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It’s time to celebrate the Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanza/ Festivus Holiday season, so all around Cinema Blend we’re enjoying Twelve Days of Christmas. Yes, we know traditionally the “12 days” start with Christmas, but we plan on being celebrated out by that time, so we’re pushing the twelve days leading up to the holiday.

Here in Blend Television we’re celebrating by counting down our some of our all time favorite holiday episodes, in an effort to boost your Christmas spirit. These aren’t the 12 best out there by any means, just twelve of our favorites. Some of them you might enjoy like we do. Others you might want to check out for the first time. So without further ado:

On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…

Simpsons Roasting On An Open Fire

Why Fox doesn’t re-run this special every year, I’ll never know. Not only was Simpsons Roasting On An Open Fire an excellent Christmas special, but it was also the first Simpsons ever. Everything people would come to know and love from the family from Evergreen Terrace can be found in this one, from Homer’s schemes to Bart’s bad boy antics.

It all starts when Bart wants a tattoo to show his love for Marge. But Marge find out about Bart’s ink job, and pulls him out of the artists’ chair only half-done, leaving Bart with a heart on his arm with “MOTH” across. Marge then has to spend the family present money to get it removed. This leaded Homer to get a job as a department-store Santa, since the Mr. Burns didn’t give out Christmas bonuses. When the Santa gig only gets Homer thirteen bucks, he goes to the dog track with Barney to turn it into a fortune. When the dog they bet on (Santa’s Little Helper) loses and get tossed from the track, Bart and Homer rescues him, brings him home, and everyone is happy about their new present.

This episode was so popular that when The Simpsons began as a regular series, they didn’t have enough episodes; they re-ran this later in the year. It has many classic moments that fans of the show still recite. I know that everyone remembers singing “Jingle Bells, Batman Smells, Robin Laid An Egg….” as kids, but the Simpsons special is the first time I think it was acknowledged on TV. I also can’t sing “Rudolph” without thinking of Homer saying that Richard Nixon and Donna Dixon were two of Santa’s reindeer.

When this special first aired in the late 80s, no one really knew that The Simpsons would become the pop-culture phenomenon it has. But when you watch it again, you see that all the parts that made it such a great show were there in the first 22 minutes. I just wish Fox would treat it like the classic it is.