Presenting: The Top 5 Christmas Episodes of All-Time

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Put down that Eggnog for one moment, TV Fanatics, and place that new vacuum cleaner to the side.

It's time to countdown the best Christmas episodes ever, from a sitcom creating its own holiday to Seth Cohen reminding us all what this time of year is all about, the TV Fanatic staff has come up with the following five selections. Prepare to engage in some feats of strength and read on now...

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5. Seinfeld, "The Strike." The half hour may have been based around a "Festivus for the rest of us," but everything from the Airing of Grievances to the Festivus pole were pure comedic genius, a way for Seinfeld to honor the holiday while also mocking its commercialism.

4. The Office, "Christmas Party." Classic Michael Scott, as the Dunder-Mifflin boss grows miffed over his lame Yankee Swap gift and ends up stealing back the iPod he had purchased for the occasion. Says Dwight astutely: "Yankee Swap is like Machiavelli meets Christmas."

3. The West Wing, "In Excelsis Deo." A bit heavy-handed, but Aaron Sorkin gets away with it on an episode that finds Toby looking into the background of a homeless veteran. Just try not to tear up during the final scene.

2. 30 Rock, "Ludachristmas." We meet Liz Lemon's family on this season 2 installment, which includes Any Richter as has brother. But Elaine Stritch as Jack's mother steals the holiday show.

1. The OC, "The Best Chrismukkuh Ever." The introduction of Chrismukkuh to the world. What else needs to be said?

Matt Richenthal is the Editor in Chief of TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter and on Google+.

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    I'm glad somebody else mentioned the Roswell episode.

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    Forgot how well West Wing was written, directed and acted. Truly a great show, thnx for the reminder.

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    In three years, Community had TWO killer Christmas episodes. Abed's Uncontrollable Christmas OR Regional Holiday Music were both phenomenal.

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    Veronica Mars: An Echolls Family Christmas
    Roswell: A Roswell Christmas Carol
    American Dreams: Silent Night

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    I don't know, I mean I really liked Downton Abbey's Christmas special last year...

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    Buffy The Vampire Slayer- Amends. No question in my mind\
    check out the vid for a reminder
    http://youtu.be/3lpoOzRg5TE

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    I disagree with this list.. The Golden Girls should have been on their!! But I do agree with The O.C.

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    Chrismukkuh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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