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I Rewatched 'The OC' Chrismukkah Episode and It's Still a Holiday Classic

By Mary Grace Garis

Gather ‘round, children (or nostalgia-soaked millennials) because it’s the 15th anniversary of “The Best Chrismukkuh Ever” episode! Yes, on December 3rd, 2003, The OC introduced us to the perfect fusion holiday that is Chrismukkah by way of Seth Cohen. For teens in Jewish or interfaith families, “The Best Chrismukkuh Ever” was a Godsend, so to speak. Using his trademark wit, Seth offered up a way to blend all the best parts of the season in a harmonious way. For the rest of us, it was good television. Really good television.

In fact, I took “The Best Chrismukkuh Ever” for a spin just in time for the first night of Hanukkah, and let me tell you, it holds up. Not only because it mashes up all those great traditions, but because it mashes up all those great storylines that made The OC a teen soap for the history books.*

So what’s it going to be, huh? You want a menorah or a candy cane? Well, don’t worry, buddy, because on this show, you don’t have to choose. Chronologically speaking, here all the little grace notes that make "The Best Chrismukkah Ever" a true classic. 

1. Seth really brings out the enthusiasm for his Chrismukkah sales pitch.

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“It’s the new holiday, Ryan, and it’s sweeping the nation,” he tells his as-per-usual bemused foster brother. Gleeful about Sandy and Kirsten’s Christmas tree as he is about the menorah, Seth introduces us to a beautiful world where movies and Chinese food converge with stockings and all the trimmings. The best part is the eight days of presents followed by one day of many presents! Sign me up.

Anwyway, Seth so wants Ryan to join in on his holiday cheer, but Ryan had a very John Bender Christmas experience back in Chino. Waaah.