Allan Muir – Assistant To Barnacle Boy

Christmas Who?” (Season 2, Episode 8) Airdate: December 6, 2000

Spongebob Squarepants Season 2, Episode 8 "Christmas Who?"
Credit: Nickelodeon

Something you guys and gals may not know about me is that I don’t remember much of my childhood. There are certainly flashes of imagery that will come and go but for the most part, a large percentage of the days when I was yay high are gone forever. What I do remember very clearly, however, are the Nickelodeon Christmas specials from 2000-2002. Aptly titled “Nicksmas” the shows such as Rugrats, Jimmy Neutron, and Hey Arnold! just to name a few. For a channel dedicated to children, the holiday specials aired for the animated shows had a deep impact. There were the various holiday episodes of Rugrats which, looking back at it now, ‘were incredibly diverse and ahead of their time.

There was the Christmas special of Hey Arnold that was centered around Arnold trying to find a way to reunite Mr. Huynh and his long-lost daughter. The episode in particular was and still is very powerful as the separation occurred during the Vietnam war which is the last thing you’d expect to see on a television channel targeted at children. Obviously, I am going to get to the SpongeBob Christmas episode titled “Christmas Who?” that aired *looks at date* over twenty years ago. Man, I’m getting old.

The episode started with Patchy the Pirate (as played by Tom Kenny) who was getting ready for Christmas himself and decides to tell the story of the first Christmas in Bikini Bottom. Throughout the special, we have Patchy’s bird “Potty” interrupting at certain points and a funny gag where he eats all of the cookie dough despite being a marionette. The reason I bring this character up is mainly due to the fact that it was voiced by the late SpongeBob creator Stephen Hillenburg. The episode focuses on SpongeBob’s fascination with Christmas and Santa Claus after learning about both from Sandy. The entire episode Squidward is being his negative nancy self at SpongeBob at nearly every turn. This occurs when the citizens of Bikini Bottom write their Christmas letters to Santa. This also has the gag where Patrick, being the type of starfish he is doesn’t quite know how to write. There is also the “Very First Christmas to Me” song that has lived rent-free in my brain since 2000 in a good way.

Video Credit: Nickelodeon UK

Things take a turn for disappointment when Santa doesn’t appear and the residents of Bikini Bottom turn on SpongeBob and he is left emotionally damaged. At first, Squidward is happy with himself but when SpongeBob gives him a hand-crafted Clarinet that not only has his name on it but has a button that starts playing Tchaikovsky’s timeless classic “Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy”. This gift from SpongeBob leads to a “How The Grinch Stole Christmas” situation where Squidward; after seeing SpongeBob deeply hurt, decides to throw on a fake beard and pronounce himself as Santa and one by one gives away all of his possessions. I think this episode had a profound effect on me as ever since I have wanted to do more to help and be more selfless. While I do not have an unlimited source of money, I still try and help when I can. I think that was instilled in me by this episode. Thank you Stephen Hillenburg for creating and making a character that continues to endure and leaves you with a grand legacy.

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