The holidays are a time when we actively embrace our oldest and most enduring traditions. We sit down with our families and other loved ones (whether we want to or not), sip on some hot chocolate, and open presents. These customs have become ingrained in us, and for pop culture enthusiasts, there's one tradition that rises above the rest: watching all that sweet Christmas TV. When the holidays get going, there's nothing better than sitting down with a glass of eggnog (spiked or otherwise) and catching up with some sentimental favorites.

To help you get the most out of the season, we have compiled a list of holiday specials, TV episodes, and TV movies that are perfect to watch during this festive time of year. All of these titles are currently available on Netflix, so there's really no reason not to binge them with the whole family. Without further ado, let's get the ball rolling with an absolute classic from 1988...

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Pee-wee's Playhouse: Christmas Special

In the realm of Christmas specials, Pee-wee's Playhouse: Christmas Special is a rite of passage that all people should go through in order to properly celebrate the holidays during childhood. An absolutely wild and outlandish holiday tale, the special follows Pee-wee Herman as he hangs out with musicians like K.D. Lang and Lionel Ritchie (it's admittedly a bit dated on the celeb front) and grapples with ethical dilemmas when Santa Claus brings him too many presents. No such thing, Pee-wee. Thing! Ahhhhh! (That was the secret word.)

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