A very Glee Christmas was afoot at McKinley High. In fact, a very Glee Christmas would have to sustain the school, and its fans, for some time. After this episode, the show and its characters are going on winter break. However, unlike other schools and shows, they won’t open up again until the beginning of February. After the drama and tension of the last several weeks, the New Directions need a break, so “A Very Glee Christmas” arrived to try to give them actual cheer against beforehand.
Warning: Spoilers follow
With sectionals over with, the group is back to focusing on other things, like the holidays. Of course, there are still various things putting a damper on the season, like the aftermath of certain breakups – and the Grinch that rigged Secret Santa.
Although Sue didn’t bother to rig sectionals, “A Very Glee Christmas” had her make up for it by taking all of the Secret Santa gifts. But when Will manages to get them back, Sue takes on a rather familiar persona and plots to get even.
The real secret of Santa is usually told to kids when they’re older. However, Brittany never figured it out, and is still convinced that St. Nick is real. Therefore, Artie gets the kids to help keep that magic alive – although it gets trickier when Brittany’s wish to Santa is revealed.
In the meantime, Rachel hoped for some holiday magic to get her and Finn back together. Yet Glee offered no relief to desperate “Finnchel” fans, who have a little more angst left to suffer from. Even the holidays can’t erase all misery, as the club has gone through more than enough of it recently.
But in this case, since it was a Christmas show, angst largely took a break for this one week. Musically, most fans had already heard all of the songs in the Glee Christmas album – and had already played Kurt and Blane’s rendition of “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” 100 times.
The special occasion of a Glee Christmas was even more special for other reasons. It was not only the last episode of 2010, but the last one for about two whole months. Other shows start their 2011 run in January, but this one is going on a longer winter hibernation. But when it does come back, it will be in the big post-Super Bowl time slot to make up for it.
The coming weeks will have to make up a very Glee Christmas for fans, since they won’t be singing along with the gang again until Feb. 6, 2011.
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