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Glee Recap "A Very Glee Christmas"

Glee-Ful Highlights From Episode "A Very Glee Christmas"

If you needed a holiday pick-me-up this year, then I sincerely hope you caught this week's episode of Glee. In the words of Mr. Schuester, New Directions goes "full Santa" for the festivities, and it's enough to even melt Sue's heart. The episode also serves as the mid-season finale (say bye-bye until the Super Bowl), but there are plenty of songs packed in to hold you over for the next two months.

Unlike last year's jaw-dropping sectionals cliffhanger (remember that Will and Emma kiss?), this year's Winter finale has a lot less action but is filled to the brim with the sweet, sentimental moments that Glee is known for — and many a 'tis the season lecture from pretty much everyone. Let's review when you


  • Brittany and Artie take center stage this week, as Artie stays determined to keep Brittany's unbelievable belief in Santa Claus alive. The club agrees to play along, and Coach Beiste even offers to dress as Santa Claus. Though the premise is obviously ridiculous, it actually pulls in an equal amount of laughs and sappy moments. I loved everything about the Santa's lap montage, particularly Tina asking about Asian Santa. The way the episode turns to make Coach Beiste the true secret Santa is a nice touch as well. (P.S. I'd like Brittany's fully decorated locker for Christmas this year, thanks).
  • Mr. Schuester gives so many inspirational speeches about the meaning of Christmas this week that I couldn't even count 'em all. My favorite response is when Finn mumbles: "I thought that was Thanksgiving" when Will talks about being grateful for all that happened throughout the year. Touche!
  • Finn and Rachel have bugged me a lot of this season, but my heart went out to them in this episode. Rachel pulls out all the stops to get Finn to forgive her, from her standard gift of song (a lovely "Merry Christmas, Darling") to stuffing car freshener in her pocket to smell more like an evergreen, but Finn has had enough. The poor guy lets Rachel throw herself at him before he finally lays down the law and "officially" breaks up with her. The upside is that we get a pretty sweet rendition of "Last Christmas" out of them before they finally split for good. At least they'll always have Wham!.
  • Sue's presence in this week's episode is — you guessed it — the Grinch of McKinley High. First, she rigs the teachers' Secret Santa gift exchange, then she destroys the glee club's tree and gifts for the homeless. Though her demeanor is at her worst, you can't help but giggle at the allusions to Dr. Seuss's story, from Becky the "reindog" to Brittany Lou-Who catching her in the act. (Bonus: it gives Will the chance to whip out his finest insults, like leaving Sue's phone off the hook and his dastardly "Ho ho ho.")
  • Poor Kurt was just barely squeezed into this episode, but at least he was able to leave a lasting impression. He and Blaine sing a duet to "Baby, It's Cold Outside," and though Kurt laments that they'd never be able to go public with two male parts, I think they killed it. The only way it could have been better is if Blaine had planted a Christmas kiss on Kurt.
  • Is anyone else getting tired of Sue's "I'm mean for most of this episode, but then I smooth things over in the final act" routine? I know that Glee has always been shticky and this is the Christmas episode after all, but something about Sue saving the day once again felt tired. Uplifting, but tired.

So, did this week's Glee melt your heart like it did mine? Is it enough to hold you over until the end of January? Tell me what you thought of the episode and your favorite songs, or head to the Glee Club to get your own conversations started!

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smileet147 smileet147 6 years
I'm loving Artie and Brittany's relationship this season. He's such a good boyfriend to her, and you can really tell she cares about him. Asking Santa to allow her boyfriend to walk is a really big deal. Even though she plays dumb. She's not stupid. For more of my review go here,
care0531 care0531 6 years
I liked this episode! I loved how silly Britney was "sleep tight barbie it's a long flight to Tampa":) I thought it was so cute how they had her still believing in Santa and worked around that as well as Sue and the Grinch. I thought it was funny and I enjoyed the music. I knew most of the songs from the Christmas CD but that last song they sang to the teachers was not on the CD...but I think it should be.
stephley stephley 6 years
I thought this episode was a new low. Sue’s a destructive psycho, and the other teachers know it but give her presents anyway? Why hasn’t Shue changed the lock on his apartment? She’s been there before. That tree/gift destruction was disturbing, even played for laughs. I hate how she exploits Becky. We have an actress with Down Syndrome playing Max the dog to Sue’s Grinch, and Sue’s done the ‘I shouldn’t have done that, I really like you guys’ thing before. Rachel is totally unrepentant and harassing Finn to forget what happened and we’re supposed to sympathize? Glee doesn’t believe in consequences. Rachel and Puck are Jewish, and it’s Hannukah now, but this was all Christmas. Aren’t fat chics a hoot? We can laugh when they ask Santa for the cute guy and fries for Christmas, or dress them up as Santa - what fun. Beiste must be a very wealthy woman, unusual for a teacher. Kurt & Blaine were cute, but I thought all the songs were pretty traditional reproductions, nothing interesting.
gingirl gingirl 6 years
I really enjoyed this episode; it was so sweet and I absolutely love when Brittany gets the spotlight, she's amazing! I thought her still believing in Santa and Artie making everybody go out of their way to keep that belief alive was very sweet. Did anybody else find it odd that Hanukkah wasn't mentioned at all? I mean, Rachel and Puck are both Jewish, but I don't think there was any mention made of that. Even Schue was doing his big " 'Tis the season," speeches, he made it out like all of them celebrate Christmas. I can understand Rachel appreciating Christmas music (she loves music too much to discriminate, lol), but I don't know. It just struck me as odd
kimmieb124 kimmieb124 6 years
I enjoyed this week's Glee. I loved the Santa montage and the them of Santa that ran throughout the show. Kurt and Blaine's rendition of "Baby, It's Cold Outside" was the highlight musically. I would have liked "Last Christmas" better if Finn was singing more. I would have liked it if they were both singing at the same time while they were looking at trees and we could see how each of them were intrepreting the song instead it seemed more like Rachel's show. I enjoyed Sue as the Grinch with her reindog Becky even if the ending was predictable..
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