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Christmas television specials, where the bizarre is normal

While many famous images of Christmas entertainment may come from the most traditional of places — "It's a Wonderful Life," "White Christmas" or "A Christmas Carol" — we have always been treated to a few things that may not fit our defined notion of holiday spirit.

The latest of these came last week in the form of The Muppets (hey, they can pull off Christmas cheer, right?), and ... wait for it ... Lady Gaga. Yeah, I don't get it either. Now, I was unable to see this particular holiday mashup, but I'm sure it will pop up on the Internet if it hasn't already. Maybe it's good. But it most certainly has to be a little weird.

It would fit into the tradition of variety specials from the past that tried to capitalize on the holiday. The most head-scratching of these has to be the Star Wars Christmas Special, which features the entire cast from the movies (with a singing Princess Leia) along with a bunch of extra wookies, Jefferson Starship and Bea Arthur. You heard me right.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wIBkRs3pPKI

Larry the Cable Guy had his own Christmas special, not once but twice, and he decided to add Carrot Top to his troupe of holiday actors. It makes no sense whatsoever.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lbtoyJDeic8#t=71

Then there is the live version of the old stop-motion favorite, "The Year Without A Santa Claus," which features children's favorite Eddie Griffin as an elf and human versions of Heat Miser and Snow Miser. It could easily make your jaw drop in disbelief.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IGhT_ylXN8s#t=160

So after looking these, maybe the Lady Gaga experiment might not be so bad. But I doubt it.

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Courtney Spradlin
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Courtney Spradlin 12/02/13 - 02:54 pm
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I want to mention here that

I want to mention here that your "Christmas movie" is Die Hard.

Richard Duke
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Richard Duke 12/02/13 - 05:15 pm
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Die Hard has been prominent

Die Hard has been prominent in our lives recently.

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