The best non-Christmas TV episodes this season

The proud family: louder and prouder will be out early next year and will revitalize one of the most hilarious animated comedies of the early 2000s. the original series, The proud familyhas an episode “Seven Days of Kwanzaa” which is a great watch each year, entertaining audiences with humor while also educating about an underappreciated holiday.

There are some holiday episodes from TV shows that emphasize traditions other than Christmas, such as Kwanzaa and Hanukkah. These are some of the best holiday episodes that focus on other festive times than Christmas


A Rugrats Kwanzaa – Rugrats

Season 7, Episode 13

The Rugrats children with Susie's grandmother learn about Kwanzaa

In this episode, toddler Suzie Carmichael and her family are the stars of the show. When their grandmother comes to visit, they celebrate Kwanzaa and invite the Carmichaels’ friends over, including all the other babies and toddlers.

Rugrats is one of the best cartoons of the 90’s and episodes like this one are proof of that. This is a great educational episode for both kids and adults who want to learn more about the basics and traditions of the holiday.

Seven Days Kwanzaa – The Proud Family

Season 1, Episode 11

Penny and her little sister light the Kinara in The Proud Family

In this holiday special from The proud familyThe often proud proud family learns a valuable lesson when they meet a homeless family who encourages them to celebrate the holidays differently and honor Kwanzaa traditions.

There are other great shows like The proud family, but this episode proves that a viewer can learn a lot from this cartoon. While this series is often more comedic, this episode is not only educational but sane without losing the same charm often seen on the show.

Everyone hates Kwanzaa – Everyone hates Chris

Season 3, Episode 10

Chris dressed up in Everybody Hates Chris for Kwanzaa.

This episode has two distinct plot points. First, Julius decides to celebrate Kwanzaa instead of Christmas, realizing the festival is cheaper to celebrate. On the other hand, Chris works on a school project by helping his friend Kill move to find his estranged mother.

This is a unique episode of Everyone hates Chris while still capturing the personalities of the main characters. While this episode still has all of the show’s humor, it still manages to be a wholesome holiday special that captures the various celebrations that take place throughout this season.

The one with the holiday armadillo – friends

Season 7, Episode 10

Ben is seated at Monica's in Friends with Chandler dressed as Santa Claus and Ross as Holiday Armadillo.

During this episode of friends is technically a Christmas episode, but also focuses on Hanukkah. Despite the lack of support from the others, Ross tries to teach his son Ben about his Jewish heritage and the celebration of Hanukkah.

This special is unique because Ross is really funny in this episode as he goes to extremes to make his son understand why learning about Hanukkah is important. Although mostly about Christmas, the episode manages to highlight how blended families can respect different cultural traditions.

The Hanukkah Story – The Nanny

Season 6, Episode 10

Fran rolls her eyes while lighting the menorah in The Nanny

In this episode of The nanny, Fran is looking forward to spending her first Hanukkah with her new family. However, things get complicated when Maxwell, CC and Gracie get stuck in a snow storm and can’t make it home.

In a mostly comedy series, this episode is a wholesome holiday special that emphasizes the importance of family during the holiday season. This is another holiday special that ties together two different religions and ends with a wondrous story reminiscent of the Hanukkah story.

A Rugrats Hanukkah – Rugrats

Season 4, Episode 1

Tommy pretends to be Judah in Rugrats: "A Rugrats Hanukkah"

In this other holiday special in the Rugrats series, Tommy learns about the traditions and stories of Hanukkah from his grandpa Boris. In this episode, little Tommy Pickles also learns that he is half-Jewish.

This is one of those great specials in the series where Tommy uses his imagination after learning a story to imagine what it was like for people at the time. This is arguably one of the best Hanukkah episodes on TV, conveying the story of Hanukkah in a way that children can understand and learn from.

Arthur’s Perfect Christmas – Arthur

TV special

Arthur Read, DW Read and Pal play in the snow in Arthur's Perfect Christmas

This is one of the most extraordinary episodes of the popular children’s series Arthur. In this hour-long special, various characters overcome obstacles as they strive to celebrate various holidays, including Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa.

Although Christmas is also included in this episode, it is far from being the focus of the plot. The special strives to incorporate different holiday traditions by using different characters to highlight different holiday celebrations. Christmas may be in the title, but this story manages to enlighten viewers about the many ways the holiday season is recognized.

A Tale of Two Santa Clauses – Futurama

Season 3, Episode 3

The Kwanzaabot with his arms in a sack in an episode of Futurama.

This is technically another Christmas episode, but it uses the guise of a traditional one futurama Christmas episode to draw attention to another widely celebrated holiday. During Bender’s adventures as Santa Claus, he meets the Kwanzaabot, who expresses his desire to educate people about the traditions of Kwanzaa.

This Christmas special captures all the outrageous entertainment of others futurama episodes, but also raises awareness of the often overlooked holiday of Kwanzaa. Despite the scene’s brevity, it’s a memorable one.

The Best Chrismukkah Ever – The OC

Season 1, Episode 13

The cast of The OC at a Christmas party looking annoyed

In this OK Episode Ryan struggles with memories of his troubled past. Seth strives to include Ryan in the unique holiday celebration he designed to honor his Catholic mother and Jewish father. He calls this mixture of holidays “Chismukka”.

Christmas is too often the only holiday featured on TV this season, but this episode shows how being a blended family means families can celebrate more than one holiday and that different traditions can be honored together.

Heck Of A Hanukkah – Even Stevens

Season 1, Episode 14

Louis lights a candle on a menorah during Hanukkah in Even Stevens.

In this Even Stevens As a Christmas special, Louis can’t wait for his eight nights of presents and instead sneaks them into his room, where he destroys them all by dropping them out of his bedroom window. Suddenly, a ghost appears that grants him a special wish.

This is a loose adaptation of the classic story, It’s a beautiful life. While not one of the most honorable depictions of history or the celebration of Hanukkah, this holiday special included some diversity at a time when cultural inclusivity was lacking.

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