Friday, Dec. 16, 2011

The I Love Lucy Christmas Special

When Santa visits all the little boys and girls on Christmas Eve night, he brings with him the north he can slide down chimneys just like a fireman. Who knew! This I Love Lucy holiday special begins with Lucy and Ricky fumbling for answers as their youngster asks about Santa and his sleigh and then continues nostalgically through the evening. The tree is trimmed, the mistletoe hung and Lucy recalls all the memorable holidays from years past. The closing scene is a classic: Two couples, dressed up like Santa, preparing to put out the presents — and only then realizing that a fifth jolly bearded fellow has joined their group.

(See TIME's list of the 7 essential holiday shows)