It’s time of year again when we’re all sifting through our favorite long-running television shows, looking for every episode with a holiday connection. Many fans of CBS’s How I Met Your Mother would argue that the show’s Thanksgiving episodes are actually better than any other holiday-themed episodes. Nonetheless, its Christmas offerings are nothing to sneeze at. Five holiday episodes of the popular sitcom were released that ooze the Christmas spirit for its nine seasons.
Here they are for anyone who wants a recap or just a compiled list to use as a jumping-off point for their holiday binge.
“How Lily Stole Christmas” (Season 2, Episode 11)
The first Christmas episode of HIMYM is set in the middle of the second season. Lily and Marshall have broken up and reconnected by this point, and things are looking up for the entire gang. However, after Lily unintentionally discovers an old voicemail from Ted, the two have a squabble that threatens to ruin the holiday.
Unlike some holiday episodes of sitcoms, this one is solely about Christmas. It follows Lily and Ted as they work to resolve their differences before Marshall returns from an all-day study marathon, and it mocks the exhausting familial choices we’re all forced to make during the holiday season.
“Little Minnesota” (Season 4, Episode 11)
HIMYM graced viewers with its second Christmas episode, two seasons after the first one aired. “Little Minnesota,” the fourth season episode, is fewer Christmas-themed than “How Lily Stole Christmas,” but it still has plenty of holiday cheer in its runtime.
In this episode, Marshall introduces Robin to his favorite bar, a sliver of Minnesota smack dab in the middle of New York City’s chaos. The bar’s laid-back vibes appeal to Robin, looking forward to another holiday away from her home in Canada.
“False Positive” (Season 6, Episode 12)
AFTER SKIPPING A SEASON BETWEEN FESTIVE EPISODES. How I Met Your Mother’s third Christmas episode doesn’t air until the sixth season. In an episode that alternates between Christmas and traditional storytelling. The gang is now older and working toward moving forward in their various career and life pursuits.
The news that Lily and Marshall are expecting their first child sends a shiver down the spines of their friends. Each member, concerned that they aren’t doing enough with their lives. Sets their sights on a specific goal, only to abandon it once they learn that Lily and Marshall aren’t actually pregnant.
“Symphony of Illumination” (Season 7, Episode 12)
The Christmas episode from Season 7 is one of the most touching in the series. It tells a highly emotional and exciting story, and near the end of the episode. One of the most impressive light shows is presented.
“Symphony of Illumination” follows Robin as she learns and reacts to the news. That she cannot bear children due to medical reasons. Throughout the episode, Robin deals with some genuine emotions. Which are interspersed with a few jokes to keep the mood light. Ted’s final act to help her improve her spirit is one of the series’ better moments. And it will touch even the most jaded viewer’s heartstrings.
“The Final Page, Part 2” (Season 8, Episode 12)
The final holiday episode in How I Met Your Mother’s nine-season run aired in the eighth season’s 12th episode. In the second half of an episode, Barney’s massive proposal effort reaches a conclusion. The attack has a 9.4 out of 10 rating on IMDb, owing to its surprising and elaborate climax.
Christmas can be a recurring theme in the background of a key plot episode thanks to “The Final Page Part 2.” It sets the tone for the rest of the eighth and ninth seasons. While also providing regular doses of Christmas cheer to the viewers.