This is my journey through Christmas “media” not exclusively movies… so back off! Spongebob’s first Christmas special, Christmas Who?, is short, but tells a powerful story, like most Spongebob Squarepants episodes.
Sandy Cheeks regales Spongebob with magical tales of present, flying reindeer, fruit cakes and of course Santa Clause. Spongebob, mystified with Sandy’s stories, tells everyone in town about Christmas and they prepare Bikini Bottom for the arrival of Santa Clause. Musical numbers are sung, frivolities are taken part in, but ultimately, Santa never comes and the Christmas wishes of the Bikini Bottom dwellers are never fulfilled. That is until Squidward of all people, much like the Grinch, finds his Christmas spirit and gives away every worldly possession he has to make Spongebob believe again. In the end, Squidward is the hero Bikini Bottom needed and Christmas can thrive again.
To me, Christmas Who? is as classic a Christmas cartoon as the original The Grinch Who Stole Christmas. I love Spongebob and I love Christmas, so it only makes sense that those two flavors taste great together.