Sunday, December 4, 2011

On the Fourth Day of Creepmas, Great Pumpkin gave to me...

A Very Supernatural Christmas
Dean : So what the hell do you think we're dealing with?
Sam : Actually, I have an idea.
Dean : Yeah?
Sam : Yeah. It's gonna sound crazy...
Dean : What could you possibly say that sounds crazy to me?
Sam : Um... Evil Santa.
Dean : ...Yeah, that's crazy.
'A Very Supernatural Christmas' was an episode from the third season of the television series Supernatural. Series creator, Eric Kripke, is quoted as saying he wanted to make "the most violent Christmas special in the history of television". Designed to resemble a traditional Christmas special, the episode even began with a genuine vintage CBS "A Special Presentation" sequence, followed by a sentimental Christmas scene, set in Seattle, featuring a young boy and his grandfather. Of course, the tone quickly degenerated when Grandpa was dragged savagely up the chimney by some unseen force.

The action then moved forward one year, and we discovered that the Winchester boys were investigating a string of similar Christmas murders in Michigan. At first, Sam incorrectly  speculated that the perpetrator was some sort of "Anti-Claus", like the "Krampus", believed by some cultures to be a devilish companion to Saint Nikolaus. However, while Saint Nikolaus hands out gifts and sweets, the Krampus hands out punishment to naughty children.

The real culprits turned out to be a pair of pagan winter solstice gods masquerading as the picture-perfect, Christmas-loving suburban couple, Madge and Edward Carrigan. When the Carrigans captured the boys, Sam and Dean found themselves being prepared as a sacrifice. The sacrificial ritual included, what I believe, was the most wince-inducing scene of the entire series, when we got a close-up shot of Sam's fingernail being torn off.

In order to maintain the feel of a "cheery, traditional Christmas special" this episode dispensed with the series trademark classic-rock soundtrack, opting instead for traditional Christmas songs. One of the funniest scenes in the episode was when Sam and Dean burst in on a sleazy amusement park Santa, whom they wrongly suspected of being an Anti-Claus, only to find him indulging in booze and porn. In an attempt to cover their mistake, the boys broke into an impromptu rendition of 'Silent Night' with Bad Santa swaying along.

The story arc for Season 3 of Supernatural involved Dean having to face the consequences of selling his soul to a crossroads demon in order to save Sam's life. Hoping to celebrate his last Christmas with his brother, before going to Hell, Dean was disappointed when Sam was unwilling to participate. The episode was interspersed with flashbacks to a bleak Christmas from the brothers' childhood, which explained Sam's distaste for the Yuletide season.

The episode ended on a poignant note with Sam having a change of heart and the two brothers sharing a simple Christmas, exchanging gifts bought at a local gas station, and watching the football game with eggnog.


  1. I LOVED this, well I LOVE all Supernatural shows. I knew at the get go, I was going to buy all the boxed season sets and watch them in the future with my grandchildren and greatgrandchilden, MUHAHAHAHAHAHA

  2. Love this episode (well, like Daph said above, pretty much love ALL Supernatural episodes!)!!

    You've inspired me to go re-watch it! :D

  3. well, I never saw this so I gotta' find it. thanks for sharing!

  4. I am a Supernatural fan.... so this is great for Creepmas! I forgot about it actually.

  5. Hi Daph,

    Oh yeah, I LOVE 'Supernatural' as well! I probably shouldn't admit how many times I've watched all the episodes. Haha. My son has already been indoctrinated, so I feel I have done my 'Supernatural' duty, and passed on the torch to him!

    Hi Spooky Vegan,

    Always happy to promote a little 'Supernatural' watching!!

    Hi Pam,

    You're welcome! You'll enjoy it. Very creepy and very funny!

    Hi wicKED,

    Thanks! This episode and 'Futurama' Robot Santa were my first Creepmas inspirations. I love that all the Creepers are interpreting Creepmas in their own unique way!

  6. I really need to jump on this series & watch it fully!

  7. Love Supernatural! The gag/blooper reels for each season are pretty fun to watch, the guys are hilarious just being themselves.

  8. Hi art bliss,

    Yeah, the guys are funny. They're happy to poke fun at themselves, which only makes me like them even more! I always end up buying the DVDs of 'Supernatural', so I get the gag reels as part of the Special Features.

  9. I've heard good things about the show, but I'm not very familiar with it. I've seen bits and pieces here and there. I'll have to start from the beginning and check it out.

  10. I haven't seen this show but I love the story.

  11. Hi Will,

    Yes, it's definitely worth starting from the beginning because there are story arcs that run over the entire series. It's such a great show that I'm sure you'd be addicted in no time!

    Hi Adsila,

    All the pagan lore surrounding Christmas in this episode is fascinating. I've read that the show's creators go to a lot of trouble researching all the folklore and mythology to make sure the information is authentic.


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