Merry Christmas, everyone!
This year, I thought I’d look at how various minority characters I’ve written about have “saved Christmas.” It seems to be mandatory for cartoon characters to save said holiday, which is more endangered than every other holiday for some reason. So, let’s look at how our heroes and heroines have saved the 25th of December.
Doc has her own Christmas special, “A Very McStuffins Christmas.” There, she visits Santa’s workshop to fix a broken Christmas present.
Go, Diego, Go!
In “Diego Saves Christmas,” Santa’s sleigh is stuck under a snow hill, requiring Diego to find a very strong llama to help pull St. Nick free.
In the episode “Flicker Saves Christmas,” a fierce snowstorm forces Santa to land in Sheetrock Hills, where Manny and the tools help Santa make his deliveries and save the holiday.
While Cyberspace doesn’t have Christmas (or it’s only a minor holiday at best—Hacker mentions something being “lit up like a Christmas tree” in one episode), it does have an analogue, “Starlight Night” (Christmas and New Year’s combined). And yes, you guessed it, Starlight Night saved on two occasions by Jackie, Inez, and Matt.
Dora the Explorer
Not to be outdone by her cousin Diego, Dora saves two holidays from ruin. In “Dora’s Christmas Carol Adventure,” Dora tries to get Swiper off Santa’s naughty list…and learns (via time-travel) that if Swiper doesn’t get off the list, he’ll apparently turn bitter and be destined to ruin future Christmases by stealing enough stuff to make Batman’s rogues gallery look like amateurs. Then in “Dora Saves Three Kings Day,” Dora saves the holiday of, well, Three Kings Day (or “Epiphany” as it’s known as in some countries).
Ron Stoppable of “Kim Possible” tries in one episode (“A Very Possible Christmas”) to save the world single-handedly from being attacked at Christmas by Drakken. This was meant to be Ron’s “gift” to Kim, a day off from heroics. With both Ron and Drakken prone to bumbling, however, things didn’t go as planned for either character. The Possible family end up uniting at Christmas to find, and save, Ron.