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Vlogmas Day 13 – Referenced Christmas Video List

So this is clearly not exhaustive. But this is my list that I use every year (adding to it all the time!) to pick the shows I watch. I presented it on our vlog here:

Most of the shows are TV episodes, and they include the showname, the season and episode (the last two digits are the episode number, and first 1 or 2 digits are the season. Enjoy! .

30 Rock-209-Ludachristmas
30 Rock-306-Christmas Special
30 Rock-408-Secret Santa
30 Rock-510-Christmas Attack Zone

3rd Rock-212-Jolly Old St Dick

8 Simple Rules-112-All I Want For Christmas

According to Jim-110_An According to Jiminy Christmas
According to Jim-210_The Christmas Party
According to Jim-313_Secret Santa
According to Jim-410_Stalking Santa
According to Jim-511_The Gift of Maggie
According to Jim-805_Two For the Money

American Housewife-109-Krampus Katie
American Housewife-210-Blue Christmas
American Housewife-310-Saving Christmas
American Housewife-410-Bromance Before Christmas

Barney Miller-512 – Toys

Big Bang-0211-Bath Gift Item Hypotheses
Big Bang-0311-Maternal Congruence
Big Bang-0611-Santa Simulation
Big Bang-0711-Cooper Extraction
Big Bang-0811-Clean Room Extraction
Big Bang-1012-Holiday Summation
Big Bang-1111-The Celebration Reverberation (Weak)

Blackadder-307-Blackadder Christmas Carol

Bob-112 A Christmas Story
Bob-207 Have Yourself a Married Little Christmas

Bob Newhart-114 -His Biggest Season
Bob Newhart-215-I am Dreaming of a Slight Christmas
Bob Newhart-315-Home is Where The Heart Is
Bob Newhart-415-Bob Tonsils Out Christmas
Bob Newhart-513-Making Up Is the Thing To Do
Bob Newhart-612-Twas the Pie Before Christmas

Brooklyn 99-111-Christmas
Brooklyn 99-210-Pontiac Bandit Returns
Brooklyn 99-310-Yippie Kayak
Brooklyn 99-410-Captain Latvia

Bugs Bunny-Looney Christmas Tales

Cheers-112-Spy Who Came In For a Cold One

Christmas Vacation (Movie)

Community-111-Comparative Religion
Community-211-Abed’s Uncontrollable Christmas
Community-310-Regional Holiday Music
Community-410-Intro to Knots

Corner Gas-313-Merry Gasmas

Cristela-109-It’s Not About The Tamales

Dave’s World-113-I Saw Mommy Kicking Santa Claus Pt 1
Dave’s World-114-I Saw Mommy Kicking Santa Claus Pt 2

Dennis the Menace-111-The Christmas Story
Dennis The Menace-212-The Christmas Horse
Dennis The Menace-312-The Fifteen Foot Christmas Tree

Die Hard (Movie)
Die Hard 2 (Movie)

Disney Cartoon_Pluto’s Christmas Tree
Disney Cartoon_Polar Trappers
Disney Cartoon_The Art of Skiing
Disney Cartoon_Toy Tinkers

Dobie Gillis-12-Deck the Halls
Dobie Gillis-209-Jangle Bells

Dragnet (First Series)-207-22 Rifle For Christmas
Dragnet (First Series)-317-The Big Little Jesus

Dragnet (Later Series)-215-The Christmas Story

Drew Carey-109_Drew and Mrs Louder
Drew Carey-112_Isomers Have Distinct Characteristic

Elf (Movie)

Everybody Loves Raymond-112_The Ball
Everybody Loves Raymond-212_All I Want For Christmas
Everybody Loves Raymond-312_The Toaster
Everybody Loves Raymond-411_The Christmas Picture
Everybody Loves Raymond-511_Christmas Presents
Everybody Loves Raymond-612_Seasons Greetings
Everybody Loves Raymond-711_The Thought That Counts
Everybody Loves Raymond-810_Jazz Records

Father Knows Best – 112 -The Christmas Story

Flintstones Christmas Carol
Flintstones Flintstones Family Christmas
Flintstones (Christmas Flintstone)

Frasier-0112-Miracle On Third or Fourth Street
Frasier-0309-Frasier Grinch
Frasier-0509-Perspectives on Christmas
Frasier-0610-Merry Christmas Mrs Moskowitz
Frasier-0711-Flight Before Christmas
Frasier-0808-Mary Christmas
Frasier-1010-We Two Kings
Frasier-1111-High Holidays

Friends-0209_The One with Phoebe’s Dad
Friends-0310_The One Where Rachel Quits
Friends-0410_The One with the Girl from Poughkeepsie
Friends-0510_The One With The Inappropriate Sister
Friends-0610_The One With The Routine
Friends-0709_The One With All The Candy
Friends-0710_The One With The Holiday Armadillo
Friends-0811_The One With The Creepy Holiday Card
Friends-0910_The One With Christmas In Tulsa
Frosty the Snowman

Futurama-204_Xmas Story
Futurama-303 A Tale of Two Santas (Hulu 402)
Futurama-613 Holiday Spectacular (Hulu 713)

Gillian’s Island-112-Birds Gotta Fly, Fish Gotta Talk

Goldbergs-110-Kara Te
Goldbergs-310-A Christmas Story
Goldbergs-410-Han Ukkah Solo
Goldbergs-510-We Didn’t Start the Fire
Goldbergs-610-Yippee Ki Yay Melon Farmer
Goldbergs-710-It’s a Wonderful Life

Goode Life-(special) Silly But It’s Fun

Green Acres -203-Old Fashioned Christmas

Gremlins (Movie)

Grounded For Life-207-I Saw Daddy Hitting Santa Claus (peacock)

Happy Days-211-Guess Who’s Coming to Christmas Dinner

Happy Endings-209-Grinches Be Crazy
Happy Endings-307-No Ho Ho

Hazel-112-Hazels Christmas Shopping

Holiday Inn (Movie)

Home Improvement – 112 – Yule Better Watch Out

How I Met Your Mother-0211_How Lily Stole Christmas
How I Met Your Mother-0411 Little Minnesota
How I Met Your Mother-0612_False Positive
How I Met Your Mother-0712 Symphony of Illumination

How the Grinch Store Christmas (Special)
How the Grinch Store Christmas (Movie 2018)

How to Train Your Dragon Homecoming

I Love Lucy-611-Christmas Episode

Ice Age – A Mammoth Christmas (Special)

Kids are Alright-108-Christmas 1972

King of Queens-111-Noel Cowards
King of Queens-212_Net Prophets
King of Queens-311_Better Camera
King of Queens-412_Ovary Action
King of Queens-511_Mentalo Case
King of Queens-611_Santa Clausetrophobia
King of Queens-707-Silent Mite
King of Queens-811_Baker’s Doesn’t

Last Man Standing-110 Last Christmas Standing
Last Man Standing-207 Putting a Hit On Christmas
Last Man Standing-311 Elfie
Last Man Standing-411 Wedding Planning
Last Man Standing-511 Gift of the Wise Man
Last Man Standing-611 My Name Is Rob
Last Man Standing-709-The Gift of the Mike Guy

Life In Pieces-111-College Stealing Santa Caroling
Life in Pieces-308-12 Shorts of Christmas

Lucy Show-113-Together For Christmas

Mad About You 111 Met Someone

Man With A Plan – 107 – Winter has come

Malcolm in the Middle-307-Christmas
Malcolm In The Middle-507-Christmas Trees
Malcolm in the Middle-606-Hal’s Christmas Gift

Married With Children-0213_You’d Better Watch Out
Married With Children-0411_Its a Bundyful Life, Part I
Married With Children-0412_Its a Bundyful Life, Part II
Married With Children-0712_Christmas
Married With Children-0813_The Worst Noel
Married With Children-1013_I Can’t Believe It’s Butter
Married With Children-1108_God Help Ye Merry Bundy Men

Mary Tyler Moore – 114 – Christmas and the Hard Luck Kid
Mary Tyler Moore – 509 – Not a Christmas Story

Mash-0112-Dear Dad
Mash-0715-Dear Sis
Mash-0905-Death Takes a Holiday
Mash-1009-‘Twas the Day After Christmas

Merry Madagascar (Special)

Mickey Mouse Duck the Halls (Special)

Mickey’s Christmas Carol (Movie)

Middle-110_Christmas (MP4)
Middle-210_Simple Christmas (MP4)i
Middle-310_A Christmas Gift (Amazon)
Middle-408_Christmas Help (Amazon)
Middle-509_Christmas Tree (Amazon)
Middle-609_The Christmas Wall (Amazon)
Middle-710 Not So Silent Night (Amazon)
Middle-809 A Very Marry Christmas (Amazon)
Middle-910-Christmas Miracle

Mike and Molly-112-First Christmas
Mike and Molly-211-Christmas Break
Mike and Molly-310-Karaoke Christmas
Mike and Molly-503-Tis the Season to Be Molly

Miracle on 34th Street (Movie) (Many iterations, original is best!)

Miranda-206-The Perfect Christmas
Miranda-301-The Perfect Panning

Modern Family-0111-Undeck the Halls
Modern Family-0310-Express Christmas
Modern Family-0510-The Old Man and the Tree
Modern Family-0709-White Christmas
Modern Family-0809-Snow Ball
Modern Family-1010-Stuck In a Moment
Modern Family-1111-Last Christmas

Mork and Mindy-112-Mork’s First Christmas

Mr Bean-107-Merry Christmas Mr Bean

Muppet Christmas Carol (Movie)
Muppets Letters to Santa (Special)

My Names Is Earl-110-White Lie Christmas

Naked Truth-112-Sewer Gators, Swordplay, and a Santa from Hell

Newhart-109 No Room at the Inn

NewsRadio-210_Xmas Story
NewsRadio-408_Stupid Holiday Charity Talent Show

Noelle (Movie)

Office-210-Christmas Party
Office-310-Benihana Christmas
Office-511-Moroccan Christmas
Office-711-Classy Christmas
Office-712-Classy Christmas Pt 2
Office-810-Secret Santa
Office-909-Dwight Christmas

Olaf’s Frozen Adventure (Special)

Olive the Other Reindeer (Special)

Peanuts—Charlie Brown Christmas(Special)
Peanuts-Christmas Tales (Special)
Peanuts–I want a Dog for Christmas (Special)
Peanuts—It’s Christmastime Again (Special)

Madagascar Penguin’s – A Christmas Caper (Special)

Prep and Landing (Special)
Prep and Landing Naughty or Nice (Special)

Raising Hope-310-The last Christmas
Raising Hope-409-The chance Who Stole Christmas

Rodney-110-Its Up Its Good

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

Santa Claus is Coming to Town (Special)

Schooled-210-Beanie Babies

Scrooged (Movie)

Seinfeld-311-The Red Dot
Seinfeld-610-The Race
Seinfeld-710-The Gum
Seinfeld-910-The Strike

Served-309-Christmas Crackers
Served-409-Father Christmas Affair

Shrek the Halls (Special)

Single Parents-110-Magic Box
Single Parents-210-Good Holidays to You

Simpsons-0101-Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire
Simpsons-0711-Marge Be Not Proud
Simpsons-0910-Miracle on Evergreen Terrace
Simpsons-1109-Grift of the Magi
Simpsons-1306-She Of Little Faith

Speechless-210-Silent Night
Speechless-308-Jingle thon

Star Wars Holiday Special (Find on Youtube… Seriously awful!)

Superstore-307-Christmas Eve

That Girl-215-‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

That 70s Show-112 best Christmas Ever
That 70s Show-309 Hyde’s Christmas Rager
That 70s Show-412 An Eric Foreman Christmas
That 70s Show-607 Christmas
That 70s Show-711 Winter

The Nanny-109-The Christmas Show

The Neighbors-109-Merry Crapmess
The Neighbors-211-Christmas Story

The Nanny-610-The Hanukkah Show

Thin Blue Line-107-Yuletide Spirit

Toy Story Time Forgot (Special)

Trophy Wife – 110 – Twas The Night Before Christmas or Twas it?

Twas the night before Christmas

Two Guys and a Girl-212-And a Christmas Story

Wakko’s Wish (Special)

White Christmas (Movie)

Wings-211-A Terminal Christmas
Wings-410-The customer’s Usually Right
Wings-511-Happy Holidays
Wings-710-Twas the Heist Before Christmas
Wings-811-All About Christmas Eve

Yes Dear-111-All I want For Christmas is My Dead Uncle’s Cash
Yes Dear-211-A Complicated Plot

Blogs, Travel, Vacation, Walt Disney World

Breaking Our Disney Break

Disney and I have been on a break…well not exactly…but sort of. @DisneyPicADay and I have been DVC Members and Season Passholders for many years. We typically visit Walt Disney World three (and sometimes more) times a year. January or February for our anniversary, the fall for the Not So Scary Party, and then we fit one other visit in sometime. (It used to be May for Star Wars Weekend…play sad music here for a moment of silence and then go watch our Figments In Time episode on SWW)

Obviously, there were several months last year when no one could visit because the pandemic closed the parks…but that is not the break that I am referring to as we actually went for Christmas last December…no, we had to take a break this year because of some personal health issues.

A long time ago Walt Disney World became our favorite place to vacation – there were a lot of reasons. The first and most important reason is because @DisneyPicADay is addicted to roller coasters (editors note: all thrill rides!). Disney was one location where he could ride every attraction. Another reason was that it was the one place we could actually disconnect and just have ridiculous fun. We both had very intense jobs (and side jobs!), and before we found Disney, no matter where we went on vacation, we found ourselves working. At Walt Disney World we did not check our email or look at the news – we just had fun.

Over time, Disney also because the place for me to make decisions and decompress when life was difficult. Walking all day, looking at the amazing scenery, laughing, riding thrill rides…it cleared my brain, helped me process, and gave me time to think. I do some of my best thinking while at a Disney Park.

We have had a lot happen over this past year…really over the past few years. I have missed my thinking spot…my get away from everything and process spot. I know people don’t understand why adults love Disney – but quite honestly everyone really needs to just be kid and have fun sometimes. I am looking forward to reuniting with my happy place.

Due to my health issues from this year, I will become close friends with a scooter…and hang out at the resort way more than usual…but I am super excited about it. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate my birthday! Plus, I get to see Happily Every After fade off into the happily ever after… happiness mixed with sadness mixed with happiness!


ValPalMickey: How Disney has Broken My Heart (or at least ruined my Happily Ever After…)

Ok…so maybe that title is a little dramatic, but it is the way I am feeling at the moment. I have a lot of Walt Disney World attractions that are very important to me that I would never want to lose (I am looking at you Haunted Mansion!) but shows, especially fireworks shows, are not typically on this list. I understand stage productions can become stale or dated over time and they need to be refreshed. And honestly, some things can run for too long. So, I will typically try to visit one last time to bid a show a fond farewell and look back on pictures fondly.

I was not a huge fan of Wishes and I totally understand that I just lost many of you with that statement. It was a great show, but because of some silliness from my husband, I really struggled with the music, and I didn’t love waiting for it. We had just seen it so many times that we often just worked hard to be on Big Thunder Mountain or Splash Mountain for a special view of the fireworks. I didn’t like to wait in front of the castle, with a sea of people for Wishes – so I was excited to hear we would receive a new nighttime spectacular.

I thought I might enjoy Happily Ever After and watch it occasionally, but I was not prepared for what I experienced the first time I saw this show. There was something uniquely special about this production. It is not just that the projections are amazing, which they are incredibly so, or that the fireworks are timed well…they are, it is something else. The music…the music is incredibly emotional…unlike any other fireworks show I have seen. Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular has an incredible score with music that we are familiar with…that reaches the fans nostalgia. (And I do love that show.) However, Happily Ever After uses its music in a more unique way to tug at our heartstrings. They utilize songs that we are familiar with (some more than others) but in an incredible arrangement that utilizes versions of songs that I have never heard in another setting.

Bear with me, I am going to make another controversial statement – I am not a huge Tinkerbell fan. I know…now you really hate me. (When I was a kid, I thought she was too mean to Wendy, and it just stuck with me…but I digress.) When Tinkerbell took flight in Wishes I thought it was really cool, but it didn’t strike me that much in the feels – it was early in the show. I remember watching Happily Ever After the first time and thinking…oh something must be wrong tonight and Tink is not flying. But then…when she took off from the castle…I started crying. The timing is spectacular… when Tinkerbell makes her flight…it is just perfect. I have never cried so much in a show with fireworks – not in all of these years of visiting the parks. (Even seeing Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular was amazing, but I did not burst out into hysteric tears.) Happily Ever After became a must do for me. I would gladly wait in the heat, with a crowd, to get a great view.

I say all of this to say – Happily Ever After is going away too soon. We were not ready…we didn’t have enough time. I know the pandemic kept us from visiting as much over the last couple of years, but I don’t think more viewings would change my feelings of loss right now. I am not angry, and I do not hold it against Disney because I am sure they have their reasons…but I have a request. Walt Disney World…please at least give me an official soundtrack.


DisneyPicADay: Why I am Glad Happily Ever After is Ending

This is my first attempt at writing a blog with a clickbait title. I expect on that aspect it will fail to take me to the viral levels of most clickbait (I suppose I could have said “Why I am Glad a Disney World Attraction is ending” so you wouldn’t know what I meant until you clicked, but I am new at this. Keeping with the clickbait tradition, I will reveal my reasoning at the end of the blog, but I won’t make you read two pages of text explaining to you what Happily Ever After is, WaltDisneyWorld.Com will do that for you just nicely.

I read a lot of people who Happily Ever After for various reasons. The music, the magic, the wonderful fireworks, or even a personal attachment. A good friend was proposed to during this show. That is a strong attachment. It was one of my grandaugther’s favorite memories from her first trip to Walt Disney World (okay, it was second next to the dessert party we went to first.) There are tons of amazing memories of this show out there. I personally love the show very much, and largely use pictures from the show in my sorta weekly #FollowFriday posts.

On #Distwitter and various YouTube channels, back room Discords, and probably around the water cooler in the Utilidors (has anyone actually worked at a place that had a water cooler that you stood around talking?), comparing “Happily Ever After” to “Wishes” to “Fantasy in the Sky” and other nighttime spectaculars. If you want to listen to one such debate, check out episode 160 of our Monorail loving friends at the Morning Monorail.

On that episode of the Morning Monorail podcast, my answer was read and I liked Wishes better, but that is not why I am glad to see Happily Ever After ending, I don’t even want Wishes to come back. I clearly love the visuals because for something that you have to wait an hour or more for that only happens once a day, I have a lot of pictures of it (and have spent a decent amount of money on dessert parties and camera equipment to get better views and pictures of it too!)

I did slightly prefer when the projection show was distinct from the fireworks, but that is a minor quibble. No, the one reason I am happy it is going away is for the simple reason that I want more memories. I love the familiarity of going to a theme park and seeing the same sights, hearing the same sounds, smelling the same smells, riding the same rides… But it is nice to get new sights, smells, rides too.

When I am scrolling through my pictures preparing for FollowFriday, I often hear the crescendo of the songs from “Wishes” and “Happily Ever After” in particular. I don’t remember the words of the songs, but I do remember “Star light, star bright… Wishes” and “Happily Ever After” (made all the easier since it is right there in the title). I selfishly want more memories to squirrel away in my brain.

As you can see here on Disney World’s website:

A crowd looks on as fireworks burst over Cinderella Castle and Main Street, U.S.A. is sprinkled with pixie dust
Credit Disney. Artist concept of new Enchanted show

I can’t wait to see this. And after the 18 months they tell us that the 50th celebration will go on, I look forward to the next spectacular “Enchanted”. After all… the title of the current show is more typically heard in the phrase “and they lived happily ever after” … at the end of the story… The memories of seeing this the first and last time will still be there without seeing it again.

And while watching fireworks on TV can’t compare to the real thing, if you need your memory refreshed… Disney already has that for you.

Happily Ever After on Youtube

Teacups In A Tempest

Three months ago, we wrote a blog entited “Should I Stay or Should I Go Now?” discussing the pros and cons of planning to go to a theme park like Disney World during the pandemic we are current in the midst of. It wasn’t an easy topic then, nor is it exactly an easy topic now. But for me, I have decided it is time to give it go, so Saturday, Septempber 20th, I will be on my way to Orlando for a week at Disney World and I am cautiously excited. Obviously there are reasons to be excited, I mean, it’s Disney Freaking World, right? I have a new camera, and I am truly excited to expand my picture inventory, especially catching some pictures of things that I don’t have nearly enough of (like my extreme lack of pictures of the teacups!)

I expect crowds to be rather low, especially since school is back in, and frankly the parks are only open 8 (AK and EP) or 9 (MK and HS) hours a day. It is rare that I spend that few hours in the parks in a day, unless something interesting is going on (like a certain meetup in January reduced one of our days, another trip it was illness, but usually I go at least 12 hours a day).

Obviously the title alludes to the saying “a tempest in a teacup” which means a small event blown way out of proportion. But this is clearly not that. It is a true tempest, something my wife and I take seriously. We canceled multiple trips before this because we were uncomfortable with the situation on our planet, most importantly Tennessee and Florida (and also somewhat Georgia, since I will drive through it from top to bottom getting to Florida.) This week felt like the best time to go, so we made our plans, and were both planning to get in the family truckster and head south before colder weather arrives and situations possibly change.

Unfortunately, I use the word I instead of we because non-Covid  things have gotten in the way for one of us, in that Valerie’s brother had a cardiac event recently, and she doesn’t want to risk being away and out in the world so soon. He has progressed past the fragile state (or I would cancel my trip), but is still a long way from OK. So we are planning a trip together  in November for Christmas décor.

As such, I will be lone wolfing it for the week. This is sad for us, but will also be a little fun too (and perhaps for any of you that want to help determine my fate.) The last time I went to Disney World without Val (she was furiously writing her dissertation for her doctorate!) she prepared missions for me. This week will be the same.  The last time we did this (chronicled here:, the hardest missions for me were the meet and greets. It is a very dorky feeling as an lone adult standing in line waiting to meet Sofia! And the picture bears out that dorkiness as you can see:

Some of the ideas she has had so far include:

  • Standing in front of the fountain outside of Imagination and singing “One Little Spark”
  • Pictures of obscure things
  • Livestreaming walks around some areas
  • Asking our Twitter followers for ideas

Yeah, that last one is the most concerning of them all!

Of course, like last time I was there by myself, I won’t be going to the Halloween party. This time for much different reasons. My schedule for the week is as follows.

  • Sunday 20 – EPCOT
  • Monday 21 – Hollywood Studios
  • Tuesday 22 – Magic Kingdom
  • Wednesday 23 – Animal Kingdom
  • Thursday 24 – Hollywood Studios (Considering changing to Animal Kingdom, depending on how Monday and Wednesday go)
  • Friday 25 – Magic Kingdom
  • Saturday 26 – EPCOT

The whole thing has me a bit concerned about how it will go, but from my experiences at Dollywood over the past few months, plus knowing how strongly Disney has been enforcing their rules, I feel confident that if I keep mostly outdoors that things will be just fine. I also understand the people who say that it isn’t time for them to go, it is complicated. I know this won’t be a normal trip as I will be spending almost all of my time outdoors except when going on a ride. This can be an interesting proposition in mid September Orlando as if I recall correctly, it can be a bit warm, but keeping safe is still very important. According to