Hey, guys. I didn't originally intend to discuss anything from the Phineas and Ferb Season 2 episode "Christmas Vacation", but seeing as it's close to the holiday season and I'm pretty much in a good mood as of now, I think I'll chip in my two cents on this holiday classic. Now like my discussion of "Night of the Living Pharmacists", this isn't much of a review so much as pointing out a few things and nitpicking here and there.
First off, I'm willing to bet this is now considered an underrated holiday classic that not many people will pay attention to, which is fair enough considering that Disney Channel now has Gravity Falls. But I should mention the most important part of this classic that Dan and Swampy focused on. This is in fact a Christmas special that is meant to fixate on the appreciation of Santa Claus and everything he does for children all over the world. I don't care if Santa Claus actually doesn't exist for two reasons. One, he does exist in this special. And two... well... just humor me, will ya? I can't think of any other Christmas special that actually has anything relating to showing appreciation to Santa Claus. This 2009 should-be timeless classic is really the only Christmas cartoon, maybe the only Christmas special that spells "Santa appreciation". Hell, the last song in the episode is called "Thank You Santa"! How much more appreciative of jolly old Saint Nick can you get?
Now, if you can grasp that, it would make for a very heart-wrenching scene, even coming from her.
And of course, Candace has never been too keen about Phineas and Ferb's summer antics, so she assumes that not only they might have been the cause of the entire city being branded naughty, but also thinks that their Santa appreciation efforts were also considered naughty. Tough love. But Clewn't summarizes what really defines generally naughty.
Take Calvin from Calvin and Hobbes for example. I consider Calvin to be a genuinely naughty person. But since Santa doesn't really exist in that comic, he still gets presents because Christmas is about the gift of giving. That and his parents are always like "Oh, what the hell, it's Christmas".
So that was my take on "Phineas and Ferb Christmas Vacation"... and I watch it every year. Does it have problems? Of course. Is it the greatest Christmas special? Probably not, but it should be considered an original Christmas special because of its theme. And it's mainly because of the theme that I think it still shouldn't be overlooked, assuming it is in exchange for Gravity Falls and anything else on T.V. nowadays. If I was Doofenshmirtz, I'd say "Curse you, Spongebob and My Little Pony!" So feel free to check out this classic, which I'm sure is still airing on Disney Channel and Disney XD this holiday season for the sixth year in a row. Like with many other Christmas specials, it has its moments and this one is at least worth watching. This is The Thunder, signing off. Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas!