bojack as the sitcom father. Seeing Bojack as a Danny Tanner-esqe father figure is makes for perfect comedy when you know what a miserable piece of shit he usually is.

3. Billy & Mandy Save Christmas" (Grimm Adventures of Billy & Mandy)

Every time a special is named "X Saves Christmas", you know what story you're going to get. More often than not, the special will feature a dastardly villain trying to ruin Christmas (with a plan that usually involves Santa Claus), and the main characters trying to save the holiday. This special is pretty much the same, but since its a special from Billy & Mandy, you know that some weird stuff will happen. In this special, we see that Santa has been turned into a vampire, and the gang from Endsville has to cure him before Christmas time. As with most Billy & Mandy episodes, this special contains a cynical, out-there sense of humor that you don't often see in cartoons from its era. On top of that, the special features entertaining guest performances from Gilbert Gottfried as Santa and Malcom McDowell as a foppish vampire.

2. "Jingle, Jingle, Jangle" (Ed, Edd, n Eddy)

In this Christmas special from the beloved Cartoon Network series, our favorite trio of dorks from the Cul-De-Sac of Peach Creek try to spread the true meaning of Christmas. Let me rephrase that, this special features Ed and Double D trying to install the true meaning of Christmas into Eddy. For you see, Eddy found and opened his Christmas goods early, only to find out that he only got Christmas-themed clothes. Bitter at this revelation, Eddy tries to get members of the Cul-De-Sac to "adopt" him, so that he could steal their presents on Christmas morning; all while Ed and Double D try to show him to error of his ways. However, if you know anything about Eddy in this show, you know that both plans do not work out so well. This special is full of Christmas related humor, from Eddy pretending to be Jimmy's guardian angel in order to steal his gifts, to the Kanker Sisters going through a story arc that parodys the Biblical story of the Three Kings. However, the character that steals the show is Rolf, whose outright bizarre Christmas celebration makes for the best moment in the special.

1. "Woodland Critter Christmas" (South Park)

South Park has had several Christmas specials over its run, most of them revolving around the mythical Mr. Hankey The Christmas Poo. This special, however, goes in a bit of different direction. In this episode, Stan meets a group of animals in the forest, where one of them is going to give birth to their savior (yes, they go there). The animals ask Stan to kill a mountain lion nearby, who is ready to kill the mother. The rest of the story, I am not going to spoil. All I can say, since this is a South Park Christmas special, poor taste is certain. Every twist and turn in this special is so raunchy and so out of nowhere, that you can't help but laugh. The story is also told through a narrator (in a style much like the one from How The Grinch Stole Christmas), who also gets a hilarious reveal near the end. After watching this special, no matter where you live, you will be thankful that you don't celebrate Christmas in South Park.

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Remember Zero From 'Holes'? This Is Him NOW

"Mr. Slick Living"


"Holes" was one of my favorite Disney movies for a really long time. It came out in 2003 when I was about 5 years old. There aren't many actors from the movie that went on to stay in the public eye. Well, except for Shia LaBeouf. That man made several statements but even he disappears from the watchful eye of the media every now and then.

The actor from the movie that I have been most concerned with, however, is Khleo Thomas. I will admit, I had quite the crush on Khleo when he played young Hector Zeroni aka Zero in "Holes", despite him being a good ten years older than me. But I quickly lost track of him over the years.

So relatively recently I got on Instagram to do a quick search for him to see what he was up to. And, if I'm being honest, see if he was as cute as I remembered.

Low and behold, I did find Khleo Thomas and if anything he is more attractive than I remembered. Now, a quick reminder, we fell in love with him when he looked like this:


And now he looks like this:

Now, me finding him attractive aside, let's take a look at what he's been up to over the years. Even though he's been out of the public eye every once in a while does not mean he has not been busy.

Since playing Zero, Khleo Thomas has done a multitude of things. He has scored a few more acting roles in shows like "Bones" and "Sons of Anarchy". Khleo launched an R&B;/rap career. He has become a widely entertaining Instagram and social media personality aka Mr. Slick Living.

On top of all of that, Khleo has become a successful entrepreneur as well. Launching two clothing brands of his own and sprinkling in a little male modeling in his spare time. What doesn't he do?

Khleo has two successful clothing/merchandising brands by the names of "Goddesses Living Amongst Men" and "Slick Living Apparel". Both are founded on staying "aware" (Khleo has mentioned several times over on his IG about why he doesn't use the word "woke"). They also give vibes of staying true to who you are and presenting yourself as the goddesses or Awerewolves you are.

Much of Khleo's brand seems to be rooted in the fact that he is unapologetic about who he is, where he is from, and what he plans on doing with his platform. He makes hilariously honest videos on Instagram and isn't shy about taking a dance break, or several.

Fans of Khleo (aka Goddesses and Awarewolves) seem to love that he is so willing to launch discussions with them and actually respond. His blunt opinions and responses make him much more approachable to everyone that loves him and sets him apart from other celebrities in this day and age.

He seems very in touch with his audience and is honest about how he feels about himself and others. The whole point is to be truthful and be open. That's something that I can get behind in 2019.

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15 Thing Only Early 2000's Kids Will Understand

"Get connected for free, with education connection"


This is it early 2000's babies, a compilation finally made for you. This list is loaded with things that will make you swoon with nostalgia.

1. Not being accepted by the late 90's kids.


Contrary to what one may think, late 90's and early 00's kids had the same childhood, but whenever a 00's kid says they remember something on an "only 90's kids will understand" post they are ridiculed.

2. Fortune tellers.


Every day in elementary school you would whip one of these bad boys out of your desk, and proceed to tell all of your classmates what lifestyle they were going to live and who they were going to marry.



You could never read this book past 8 o'clock at night out of fear that your beloved pet rabbit would come after you.

4. Silly bands.


You vividly remember begging your parents to buy you $10 worth of cheap rubber bands that vaguely resembles the shape of an everyday object.

5. Parachutes.


The joy and excitement that washed over you whenever you saw the gym teacher pull out the huge rainbow parachute. The adrenaline that pumped through your veins whenever your gym teacher tells you the pull the chute under you and sit to make a huge "fort".

6. Putty Erasers


You always bought one whenever there was a school store.

7. iPod shuffle.


The smallest, least technological iPpd apple has made, made you the coolest kid at the bus stop.

8. "Education Connection"

You knew EVERY wood to the "Education Connection" commercials. Every. Single.Word.

9. " The Naked Brothers Band"


The "Naked Brothers Band" had a short run on Nickelodeon and wrote some absolute bangers including, "Crazy Car' and "I Don't Wanna Go To School"

10. Dance Dance Revolution


This one video game caused so many sibling, friend, and parent rivalries. This is also where you learned all of your super sick dance moves.

11. Tamagotchi


Going to school with fear of your Tamagotchi dying while you were away was your biggest worry.

12. Gym Scooters


You, or somebody you know most likely broke or jammed their finger on one of these bad boys, but it was worth it.

13. Scholastic book fairs


Begging your parents for money to buy a new book, and then actually spending it on pens, pencils, erasers, and posters.



Who knew that putting yogurt in a plastic tube made it taste so much better?

15. Slap Bracelets


Your school probably banned these for being "too dangerous".

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