Have Yourself A Very Gilmore Christmas


If there ever is a Gilmore Girls movie, it has to include a Christmas. Picture Lorelai and Rory (and two boyfriends of your choice) warming their toes in front of an open fire, cracking wise about Rudolf and roasting chestnuts and waxing anecdotal about their Christmases we never saw.  Taylor and Kirk pass by as carollers, arguing the factual correctness of Little Donkey.  A sick Santa emergency requires someone to step in and save the day… it’d be great.


Still.  In seven years of Gilmore Girls, we never saw an actual Christmas Day, but there were a couple of near misses, from which we may divine some precious Gilmore tips on how to handle Christmas. After all, Christmas is largely about family and Gilmore Girls was about little else.

In year one, we saw Stars Hollow a couple of weeks before the big day and in year seven, Lorelai postpones Christmas until Rory’s return from London. Class is in session, pay attention at the back.


Don’t waste energy on picky people

Lorelai: And I got cologne for Michel and the same cologne for my mother.
Rory: Weird.
Lorelai: Well, they’ll both hate whatever I give them so I figured, why spend time picking out doomed gifts?
s07e11 Santa’s Secret Stuff

Look at what a gift says to the other person, not to you

Lane: Remember two years ago, I got my mom that perfume?
Rory: Yeah.
Lane: OK to me that said, ‘Hey mom, you work hard, you deserve something fancy’. Now to my mother, it said ‘Hey mom, here’s some smelly sex juice, the kind I use to lure boys with’ and resulted in me being sent to Bible camp all summer.
s01e10 Forgiveness and Stuff

Christmas Dinner

Avoid family arguments by not inviting them

Emily: I am tired of forcing you to do all those terrible things that infringe upon your life and I do not have the energy to pretend that the way you treated my the other day was in any way acceptable.
Lorelai: So you’re uninviting me to Christmas dinner?

(Note: beware of karma.  During the meal, Richard faints and ends up in hospital.  Probably one too many apple tarts.)

Feed appropriately

Luke: Hey, how’s your dad?
Lorelai: Better, though he says that life is not life unless it includes a steak.

Rory: The coffee machine was jammed so I got us some chicken soup and some Pez.

Make your own traditions

Six trees are better than one (for a buck a piece) and mistletoe should be taped to a ceiling fan blade.

Rory: That way, the kissing is more like a sport.

My top Christmas tradition is watching A Muppet Family Christmas, made before the magnificent Jim Henson passed away; properly anarchic and original yet touching.  How about you?  Any Christmas Gilmore traditions?  

Hey State-side, is Candy Cane coffee a real thing?  And oh while I remember, does anyone have a good eggnog recipe?  I tried it one year and ended up with bits of omelette floating in hot milk.  Gross.

Though it’s been said many times, many ways – Merry Christmas to you, my extended Gilmore kin, wherever in the world you are.  Keep your toes warm and Be Good.  See you next year x

Pic c/o The WB



Rich originally began contributing to GIlmore News as 'Dairyman' in 2013, a reference to the character Dairyman Dick in Tess of the D'Urbervilles, (call me Rich). Here in the UK we were late to the Gilmore party and I don't remember what made me watch my first episode - the one where Lorelai picks Rory up from the police station after she and Logan steal a yacht - but I remember watching it again immediately. And then again. Thankfully, the next show was on the next day and I watched that one three times too. And then the boat one again. I couldn't believe the dialogue was so quick and so funny and I pretended to myself that I was only watching it so I could figure out who I was more keen on - the mom or the daughter. I swore that Aaron Sorkin must have been involved but I couldn't find his name attached anywhere, even on the internet. So I watched and loved and laughed and cried and the day after the series finale, they ran the entire show from the beginning again and Rory turned into a baby so then I was all about Lorelai. Lauren Graham is astonishing ("Mother: Breathtaking") and the show was - and is - lightning in a bottle. It's a treasure for those who watch and get swept up in it, like I did and like the readers of Gilmore News. It's heartbreak and chicken soup, family dysfunction and blind optimism, lighthearted romanticism and balls-out brilliant. Thanks to Arieanna and gilmorenews.com for letting me squat and allowing my inner Gilmore Geek out for air. I worry how it would otherwise manifest.

5 thoughts on “Have Yourself A Very Gilmore Christmas

  • December 19, 2013 at 12:04 am

    The one weird tradition I have on Chritmas is watching the King Kong remake from the seventies (even though it’s my least favorite version). Don’t know why, really, but we used to watch it on Christmas with my family when I was a kid and the day feels incomplete without it, even if I’m on my own. I never put on decorations, I never sing or listen to christmas carols (okay, I sometimes listen to the Phil Spector’s Christmas album), but I need to hear Jessica Lange ask that huge ape his astrological sign. I believe that qualifies as a weird Christmas Gilmore tradition, right?

    So, thanks to Rich and everyone keeping this blog alive, and very happy holidays to you all.

  • December 19, 2013 at 9:52 am

    Yeah that would qualify as weird, perhaps even crossing the line into being certifiable ;O) Have a good one, Dany.

  • January 9, 2014 at 7:03 am

    So, I just wanted to say thank you for 2013 and for this page. I’m from Germany and it seems like no one is interested in GG anymore. For me, you keep GG alive! So thank you and i wish you all the best for 2014!

    • January 9, 2014 at 10:22 am

      Thanks Michelle, with all my heart. It’s for you that I keep at it. Well, that and it gives me an excuse to re-watch. And re-watch.


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