Just as the ’90s loved velvet, chunky sweaters, and all-around winter wear, the ’90s also loved holiday-themed TV episodes. Seriously, though — there a lot of ‘em. Have we seen every single one? Of course not. How could we watch all that TV when we had hungry Tamagotchis to raise? (Just kidding-ish). So, we’re not here to subject you to a bold “best ’90s holiday episodes in existence” list. Instead, we’re going to take a trip down memory/Santa Claus lane to name ten ’90s-tastic holiday episodes that still resonate with us after all these years. Oh, and you know what else the ’90s loved? Old Navy, of course! Don’t forget — our pals at Old Navy are giving away a whopping $10,000 to the creator of the best holiday display, and $2500 to two runners up. So, between now and December 9th, submit a photo of your over-the-top decorations here and let Internet voters work their magic. Feel free to take some holiday display tips from the following ’90s TV specials. Christmas garbage trees à la Pete and Pete, anyone?
Seinfeld – “The Strike”
The 1997 Seinfeld episode, “The Strike,” is responsible for Festivus, and for that we are forever grateful. For the few who are unfamiliar, December 23rd is a Festivus for the rest of us. Every year since this monumental episode, families worldwide have erected their aluminum Festivus poles, gathered around their Festivus feasts, and shared the reasons why they are disappointed in one another. This customary “Airing of Grievances” is followed by the “Feats of Strength” — Festivus can only end once the head of the household has been wrestled and pinned to the floor, naturally.