12 non-Christmas episodes for the rest of us

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Rugrats: “A Rugrats Chanukah” and “A Rugrats Kwanzaa”

Who knew a kids cartoon on Nickelodeon would prove to be the most broad-minded in their holiday episode effort? Not only did Rugrats offer a Hanukkah episode, but they also brought us a Kwanzaa episode.

In “A Rugrats Chanukah” the babies retell the story of the Maccabees and how the Hanukkah holiday came to be. These talented babies played all the roles themselves in their recreation. (Of course, some liberties were taken, owing to their all being, well, babies.) Elsewhere, Grandpa and his long time rival, Schlomo, argue over who will play the lead in the synagogue’s annual play.

“A Rugrats Chanukah” is the first episode in the fourth season, and you can watch it on Hulu. 

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Rugrats also took on Kwanzaa in their seventh season, in which Susie gets a visit from her Aunt T. She tells the babies the story of “Kwonzo” and helps them realize how special they are in their own right. There’s also a little time travel when the babies go back in time to see when Aunt T. met Martin Luther King on the side of the road.

“A Rugrats Kwanza” is the 13th episode of season 7 and you can watch it on Hulu.