Another Holiday season is upon us and you know what that means: break out the egg nog, light up the tree, put up the stockings, take out a second mortgage for the credit card bill and fire up The Carpenter's Christmas album (turn it up to 11, will you?).

It also means it's time for another list of Christmas video goodies.

So kick back and get ready to enjoy another batch of holiday fun. Oh, and in case you missed last year's list be sure to check out link

So without further ado...

The Essentials
I'm reposting these from last year's list because these are the items most people want to see. If you can only watch a couple of holiday specials, these are the ones to watch. This is the proverbial 'hall of fame' of Christmas programming.

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Cartoons, Animation & Puppets
It's just not Christmas without all the cartoon holiday specials. While the titles in this year's list might be a little more obscure than those from link, I'm certain there's something for everyone in this part of the list.

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Take a break from the Christmas cartoons and learn a little about Christmas in Yellowstone or about the making of Band Aid's "Do They Know It's Christmas"...

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Old School Christmas Programs
I dig the old-school, black-and-white programs. It's a great way to see how people viewed the holidays a half century ago.

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Parodies & Humor
It's easy to poke fun at the crass over-commercialization of Christmas and all its attendant excesses. It's no wonder that once again we have a fine selection of clips that skewer this beloved holiday.

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The Christmas sitcom episode is a time-honored tradition. Queue the laugh track and get ready for some comedy.

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Crime & Christmas
In looking at some of the clips available this year, I was struck by the number of videos that dealt with bad behavior during the holidays.

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80s Nostalgia
Now if I only had a G.I. Joe Christmas special we'd be all set...

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Because people in space and in the future celebrate Christmas too. link (click for the Star Wars Holiday special which isn't in the main list since it was covered last year).

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Holiday Songs & Music
Christmas wouldn't be the same without all the great music. Sure some might say holiday music is hokey, but that's ok. I like hokey. I've even thrown in Adam Sandler's Chanukah Song for good measure (I know, different holiday - but it's still a great tune!).

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Advertising - the real meaning of Christmas. Um, well, not really but you know what I mean.

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Viral Christmas Videos
Because you will always be subjected to your distant cousin or long-lost friend sending you links to these videos long after you originally watched them on YouTube.

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The Weird, Wacky and Awful ;-)
link included the twin abominations of the Star Wars Holiday Special and Santa Claus Conquers the Martians. Once again, through the help of my fellow Fanpoppers, I present some of the most awful holiday entertainment known to humankind.

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Acknowledgments: Thank you to the many fanpop users who contributed great content that I'm linking to in this soapbox. If you enjoy any of their contributions be sure to give them a prop!

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