It's the time of year for TV shows to be whipping up their holiday offerings. Within those episodes, one can inevitably find any number of tried-and-true tropes, from re-tellings of classic Christmas tales to wacky dysfunctional families to unexpected snowfall (it's a Christmas miracle!). Here's a look at one such Christmas cliche.
The cliche: Snow
Oh, snow, you wonderful, wonderful cliche. During the Christmas episodes of various TV shows, snow usually shows up in one of two ways: The characters are completely snowed in wherever they don't want to be and awkwardness and hilarity ensue, or snow magically appears causing everyone to exclaim, "It's a Christmas miracle!" But whichever type of snow it is, you're probably not surprised by it at all when it shows up, because it's basically one of the most classic Christmas cliches of all time.
Remember that time on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" when Angel tried to kill himself by waiting for the sun but then all of the sudden it started snowing in Sunnydale -- yes, let's all remember the actual town has the word "sunny" in it -- and Angel was saved from the sun? Yeah, that happened.
Not only did "Full House's" "Our Very First Christmas Show" manage to sneak in the classic cliche, it also featured the stuck-in-the-airport trope. In the episode, the Tanners and Co. are stuck in an airport on Christmas, which makes Stephanie worry that Santa won't know where to deliver the gifts.
"Full House" did it again when Jesse arranged for a magical white Christmas for Becky.
"The Mary Tyler Moore Show's" "Not a Christmas Story" did an excellent job of illustrating the humor that comes from having a group of people who are angry with each other trapped in the same room. In the episode, the WJM staff is stuck at the station due to a blizzard and are forced to deal with their problems with each other.
Other offenders include:
"The Golden Girls," "Everybody Loves Raymond," "Doctor Who," "The Bob Newhart Show," "Newhart," "Charles in Charge," "Family Matters," "Happy Days," "Joanie Loves Chachi," "Martin" and "Night Court."
There's no denying that this trope shows up at least once a year, but all feelings of disdain for the cliche are completely forgotten when those first snowflakes drift from the sky. After all, snow is magical.