Ali discusses the Christmas specials of South Park, starting with the two animated short films that led to the series, The Spirit of Christmas: Jesus vs. Frosty (1992) and The Spirit of Christmas: Jesus vs. Santa (1995), followed by all of the classic Christmas episodes from the show: “Mr. Hankey, the Christmas Poo” (season 1), “Merry Christmas, Charlie Manson!” (season 2), “Mr. Hankey’s Christmas Classics” (season 3), “A Very Crappy Christmas” (season 4), “Red Sleigh Down” (season 6), “It’s Christmas in Canada” (season 7) and “Woodland Critter Christmas” (season 8).
Ali discusses the beloved Christmas special based on the song of the same name, Frosty the Snowman, sharing her favorite moments and why it still makes her emotional every year.
Ali discusses the short story, “The Gift of the Magi,” by O. Henry, highlighting the true act of selflessness despite the irony in this well-known Christmas tale.
Ali discusses the famous novella by Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol. She reads passages and talks about how its timeless message warrants its many adaptations.
Ali discusses the first original animated Peanuts special, A Charlie Brown Christmas, written by Charles Schulz. She shares some interesting facts about the special and cites all the moments that make it so iconic.
Ali discusses the animated Christmas special based on the book of the same name, Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! She shares her favorite moments and cites some lyrics from the classic song, “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch.”
Ali discusses the beloved Christmas comedy film, Elf, sharing her favorite quotes and a few fun facts along the way while emphasizing the joyful spirit that makes this a fun movie to enjoy all year round.