12 Days of Christmas Episodes – Day Six: Veronica Mars
I don’t like Christmas. But in an attempt to be less of a Scrooge, I have decided to spend the 12 days leading up to Jesus’ birthday doing one of the few Christmas-related activities that doesn’t make me want to run away and hide: watching Christmas episodes of television shows. And I’m going to write about it, because that’s just what I do. Will this activity instil the spirit of Christmas within my cold, uncaring heart, or will I grow even more bitter toward the festive season? Only time will tell…
Here’s a sentence that you wouldn’t normally expect to hear from me: I watched tonight’s 12 Days of Christmas Episodes episode while at the gym. On the cross-trainer, to be exact. It’s been a busy evening, so I’ve had to multitask. I watched Veronica Mars at the gym, then I cooked dinner before wrapping Christmas presents in front of a very satisfying Survivor finale. And I’ve just listened to the last episode of Serial (and I didn’t do anything else during that, because it’s Serial).
It’s now a lot later than I was intending to be writing this, so I’ll have to keep it brief. If I get the opportunity, I may revisit this particular episode somewhere down the track.
[image: Oh No They Didn’t]
Series 1, episode 10: “An Echolls Family Christmas”
This is a Christmas episode after my own heart. While set at Christmas time, it’s not actually about Christmas, and therefore avoids all of the tropes that make me want to set my computer on fire. Instead of Christmas miracles and heavy-handed morals about love and family, there’s a scene where an unfaithful rich man is stabbed by a woman he slept with, to the soundtrack of carol singers.
Probably one of the strongest Veronica Mars episodes there is, “An Echolls Family Christmas” has just the right combination of humour, wit, and a whodunnit that makes perfect sense when Veronica explains it, but that you couldn’t quite predict. And there’s that great bit where Logan and Duncan are wearing matching Christmas boxers.
There’s so much more that I could say about this episode, but it’s after 1:30am, and I have work in the morning. Blame Serial for keeping me up…