If there’s a holiday that “The Simpsons” really owns, it’s Halloween, of course. Even though the first full-length Simpsons episode was set during Christmas, the series has never gotten into a Christmas episode routine on par with its Treehouses of Horror.
Still, there are some winners among the 13 holiday episodes that have aired to date. And this year it’s (potentially) a whole lot easier to watch them. As of this fall, FX Networks has been streaming all prior-season episodes on simpsonsworld.com.
The catch is that you must be an “authenticated user”—through having a cable subscription that supports the service (and having the username and password associated with your account). If you’ve got Comcast cable you should be all set, but regrettably, Verizon FiOS (along with DirecTV and Dish Network) are missing from the provider list.
I suggest starting with the classics “Marge Be Not Proud” and “Miracle on Evergreen Terrace.”
Anyway, if you can get access to Simpsons World, I suggest starting with the classics “Marge Be Not Proud” and “Miracle on Evergreen Terrace,” then go for “She of Little Faith” (you might remember it as the Lisa Buddhism episode) and “Grift of the Magi.” And of course, you might be up for re-watching the pilot. I’ve provided descriptions and links for all of the Christmas episodes on Simpsons World below.
You can also check out the very newest Simpsons Christmas episode, which aired a few weeks ago, via Hulu below.
(Much thanks to local startup Embed.ly for the killer embed tool you’ll see used on this page.)
“Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire” Season 1, Episode 1 (1989)
Homer decides to gamble on a “hunch” at the dog track when his annual Christmas bonus is canceled.
“Marge Be Not Proud” Season 7, Episode 11 (1995)
As Christmas approaches, Marge treats Bart like an adult after he is caught shoplifting.
“Miracle on Evergreen Terrace” Season 9, Episode 10 (1997)
People throughout Springfield open their hearts and wallets after Bart claims the family’s Christmas presents were stolen by a burglar.
“Grift of the Magi” Season 11, Episode 9 (1999)
As the holiday approaches, Springfield Elementary closes its doors for financial reasons, only to reopen when a mysterious organization steps in to help.
“Skinner’s Sense of Snow” Season 12, Episode 8 (2000)
A winter snowstorm traps Bart, Lisa and their fellow students inside Springfield Elementary, where Principal Skinner attempts to keep chaos from erupting.
“She of Little Faith” Season 13, Episode 6 (2001)
As Christmas approaches, Lisa searches for a new religion after Mr. Burns takes over her church and runs it like a corporation.
“‘Tis the Fifteenth Season” Season 15, Episode 7 (2003)
Homer discovers the true meaning of the season after watching an animated version of A Christmas Carol on television. But Flanders find it impossible to live as the second-nicest-guy in town.
“Simpsons Christmas Stories” Season 17, Episode 9 (2005)
The Simpsons appear in three Christmas tales: the story of the birth of Jesus; a World War II tale featuring Grampa, Mr. Burns and Santa; and a musical featuring The Nutcracker suite.
“Kill Gil, Volumes I & II” Season 18, Episode 9 (2006)
During the Christmas holiday, Marge attempts to muster the wherewithal to kick down-on-his-luck Gil out of the house.
“The Fight Before Christmas” Season 22, Episode 8 (2010)
Bart takes a ‘Polar Express’ ride to ask Santa for a dirt bike; Lisa worries after Marge is drafted to fight Nazis; Martha Stewart helps spruce-up the house; the family celebrates a Muppet Christmas.
“Holidays of Future Passed” Season 23, Episode 9 (2011)
Thirty years in the future, Bart and Lisa attempt to bond with their children on Christmas; an unwed Maggie gives birth while heading home for the holidays.
“White Christmas Blues” Season 25, Episode 8 (2013)
Marge transforms the house into a bed and breakfast after Springfield becomes the only town in America to receive snowfall; Lisa vows to give her loved ones modest gifts that come from the heart.