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Feeling Grinchy? Here are Some Non-Christmas Themed Shows and Movies to Watch


Although Christmas largely holds the monopoly on winter media, there are other shows and movies that don’t center around decking the halls. There is a vast array of winter media that affords you the gift of choice this holiday season. Make good use of your free time over break and relax with some winter TV episodes and movies.

Ice Age

This is a frozen classic perfect for an audience of any demographic this winter break! Can you believe this movie came out in 2002, over 20 years ago? Time to revisit or introduce yourself to this frosty film depicting the journey of a mammoth, a sloth, a saber-toothed tiger, and of course the fan favorite—squirrel-rat.

The Day After Tomorrow

What else could simulate the impending end of the year other than a doomsday movie? The icy images shown within the chaos of this apocalyptic film are perfect for people who are looking for a more off-the-beat winter watch. Not to mention what a great representation this is of the complicated feelings we’re all plagued with heading towards New Year’s.

Friends: “The One with The Holiday Armadillo” (Season 7, Episode 10)

Winter break is the perfect time to revisit some old sitcom favorites—and this episode of Friends is one that often gets overlooked! This episode features the subplot of Ross attempting to get his son Ben into the Hannukah spirit. It’s a hilarious display of his struggle to dismantle the idea of Santa as the only important figure during the Holiday season that’s definitely worth a rewatch.

David Schwimmer played Ross on Friends and dressed as the “Holiday Armadillo.”

“A Rugrats Kwanzaa” (Season 7, Episode 13)

Shows marketed towards children have some of the best representations of non-Christmas holidays that everyone can relate to. The Kwanzaa Rugrats episode not only introduces Kwanzaa to the character Susie, but also showcases her struggles with appreciating herself in relation to the holiday’s values. It has surprisingly deep themes with an interesting perspective on Kwanzaa celebrations for all audiences to enjoy.

Happy Feet

Happy Feet is a nostalgic classic with enough glacial imaging that it could make a polar bear yearn for some winter snow! And in classic 2000s fashion, the content is so absurd you probably don’t even remember half of it, making it perfect for a rewatch. With a star-studded cast of voice actors and killer dance sequences, this movie is bound to put you in good spirits.


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