Written by Hazel Davis


Back of the (inter)net!

Ah, the world wide web: a source of joy and dicksplashery in equal measure. But so much good stuff gets lost down the back of the virtual sofa. Hazel Davis gropes around for some Christmas chestnuts.

Every year some friends and I get together round mine for our annual Christmas freelancers’ gathering. It began years ago with two of us watching the 2008 Chris Isaak Christmas DVD (her, ironically, me a bit less so), featuring Stevie Nicks and a practically prepubescent Michael Bublé.

Over time the gathering has grown to a few more who gamely and unquestioningly went along with our tradition. By last year, it was a full-on Corny YouTube Christmas Specialsathon. Granted, by around midnight, it was a room full of women and one man drinking Prosecco, watching Elvis videos on repeat and sighing, “Christ, he was gorgeous.” But, believe me there is Christmas Special Gold to be had down the back of the internet.

Dolly Parton Home For Christmas (1990 TV special)

In which Dolly Parton forces her entire family to wear suede, ride on carousels and sing songs against their will. The songs are actually lovely if you like that kind of thing (and I do) but it’s worth it for the rictus grins and Dolly’s 365 costume changes.


Kenny and Dolly: A Christmas to Remember (1984)

Because you can never have too much Dolly at Christmas.


Christmas at Pee Wee’s Playhouse (1988)

Presented without comment. And featuring Grace Jones. You’re absolutely welcome.


Johnny Cash & Family Christmas Show (1977)

No YOU’RE crying right now.


Chris Isaak Christmas (2004)

The full special isn’t available on YouTube so here is a highlight. Fail to feel festive with these quivering lips in your eyes and ears. I dare you.


Elvis (1968)

OK, so not technically a Christmas Special but Christ, he was gorgeous.


Find out what else we’ve fished out from the back of the internet here.


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Written by Hazel Davis

Hazel Davis is a freelance writer from West Yorkshire. She has two tiny children but the majority of her hours are taken up with thinking about Alec Baldwin singing sea shanties and the time someone once called her "moreishly interesting".