This time of the year is filled with various holiday traditions. There's meals to share, treats to bake, presents to buy---and, of course, an endless list of holiday specials to watch. Everyone has their select favorites. But what about us Supernatural fans? After all, our show is a horror/sci-fi/fantasy show. It's not exactly tailored to the Christmas special market. But that doesn't mean we should despair! After all, we do have our one lone episode: “A Very Supernatural Christmas.”

In the honor of the song “12 Days of Christmas,” here are 12 very good reasons to make this episode a part of your Christmas special watching list.

The First Reason to Have “A Very Supernatural Christmas”

The villains in “A Very Supernatural Christmas” make it worth the watch alone. Madge and Edward Carrigan are a stereotypical 1950s styled couple complete with the heavily decorated home and over the top friendliness. Dean's convinced that they're not involved because of how safe their home looks---the decorations in the front yard beckon and their warm greeting complete with peanut brittle makes it hard to believe they're the ones behind the violent disappearances. Dean even quips at Sam, “So this is where Mrs. Wreath lives. Can't you just feel the evil pagan vibe?”

This episode brilliantly sets us up to think that it must be someone else, and yet when we meet the Carrigans we know they're much more sinister than they appear. Their Leave it to Beaver or Father Knows Best vibe makes them off putting and fake---as if they truly have something to hide. As the brothers later investigate the home and enter the basement that's the complete opposite of the upstairs, we see just how much of a facade their clean cut approach really is.

Once the brothers are caught and in their ritual chairs, the Carrigans keep up that nice facade---all while physically punishing the brothers for being hunters. Edward Carrigan even keeps saying things like “Alrighty roo,” and “Peter on a popsickle stick.” It's ridiculous and perfect all at once. They're the idealized version of normal, the unattainable goal of the 1950s of the perfect marriage and good manners and behavior. The fact that they're really “Mr. and Mrs. God” collecting their annual tributes makes their friendly approach all the more deliciously horrific.

That becomes most apparent when Madge tells them, “Oh, why, we used to take over a hundred tributes a year and that’s a fact.” They don't seem to bat an eye at four or five, especially when she tells them, “That's not so bad, now is it?” In fact, she's incensed that they don't get to take more. She's frustrated that they had to “assimilate” and become these phony cheerful people---when if it hadn't been for that “Jesus character” they'd be worshiped by the hundreds, just lining up to be part of this ritual.

After the doorbell interrupts, the brothers manage to escape and we see the Carrigans give up their 1950s facade and expose the monsters they are by attacking Sam and Dean violently. The fight is fast and brutal, and the brothers end up on top, with Sam staking Madge first and Dean killing Edward second.

They're perhaps one of the most memorable standalone villains the show has ever had, making this Christmas special a must watch each year.

The Second Reason to Have “A Very Supernatural Christmas”

Dean sure likes to set Sam up to stick his foot in his mouth, and when they visit Santa's village, Sam does just that. They're there to scope out the possible suspect---their Evil Santa or Krampus---when a nice elf comes to ask if they'd like their child to be escorted to Santa. Dean tells her, “No. No. Uh, but actually my brother here---it's been a lifelong dream of his.”

The elf is dismayed when she looks up at Sam, and says hesitantly, “Uh, sorry. No kids over---12.”

Sam, trying to recover from his brother's set up only makes matters worse when he tells her, “No, he’s just kidding. We only came here to watch.”

It makes the elf look at him in horror and exclaim, “Ew,” before she walks away to leave Sam bewildered. As he looks over at his brother, he glares balefully and tells Dean, “Thanks a lot, Dean. Thanks for that.”

It's one of the funniest scenes in the whole episode, making it certainly one reason to add it to the seasonal watch list!

The Third Reason to Have “A Very Supernatural Christmas”

Partnered with the fiasco at Santa's Village, the brothers go to the wreath store to figure out where they came from and who else may have purchased one. They enter the place with a cover story that Dean sells enthusiastically, “Uh, we were playing Jenga over at the Walshes’ the other night, and, uh… well, he hasn’t shut up since about this Christmas wreath, and---I don’t know, you tell him.”

Sam's not falling for the set up this time the way he did in the village, and he deadpans, “It was yummy.”

The exchange isn't getting them answers, though, and so Sam has to describe the wreath rather he wants to or not. He may not have taken Dean's bait this time, but by the time he gets done saying, “Right, right, but – but you see, this one would have been really special. It had, uh, it had, uh, green leaves, um, white buds on it. It might have been made of, uh… meadowsweet?” all the shopkeeper can say is, “Well aren't you a fussy one?”

Dean takes his opening and says, “He is,” and we're granted our second bitchface of the episode. Sam had tried to avoid just this particular situation, and yet he somehow ends up right where Dean wanted him: annoyed. The expression really does nothing to refute the shopkeeper's statement, either---which amuses us and Dean to no end.

In the end, the brothers get what they came for and can now continue their investigation.

The Fourth Reason to Have “A Very Supernatural Christmas”

There's nothing quite like seeing Sam and Dean both tied to chairs and being prepared for a ritual sacrifice as they are here. They are even decorated with their own wreaths of meadowsweet. It's a gruesome scene, taking the decorating for Christmas to a new and frightening level, complete with Sam losing a fingernail to the cause. But really, the quotable line here comes from Dean when he swears at Madge, “You bitch!” She tells him that he should replace cursing with “fudge,” and when she goes to cut him again, he shouts out, “If you fudging touch me again I'll fudging kill you!”

What makes this brilliant is that it nods to the network censors, and yet Supernatural thumbs their nose at them all at once. It's also hilarious to see Dean use fudge here instead of the typical freakin' used in place of a certain four letter word that starts with F. And besides, he gets praised by Madge with an exuberant, “Very good!” Dean's expression after is priceless, adding to the ridiculousness of this little ritual scene all the more. It also provides a great counter balance to the horror of seeing Sam lose a nail.

To make it even funnier, just when we think we're going to have to see Dean have a tooth extracted, the doorbell rings. It's ludicrous the way he's telling them, “Somebody gonna get that? You should get that.”

Unbelievably they do, and Dean is saved the pain of having to endure a tooth being ripped out without any Novocaine. We're all just a bit grateful for that.

The Fifth Reason to Have “A Very Supernatural Christmas”

Supernatural fans have a thing for Sam's geekiness and “A Very Supernatural Christmas” gives us that as a beautiful present. When the brothers are still trying to figure out what they're hunting, Sam looks into a possible theory that sounds crazy. He tells Dean, “Evil Santa.” The lore that goes with it is pretty solid---as he tells Dean, “Yeah… I mean, I’m just saying that there’s some version of the anti-Claus in every culture. You got Belsnickel, Krampus, Black Peter. Whatever you want to call it, there’s all sorts of lore.”

There's always been something delightful in listening to Sam spout off about whatever lore he's researching at the moment---and while he's wrong at first here, he's so enthusiastic about looking into it and explaining it patiently to his brother. Sam's always been the book worm of the two---the nerd---and here we get to relish that aspect.

When they get a tip about the meadowsweet wreaths Sam spotted at both victim homes, he gets to expound further on the Christmas/Pagan ties, telling Dean, “No, Jesus’s birthday was probably in the fall. It was actually the winter solstice festival that was co-opted by the Church and renamed “Christmas”. But I mean, the Yule log, the tree, even Santa’s red suit – that’s all remnants of pagan worship.”

Dean just doesn't know how to process this information dump, so he responds, “How do you know that!” It's one of the delightful exchanges within the episode, and anytime we're offered a chance to hear Sam cite some information is more than okay.

The Sixth Reason to Have “A Very Superantural Christmas”

Sam and Dean are bored on the stake out, watching their suspect “Santa” sitting in his trailer. It's apparent from Dean's complaining that they've been at it for hours, waiting in vain for something to happen when there's a scream. They spring into action and burst in on their suspect only to find him sitting on the couch with a giant bong and porn playing on the TV. Both parties are in shock--- “Santa” can't figure out why these two men are suddenly in his trailer and Sam and Dean feel foolish for rushing in to save a porn actress on TV.

But the Winchesters are genius at improvising, and we see that at its finest here. Dean coughs and starts to sing the worst version of “Silent Night,” ever. He starts off key and slow, singing, “Silent Night, Holy night.” With an elbow to Sam, he gets his brother to join in and before we know it the drunk and high “Santa” is joining in with all the wrong words to add to the hilarity. He chimes in, “all is bright,” Sam mumbles through the words, singing, “round and round the table,” before dragging Dean back out with him.

If anything, caroling has been forever changed in the Supernatural fan's world. It's one of the funniest moments in the whole episode---and it's all because the Winchesters made an awful mistake! Besides, we all needed an updated version of the venerable hymn, right?

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The Seventh Reason to Have “A Very Supernatural Christmas”

One of the biggest reasons that makes a rewatch of “A Very Supernatural Christmas,” a great Winter Hellatus buster is the fact that it takes the Christmas theme and turns it on its head. It's no secret that Supernatural is more compatible with Halloween. In some ways, it's like this episode is fighting back on the Christmas creep that gets earlier and earlier every year. Many of us can attest to the Christmas decorations that nearly overwhelm the Halloween sections in retail stores. Supernatural then takes its horror signature and uses it to twist some of the Christmas motifs to tell a great story. It goes even deeper than this, though. Much like a child losing their belief in Santa, this episode also tells a tragic story about the death of innocence.

The episode starts rather innocently. A little boy greets his grandfather at the door who later dresses up as Santa. The little boy watches with anticipation as “Santa” puts gifts under the tree, only to hear “reindeer” on the roof. His grandfather is drawn to the chimney by the sounds of the reindeer, and we see him dragged up it, only to leave a bloody boot behind. It's a sure sign that Supernatural won't be telling a simple or happy Christmas story by any means.

There's a Santa village---but instead of being full of happiness and smiling children, it's twisted here with a creepy Santa that limps and drinks too much. In fact, he's the first suspect in the rash of disappearances and possible murders. To take it further, “Santa” is an old man that lives in a trailer and smokes weed while watching porn. It takes the whole “naughty or nice” motif and turns it upside down. How can this figure be responsible for determining who gets gifts and who gets coal?

The biggest moment where we see the death of innocence and horror transform the story is when we see the second little boy watch “Santa” drag a loved one up through the chimney. The little boy can't do anything but stand there and watch as this happens. His life is forever altered and changed. It's one of the most powerful scenes in the whole of the episode, too. The little boy doesn't have to say a word as he watches this, we can see it all over his face the moment he is robbed of his innocence. The flinch is the final nail in the coffin, and much like the brothers themselves, we know that the Supernatural world has forever changed him.

The Eighth Reason to Have “A Very Supernatural Christmas”

Another great reason to be happy for the Christmas break is due to the glimpse into Sam and Dean's childhood. We see Sam and Dean alone in the motel while waiting for their father, and we are shown the exact moment that Sam learns about the life. It's a tragic and sad moment, but it's a key one in how the brothers developed into the adults we've come to know so well.

Sam pesters Dean, as little brothers are wont to do, about what their father does. What does John Winchester sell? Why do they have to move around so much? As a big brother, Dean retorts, “’Cause everywhere we go, they get sick of your face.” Sure, his rude response might seem callous, but we know he's just trying to keep Sam's innocence intact for just a little bit longer.

Too bad for Dean, though. Sam's already learned the truth and he isn't afraid to confront Dean about it as he tosses their father's journal down on the nightstand and asking blatantly, “Are monsters real?” It leaves Dean with little choice but to tell his little brother the truth. Yes. Monsters are real.

It's strange that we'd see something like this in a Christmas themed episode, but considering that it's also tied in with Sam losing his innocence in Santa's existence, it seems to fit. He's crossing the crucial threshold from being a boy to being a young man---and that blow is a hard one for him to take.

Like Dean, we want to do anything to ease this moment, to make it better, and to comfort Sam---but we can't. It's one of those bittersweet moments---because we know that if Sam had never learned the truth he wouldn't be the hero we know him to be today.

The Ninth Reason to Have “A Very Supernatural Christmas”

One of the best reasons to look forward to the holiday season is to see Sam and Dean's small Christmas at the end. It's subtle and understated, but perfect for the show and for the brothers. There's a quiet companionship between Sam and Dean as they drink the spiked egg nog and exchange the presents. The moment doesn't beg for anything more than this simple beauty. We can tell that they're bittersweet about this---knowing that this is Dean's last Christmas before he's sent to Hell---and yet they both needed it badly.

Sam and Dean get to share a moment together celebrating a holiday meant to be joyous and about family. For them, there's nothing better. The gifts are simple---shaving cream, motor oil---mostly practical. On the surface, they may seem too last minute, as if there wasn't any thought put into them, but that's most certainly not the case.

That truth is evidenced best in Dean's exclamation of “fuel for me and fuel for my baby!” Sam knows his brother well and what would make him happiest. Sometimes the best gifts are the simplest and the ones most needed---not the flashiest or the most expensive. For Sam, the best gift here is having his brother with him to share in the moment---and seeing that cough after Dean sips the eggnog makes for a beautiful memory to be treasured more than anything bought in a gas mart down the street.

What makes this moment the best, though, is when Sam simply asks Dean, “Do you feel like watching the game?” It's asking to share something, to simply be together for this moment in time and to let Christmas magic help let the cares fade for just a little while. If anything, it's the best gift they could have asked for.

The Tenth Reason to Have “A Very Supernatural Christmas”

Any Supernatural fan will pick one key moment from this episode as a reason for celebrating the Winter Hellatus: the moment that we see Sam give Dean the amulet. It's one of the most touching moments the show has ever had as Sam extends the comic wrapped gift to Dean, insisting that he take it. His father hadn't shown up, and so we see Sam give the gift to the only person that's been there all along: Dean.

Dean had seen Sam wrap the gift, asking him where he had gotten it. Sam tells him that he got it from Bobby and that it was “real special.” Since it wasn't meant for him, he loses interest quickly. But he should have prodded Sam for more information!

Dean opens the present reverently, and pulls out the black cord with the small amulet dangling from it. He slips it over his head and lets it rest against his chest, and says with awe, “Thank you, Sam. I love it.”

Dean's reaction is the only gift Sam really needed in the end.

While the amulet may be gone now, the memory still lives on and is still one of the most touching moments between the two brothers. It's not so much the physical item that matters here in this scene anyways. It's the love behind it---and besides, it is this relationship between Sam and Dean that drives the story of Supernatural as it does here beautifully.

The Eleventh Reason to Have “A Very Supernatural Christmas”

One of the greatest reasons that Supernatural fans should be thrilled with the Christmas season and the doldrums of the Winter Hellatus is because “A Very Supernatural Christmas” is really just one long brother moment. Be it a flashback to a young Sam and Dean in 1991 or the adult Sam and Dean working the case, the whole episode explores their beautiful relationship.

We see the parallel stories told---one of Dean wanting nothing more than to celebrate his last Christmas with his brother and a young Sam learning the truth about “the life.”

Both are bittersweet stories.

In the 1991 flash backs, we see a young Sam and Dean wait in anticipation not for the man in red but for their father. Sam asks Dean hopefully, “Dad's gonna be here, right?” Dean, not wanting to disappoint his brother, replies, “He knows and he'll be here. Promise.”

We're also treated with a glimpse of seeing Sam learn about their life as hunters---and see Dean try and soften that blow by telling his brother that their father is a super hero. It may not make it any easier as he had hoped, but we see two young boys trying to cope with their difficult situation---as we Supernatural fans expect them to---together.

A young Dean knows that it's the hope Sam has for the holiday, and he'll do whatever he must to keep that illusion going, even if it means stealing “chick presents” from a nice house up the block. It's an earnest effort, and Dean is handsomely rewarded with the amulet Sam had originally meant to give to his father.

The best gift Sam could have ever gotten is written all over Dean's face---making this one of the most memorable brotherly moments in show history.

As an adult, Dean is trying to make the holiday fresh and new for Sam. While he wants to celebrate his last Christmas before he's sent to Hell---he also knows that if they don't Sam will regret not having done so, too. And so, we see him push Sam, asking him point blank, “Why are you the boy that hates Christmas?”

Sam, of course, doesn't hate Christmas. That's not what it's about. He later tells Dean, “I mean I can’t just sit around, drinking eggnog, pretending everything’s okay, when I know next Christmas you’ll be dead.”

It's sound reasoning, one that Dean can't argue against---and yet we're rewarded after all the angst. Just when Dean thinks there's no way he's going to get that last Christmas, he walks into their motel room to see an expectant Sam. Sam has decorated the room with a small tree and a strung up “Merry Christmas,” and made spiked egg nog---that promptly makes Dean cough from its strength.

In the end, Dean got what he wanted: a nice holiday with his brother.

We get to see Sam and Dean exchange gifts and see Sam's joyous exclamation, “Skin mags!” and Dean smile happily over the “fuel for me and fuel for my Baby.” It's a touching moment that seals the deal, making the whole episode revolve around them in some way as the majority of the conversations take place while they're working the case.

The Twelfth Reason to Have “A Very Supernatural Christmas”

Because it's a Christmas episode, that means we got to hear about Sam and Dean's “traditions,” and “hopes” for the holiday. Dean talks eagerly about “Boston Market,” and a beer can wreath. He tells Sam, “Yeah, it was a bunch of empty beer cans. That thing was great. I bet if I looked around hard enough, I could probably find one just like it.” In the flash backs, we're shown the brothers exchanging gifts, even if the young Dean's attempt fell short. A young Sam hopes, more than anything, that his father will show up. So, in that spirit, what are some of your traditions? What are your Christmas hopes?

I'll go first.

In my family, we exchange gifts on Christmas Eve. If my Dad had it his way, at midnight on Christmas Eve we'd open presents, but he has to instead wait until I get home from my shift at the store for us to open. We have a quiet meal of clam chowder because as a child my mother's family made oyster stew and she hated it. The clam chowder nods to that older tradition without as much yuck. I've sampled oyster stew at big family gatherings and I have say that I'm underwhelmed and a teensy bit grossed out. The presents I buy are always wrapped in Scooby Doo paper, which believe it or not can be a bit hard to find sometimes. I started this tradition when I came across it one day while working and now I end up hunting for it every year.

As a family, we attend Midnight Mass---which around here is at 10 PM with a 9:30 caroling period prior. I know. Why call it Midnight Mass when it's not at midnight? I'm okay with it being earlier. It keeps some of the squalling down from the young children up much too late to sit through the whole service.

Last year, I started a new tradition, which is one reason I decided to review this episode this Hellatus. Once we got home from “Midnight Mass,” we gathered around the TV to watch “A Very Supernatural Christmas,” and I hope to continue that tradition this year. We found this show together as a family and we watch it together as a family---well when I'm not reviewing the latest episode at least.

As for my Christmas hopes? I'm hoping that I get any of the things on my Christmas list. I asked “Santa” for copies of Fangasm's books, various English history books, and a few shows on Blu Ray including seasons 6 and 7 of Supernatural as well as the Big Bang Theory. Aside from the materialistic side of Christmas, my only hope is that everyone in my family----both my real life and Supernatural---is healthy, happy, and gets what they want this year.

So, what are yours?

Merrilyn Gann makes the 1950s TV wife a creepy monster figure in Madge---even before we know she's one half of the monster couple. The over the top friendliness and wholesome image she projects makes us feel uneasy and it's in how Gann sells it here. When we see her talk to Sam and Dean about her wreaths, she's overtly enthusiastic about the meadowsweet, making our hackles raise just a bit, considering that like the brothers we know this ingredient is calling the monster to kill its victims. There's something sinister under Madge's veneer that shows in how bubbly she is and we can see it just in how Gann presents her. Once the mask has been removed, we see that Madge uses that friendly facade to potent effect as she and Edward set out to torture Sam and Dean for their tribute ritual. She's bitter about having to assimilate. Hearing her talk in the bubbly voice adds to the horror of this scene beautifully. Gunn really makes Madge horrific when we see the fight scene that leads to her and Edward's death. The way she delivers the line, “You little thing, I loved that tree,” sends chills. As one of the monsters in this episode, Gunn made Madge a memorable villain.

Spencer Garrett mirrors Gunn's portrayal of Madge as a creepy 1950s dad type. From the moment we see him peek around the door to ask who's there, we can sense a sinister nature underneath his Father Knows Best appearance. He's too nice, too friendly, almost as if he's trying too hard to make us believe that he's a nice man. Garrett makes Edward a frightening monster hidden in plain sight. He takes the simple and “clean” phrases such as “Peter on a popsickle stick” and makes them dark and creepy all while delivering them as if he were a nice man. It makes his performance as this monster all the more gripping. Once the doorbell rings and they're interrupted only to come back, we see Garrett make Edward reveal the vicious monster lurking underneath that facade. He is angry and vicious, and as he sees Sam deliver the killing blow to Maddge, we can't help but feel a small tendril of sympathy at his cry of “MADGE!” And yet we can't forget him yanking Sam's fingernail with no mercy and a pleasant smile. Garrett made Edward a great monster along side Gunn's Madge, and they both certainly made each a memorable foe.

Colin Ford is perhaps one of the greatest castings Supernatural has ever had. He portrays our young Sam in the flash backs expertly. Ford takes all of the adult Sam's mannerisms modeled by Padalecki and translates them into a younger version flawlessly. He captures the smarts, the emotion, and the essence that is Sam Winchester with grace and subtly. Ford makes our hearts hurt most when we see a young Sam learn the truth---that they're hunters and that a monster is what killed his mother. The stubborn nature of Sam shines in this scene, too, as Ford positions young Sam into badgering a young Dean into telling him the truth---only to have his efforts end in heartbreak. When he delivers the line, “I'd like to go to sleep now,” only to lay down and cry makes us want to reach out and hug the younger Winchester all those years ago. His nonplussed reaction to a young Dean's gifts is spot on, too. Ford makes the young Sam vivid and real, fusing fantastically with the adult Sam in Padalecki, giving the juxtaposition of the parallel stories more oomph. He's certainly one of the best additions the show has ever had, and here he sold us on a young Sam perfectly.

Ridge Canipe reprises his role of young Dean Winchester, first seen in “Something Wicked,” and compliments Ford's portrayal of young Sam exceedingly well. There's a chemistry between the two actors, and we see Canipe make a young Dean mirror the adult version Ackles presents wonderfully. There's an earnest hope in John coming to visit, and in the lieu of that trying to make Sam's Christmas the best it can be, and Canipe conveys all of that beautifully. As a young Sam presses Dean about their life and hunting, we see Canipe show Dean's fear and anger---especially in his delivery of the line, “Don't you ever talk about Mom! Ever!” Canipe's performance reminds us here that Dean, while being the one left in charge by their father, was still very much a young boy himself, smarting from the absence of his mother as much as his little brother. When he finally tells Sam about the life, we hear the reverence and awe in Canipe's voice as a young Dean tells Sam, “Well, the first thing you have to know is we have the coolest dad in the world. He’s a superhero.” We also see the anticipation in Canipe as Dean watches Sam open the gifts he stole, only to be dismayed and try to cover up his own disappointment by teasing Sam. Canipe shows us young Dean's inner little boy wonderfully, though, when he is gifted with the amulet meant originally for their father, and his awe as he puts it on is a palpable thing. He captured the young man Dean once was well, reflecting the adult Dean we see in Ackles each week.

Jensen Ackles gives us a bittersweet performance in this episode. Dean's boyish enthusiasm for Christmas is catching---and yet we can tell under the surface that he's just as scared as Sam about this being his last one. Ackles nails the comedy in this episode with ease---from setting up Padalecki's Sam to deliver the punch lines such as the Christmas village scene or the wreath shop. He also shows this brilliantly when the Winchesters are faced by Madge and Edward. His delivery of the line, “Are you gonna get that? You should really get that” while the pliers are in his mouth makes it all the more hilarious. His best funny moment in this episode, however, is when they burst into “Santa's” trailer after hearing a scream only to find him watching porn. Ackles gives a nice subtly to Dean's bad singing of “Silent Night,” covering quickly for their mistake. At the end, though, when we see the brothers in the motel room again exchanging gifts, we see the bittersweet element come to the forefront. We can't help but laugh at the cough Ackles gives after sipping the spiked egg nog (and considering his co-star actually did spike it adds to the humor). Sam and Dean are sharing the holiday together and yet we can sense an undercurrent of sadness in Dean---especially in the way Ackles has Dean glance at his brother. The last moment with them kicking back to watch the game makes us smile through the tears.

Jared Padalecki shows us how Sam's struggling with the ticking clock of Dean's deal---and how the holiday season and cheer is only another sharp pain that adds to that in this episode. His sadness is a palpable thing, written all over Padalecki's facial expressions, tone of voice, and body language. Even when Sam isn't saying a word, we can tell the anguish he's experiencing as he's facing the “last” Christmas he'll ever have with his brother. Padalecki doesn't just give us Sam's grief here, though. He also excels at the comedic moments of this episode with great timing and his subtle style. We see this best when Dean pushes Sam's buttons---at the wreath shop when he gives a pointed and classic “bitch face” glare about being fussy or when he walks right into Dean's set up to tell the elf that they're there to “watch.” There's such humor in these scenes, and Padalecki uses them to balance out Sam's grief beautifully. The last scene when Dean comes back to the motel and Sam gives him the egg nog, we see Padalecki give Sam a hopeful edge. He's eager to make this happen for Dean, and we see it all in his presentation of the tree and then the gifts. What makes Padalecki's performance shine here, though, is how well he blends the grief and the joy to make a well rounded moment, capped off wonderfully with his soft asking of “Feel like watching the game?”

Best Lines:

Dean: You fudgin' touch me again, I'll fudgin' kill ya!

Sam: No, he’s just kidding. We only came here to watch.

Dean: Why are you the boy that hates Christmas?

Sam: Nothing. It’s just that, uh… well, you know, Mr. Gung Ho Christmas might have to blow away Santa.

Shopkeeper: Well, aren’t you a fussy one?

Shopkeeper: Hell no. It’s Christmas. People pay a buttload for this crap.

Dean: So what, Ozzie and Harriet are keeping a pagan god hidden underneath their plastic-covered couch?

Dean: Oh shucks, you’re all out of wreaths. I guess we’ll just have to cancel the sacrifice, huh?

“So have yourself a Merry little Christmas now.” Merry Christmas, my dear Supernatural Family! And may all of us have a wonderful New Year!