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Gilmore Christmas’

Season One

LORELAI: There goes the fire chief, the police chief and the one paramedic with a valid license. I feel safe, don’t you?
LUKE: Look at them, all relatively intelligent men, but there they are dressed up in costumes, standing out in a snowstorm, and for what?
LORELAI: Because it’s tradition.
LUKE: Tradition is a trap, it allows people to stick their head in the sand. Everything in the past was so quaint, so charming. Times were simpler. Kids didn’t have sex. Neighbors knew each other. It’s a freaking fairy tale. Things sucked then, too. It just sucked without indoor plumbing.
LORELAI: I think some traditions are nice. Birthdays. Holidays. Taking a walk in the first snow of the season.

“Love, War and Snow” is filled with traditions, a teenage meltdown and a love affair. In the most horribly dubed scene, Lorelai Gilmore (Lauren Graham) tells Luke Danes (Scott Patterson) when she was little she thought snow was her present. It wakes her up in the middle of the night, and it causes her to experience adventure.

It is always nice to have a whimsical Lorelai episode. Her love for the falling crystals lead her to Max, Medina. Max Medina (Scott Cohen). They have a perfect date and Lorelai even breaks her rule about having guys in the house.

Lane Kim (Keiko Agenda) believes Rory Gilmore (Alexis Bledel) has everything: Dean, a new fancy school, while she has nothing. She feels alienated. Her crush on Rich Bloomfeild – and his glorious hair – get her into trouble. When she flee’s to her best friend, she is no where to be found.

Though this is not really a Christmas episode, it does have all the main components. The traditions of Stars Hollow, as weird as they are, show their patriotism and sense of community. The episode began with three premises, all joined by whimsy, love and friendship. It was a beautiful episode – if only to watch Emily and Richard try to figure out dinner.

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The actual Christmas episode for Season One is called “Forgiveness and Stuff” and it was intense. All the Gilmore women are still fighting from Rory’s night out with Dean, Richard is sent to the hospital and Lorelai is given that disgusting Santa burger. Love, Snow and War is a magical Christmas episode where Forgiveness and Stuff is more about family coming together in tragedy.

Season Two

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RORY: We are competing against the Michangelo of snow.

LORELAI: And we’re Ernest Builds a Snowman.

“The Bracebridge Dinner” was old time-y, fun and sweet. Starting and ending with snowmen, the episode centers around a historical dinner party. When the group cancels the event, Lorelai, Sookie (Melissa McCarthy) and Rory invite their friends and sit together for a wonderful meal.

The budding relationship between Rory and Jess is intensified when he joins her in a horse drawn carriage. It is sweet to watch their flirtation, especially during the Christmas season. The best episodes are when large groups of people are forced into one place. The different personalities made the dinner amusing while deepening story lines at the same time.

Richard’s secret to happiness is revealed and it shocks and angers Emily. In the resolution, they learn about true happiness, family and love. It is the perfect episode for the Christmas season.

Season Seven

LORELAI: My brain is a wild jungle full of scary gibberish. I’m writing a letter, I can’t write a letter, why can’t I write a letter? I’m wearing a green dress, I wish I was wearing my blue dress, my blue dress is at the cleaners. The Germans wore gray, you wore blue, ‘Casablanca’, Casablanca is such a good movie. Casablanca, the White House, Bush. Why don’t I drive a hybrid car? I should really drive a hybrid car. I should really take my bicycle to work. Bicycle, unicycle, unitard. Hockey puck, rattlesnake, monkey, monkey, underpants!

Gilmore Girls did not have another Christmas episode until their last season, with “Santa’s Secret Stuff.” Making the jump from season two to season seven was brutal. The show is not well written or acted and the episode felt as fake as their Christmas.

At this point Lorelai is married to Christopher, Luke has a child who he is not allowed to see and Rory just spent Christmas in London with Logan, her college boyfriend.

Christmas is celebrated in January for the Gilmore Girls, which meant lots of Christmas sweaters, buck-a-tree and off key singing. It was weird to watch as a Christmas episode because Lane and Luke’s story lines were completely normal. I wouldn’t recommend this for a Christmas marathon.

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