Now, Christmas specials give shows a chance to really push the suspension of disbelief. Wow.... this one REALLY pushed it.
So we start with a tree trimming. Rachel is pushy and greedy. I can get that. Then Artie gets a chance to direct their local PBS Christmas special. What does he do? Well... picture a classic 50's Christmas special, with Star Wars, cheerleaders, Bruce Springsteen and The Charlie Brown Christmas thrown in.
I was totally going with the kitchy black and white special. But then Puck and Finn dressed as Han Solo and Luke Skywalker. For no reason... Then the Cheeriors, Tina and Mike bust in. And to top it all off, Rory (in an awful elf outfit) reads the same Christmas story bible verses that Linus reads in the iconic special. He even starts with the "lights please..." (Personally, the "lights please" totally made it for me.)
In the end, they brought it back to this planet, and they kids gave to charity for Christmas. But man, did we have to go through a lot to get there.
And for the record: Artie, did you really have to bring up the Star Wars Christmas Special? There's a reason it was only shown once....