It’s the most wonderful time of the year—when Christmas-themed episodes and specials dominate television. Everyone has his favorite and most memorable specials, from Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer to A Charlie Brown Christmas.
But what about the weirder holiday specials that have graced our screens? This list collects some of the most bizarre, badly done, and downright confusing specials ever made in the name of Christmas.
Spoiler Alert: For the one or two people who don’t know what happens to Charlie Brown at Christmas, you’re safe. We’re not going to tell you. But if you haven’t seen any other Christmas specials, be careful. There are spoilers ahead!
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10 The Leprechauns’ Christmas Gold
A lot of weird holiday roundups will include Nestor the Long-Eared Christmas Donkey, but Rankin and Bass got a heck of a lot weirder than that in the two choices included on this list. For proof, look no further than The Leprechauns’ Christmas Gold. It seems to have nothing to do with Christmas and everything to do with a banshee named Old Mag the Hag and adorable Irish accents.
This is definitely one of the more obscure specials. It doesn’t have any blogs dedicated to how mind-boggling it is that this perfect Saint Patrick’s Day story got branded as a Christmas tale. In fact, it serves as a cool example of how trippy Rankin and Bass got in their later specials.
While the 1960s were all about fun-loving holiday cheer, the ’80s felt inspired by The Lord of the Rings. The Leprechauns’ Christmas Gold can be watched in its entirety online.