'Tis the season to take a look back at the TV ghosts of Christmases past and find the perfect way to de-stress after a family (dys)function.
We collected the 10 episodes that we keep going back to this time of year, from Frank Costanzas' self-created "Festivus for the rest of us" on "Seinfeld" to Seth Cohen's adorable Chrismukkah yarmuclauses on "The O.C." to a more sentimental special "M*A*S*H." These are the small screen installments that have left their mark in both TV history and on our holiday season.
"The Office," "Benihana Christmas"
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" arrived in the middle of the strong third season of "The Office
," and, like Santa's sleigh, it was packed full of goodies. How can you not love an episode that features rival parties organized by different Dunder Mifflin factions, Andy's favorite holiday cocktail, the Nagasaki (one part eggnog, three parts sake), Kevin doing karaoke of Alanis Morrissette's "You Oughta Know," and a delighted Dwight who has run over a goose, which he plans to consume ("It's a Christmas miracle!" he crows)? But the high point had to be the heartbroken Michael's "bros before ho's" speech, which he gave after Carol dumped him. Bros, Michael explained, "got your back after your ho rips your heart out, for no good reason. And you were nothing but great to your ho, and you told her that she was the only ho for you, and that she was better than all the other ho's in the world." Only Steve Carell could have made that speech devastatingly funny and emotionally real. We miss you, Michael Scott. -- Maureen Ryan