'Rocko's Modern Christmas'

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One of my favorite parts of any holiday are the TV specials that go along with it, and Christmas is no exception.

When it comes to Christmas specials on TV, a few classics immediately spring to everyone’s minds: "A Charlie Brown Christmas" and "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," that kind of thing.

But it seems that every cartoon tries to get into the holiday spirit and have a Christmas-themed episode of their own. As someone who loves cartoons, here are some shows I’ll be turning to in the next couple of weeks for a bit of holiday cheer.

"The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy: Billy & Mandy Save Christmas"

When Billy finds out that the Santa Claus at the mall is just one of his neighbors, he takes his friends Mandy and the grim reaper on a trip to find the real Santa Claus. When they get there, they find out that Christmas is in danger on account of Santa being bit by a vampire. The trio has to find the head vampire to return him to normal and save Christmas.

"Rocko’s Modern Life: Rocko’s Modern Christmas"

Rocko is throwing a Christmas party and invites everyone over, including a bunch of elves he ran into at the mall. Rocko’s neighbor, Ed Bighead, is angry about the party and the elves, and so starts to spread the rumor that they cause foot fungus, leaving Rocko’s party deserted that night. It’s up to one shy elf to set the record straight and bring back the holiday spirit.

"Danny Phantom: The Fright Before Christmas"

Danny Phantom isn’t big into Christmas thanks to his parents squabbling every year on the existence of Santa Claus. He’s all the more annoyed when the Ghost Writer traps Danny in a rhyming Christmas story. He can only escape the narrative once he’s learned his lesson and accepted his family's quirks.

"Hey Arnold: Arnold’s Christmas"

It’s Christmastime at Arnold’s grandparents’ boarding house. For the annual Secret Santa, Arnold winds up with Mr. Hyunh’s name, and he wants it to be the most special Christmas for the tenant.

So, Arnold goes on a journey to find Mr. Hyunh’s long-lost daughter, who was separated from him during the evacuation of South Vietnamese citizens at the end of the Vietnam War.


"Spongebob: Christmas Who?"

Spongebob has not one, but two Christmas specials, but the first one is superior.


Spongebob and Patrick ready Bikini Bottom for its very first Christmas, and they hype the town’s citizens for the arrival of Santa Claus. When Santa winds up being a no-show, angering the eager crowd and devastating Spongebob, Squidward cheers up his annoying little neighbor by pretending to be Santa.