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A Definitive Ranking of All the Christmas Episodes of 'Friends'

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Dec. 22 2021, Updated 12:37 p.m. ET

As Christmas approaches, it's important to get your holiday watchlist all queued up. My personal binge-watching choice this season will be Friends for two reasons. For one, they have an impressive slew of holiday eps, and second, while some sitcoms go the painfully cheesy route around Christmastime, Friends really comes through with the laughs and feels that perfectly embody the spirit of holiday cheer.

Plus, rejoice! All of Friends is on HBO Max, so you can watch episode after episode without interruption.

Without further ado, here is the definitive ranking of all of the Christmas (and Christmas Eve eve) episodes from everyone's favorite friends.

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10. The One With Christmas in Tulsa (Season 9, Episode 10)

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This Christmas episode isn't the most exciting plot-wise, but it does deliver a cute compilation of every other holiday season the friends have spent together. This trip down memory lane comes after Chandler finds out that he'll have to spend this Christmas away from the gang because of a work trip to Tulsa, and reminisces on how nice it has been to celebrate the holidays together with his friends year after year.

In the end, the episode does take a turn for the best when Chandler manages to surprise the crew by quitting his job and coming home on Christmas Day. There's a lot of work drama around the holidays for these guys!

9. The One With All the Candy (Season 7, Episode 9)

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Monica decides to make Christmas candy for everyone in her building, and the candy turns out so delicious, there's soon a mob outside her door clamoring for more.

In an equally Christmasy (and arguably funnier) part of the episode, Ross buys Phoebe the pinkest, prettiest bicycle in the city and teaches her how to ride one for the very first time. Her blunders and Ross's patient lessons set the stage for many nervous laughs and heartwarming holiday cheer.

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8. The One With the Girl from Poughkeepsie (Season 4, Episode 10)

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As any New Yorker will tell you, dating someone from another borough feels like long distance in city terms. In this episode, Ross meets a girl he's interested in on the train but doesn't find out until late in their ride that she lives in Poughkeepsie, which turns out to be the only downside to this dating prospect.

Meanwhile, Phoebe is working on a holiday song — one that rhymes every character's name — which proves frustrating AF because she can't think of anything good that rhymes with "Monica." The song she delivers in the end is an instant Christmas classic, at least as far as I'm concerned.

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7. The One With the Inappropriate Sister (Season 5, Episode 10)

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The holidays are a great time to give back, and Phoebe jumps aboard the altruism train when she volunteers for the Salvation Army as a bell ringer. She quickly finds out that New York is a tough sell — even when it comes to charity — after she witnesses one person throwing a cigarette into her donation bucket and another trying to steal the Salvation Army's change.

At the same time, Rachel is dating someone from the building who has a close and handsy relationship with another woman, who turns out to be his sister.

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6. The One With Ross's Step Forward (aka The One with the Creepy Holiday Card) (Season 8, Episode 9)

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You can't really rush the step of sending holiday cards as a couple, as any Friends fan will recall from this episode. Mona suggests she and Ross send a Christmas card together, which freaks Ross out because he thinks the relationship is moving too quickly.

Meanwhile, Monica and Chandler have an annoying dinner with Chandler's boss, and a pregnant "randy" Rachel is ready to hook up with the first man she sees.

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5. The One Where Rachel Quits (Season 3, Episode 10)

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As I mentioned earlier, Christmas is often a time for job drama among the Friends crew. And everyone knows, as scary as the holidays are, they can be even scarier when