5. Shalom Sesame: “The Missing Menorah”
If you were a Jewish kid in the ’90s, chances are you’re familiar with Shalom Sesame, a Hebrewified version of Sesame Street. In 2010, the series relaunched with new episodes featuring Jewish stars like Jake Gyllenhaal, Debra Messing, and Disney Channel alum Anneliese van der Pol, who stars in Shalom‘s Hanukkah special. And Grover’s there too!
6. South Park: “Mr. Hankey’s Christmas Classics”
In season 1, Kyle moped about being “a lonely Jew on Christmas.” By season 3, he was happily teaching his little brother Ike how to play dreidel, leading to a fun multipart performance of “The Dreidel Song” that’s going to get stuck in your head for at least eight days. And look, there’s even a sort-of reference to another entry on this list: “Courteney Cox/I love you/You’re so hot/On that show.”
7. A Colbert Christmas
What would a Christmas special headed by Stephen Colbert be without a visit from Jon Stewart, all decked out in blue and white? Stewart can’t really sing, but his duet with Colbert about Hanukkah is charming nonetheless — especially when the Daily Show host explains what candles are.
8. The O.C.: “The Best Chrismukkah Ever”
Maybe writer Stephanie Savage wasn’t the first person to come up with a portmanteau of “Christmas” and “Hanukkah” — but The O.C. definitely popularized the term, making describing the holidays that much easier for mixed-faith people. Plus, the episode features a lot of really great Seth-Summer-Anna business, as well as a ton of Marissa drama. Is it too soon to start feeling O.C. nostalgia?
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