The world of television has infused pop-culture with new terms, props, and ideas that have passed along for decades. During the holiday season, these innovative props become more special because of their meaning and the Christmas spirit.
Many of the following props are used for comedy and have made the episodes iconic gems among the following popular television shows. Some the props have descended the shows themselves and become a popular symbol around Christmas.
“Seinfeld” – The Festivus Pole: George’s father Frank Costanza does not include himself in the commercialization of Christmas like so many Americans do. Instead he celebrates the fictional holiday of “Festivus”.
The holiday is celebrated through several occasions including the “Festivus Dinner” and the “Airing of Grievances”. The highlight among of all the Festivus celebration was the Christmas tree replacement simply known as the “Festivus Pole”.
The large aluminum pole appeared in multiple episodes and Frank proudly displayed its simplicity. Festivus has grown through cult fans of the show and even led to websites like Festivus Web that celebrates the holiday.
“Friends” – The Holiday Armadillo: Ross gets his son Ben for the holidays and after a failed attempt at teaching Ben the meaning of Channukah, Ross succumbs and heads out to find a Santa suit.
Two days before Christmas, Santa suits are gone and Ross ends up showing up as the “Holiday Armadillo”. The costume itself is highly detailed, and only Ross could have pulled off such an absurd idea.
The armadillo itself did not catch on like Festivus, but it provided a classic Friend’s moment and thousands of people have “liked” the unofficial Facebook fan page here.
“The Office” – Holiday Oven Mitt: In the first holiday-themed “Office” episode, Michael holds a secret Santa gift exchange. With a limit of $20, Michael still decides to buy Ryan an iPod, but he recieves a hand-made oven mitt from Phyllis.
Unable to hide his disgust with the oven mitt, Michael arranges a “Yankee Swap” so he can rid of the oven mitt once and for all.
The exchange of presents and Michael’s greediness led to one of the funniest episodes from the show’s second season and it all started with the innocent oven mitt.
“A Christmas Story” – Leg Lamp: Even though it was a theaterical film, “A Christmas Story” has grown, flourished, and become a holiday television staple; thus making the Leg Lamp a television icon.
Ralphie’s dad awaited the “Grand Prize” for days and when it came in the “Fragile” box, viewers could only guess what would come out. To the whole family’s shock, it was a giant leg lamp, a lamp that the Old Man proudly displayed in the living room window to the dislike of Ralphie’s mother.
A few days later, the “suspicious dusting” led tot he death of the leg lamp, but its few brief scenes have made it an iconic classic that has been duplicated by the thousands for fans today.