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The Best 90s TV Christmas Specials

The 1990s were a golden age for television sitcoms. There were so many wonderful half hour TV shows that would become lifelong favourites. Once a show had been on air for a few seasons they were bound to have at least one Christmas special. We have dipped into our memory bank to look back on some of the best 90s TV Christmas Specials!

Roseanne: White Trash Christmas

Roseanne was such an amazing show with a fantastic cast. They had a number of Christmas specials over the years but our favourite is “White Trash Christmas”. The episode follows the Conner family after they receive a notice from the neighbourhood association asking them not to put up tacky decorations this year. Roseanne and Dan take this as a challenge and make their yard as tacky as possible!

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Festivus

If you find tinsel distracting, or if you are looking for a holiday that is a little . . . out there, Festivus might just be for you!

Festivus was created by Dan O’Keefe, a writer on the 90s sitcom Seinfeld, based on an actual holiday tradition celebrated by his family. Festivus – the holiday for the rest of us – was brought to life by the cantankerous character Frank Costanza in the Seinfeld holiday episode The Strike, which first aired December 18, 1997.

Many Christmases ago, I went to buy a doll for my son. I reached for the last one they had, but so did another man. As I rained blows upon him, I realized there had to be another way. – Frank Costanza 

Festivus travel mug
Frank Costanza-approved ceramic travel mug

For the Festivus newcomers out there, here are the basic practices:

Festivus begins by displaying an aluminum pole, “very high strength-to-weight ratio,” says Frank. As this is a non-religious and non-commercial holiday alternative the Festivus Pole need not be adorned with decoration.

Festivus Pole
Frank Costanza and his Festivus Pole

Your family and friends should then sit down for Festivus dinner, a meal featuring non-holiday comfort food. The moment dinner is served, the “Airing of Grievances” should begin. This is your opportunity to admit your rage, disappointment and frustration with your kin with no repercussions.

Airing of Grievances
Frank starts the Airing of Grievances ceremony

Immediately following dinner, the head of the family chooses one participant on which to test his or her strength. Festivus is not considered over until the head of the family has been pinned to the ground. The selected participant is allowed to decline the attempt to pin the head of the family – but only if they have something better to do instead . . . like visit RetroFestive.ca for Festivus finds!

Kramer declares a Festivus Miracle

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