“Glee” aired their first ever Christmas-themed episode last night and while it did nothing for season-long story arcs, it was a cute episode. It wasn’t one of my favorites, but a new episode is better than no episode. Personally, I think the episode was purely written for the sole purpose of pimping out Glee’s Christmas album. Hey, I would too. Those Gleeks will buy anything remotely associated with the show.

A Very Glee Christmas” pretty much revolved around Sue Sylvester being the Grinch of McKinley High. She rigged the faculty Secret Santa so that she would score all the gifts. For someone smart enough to switch the name canister, you’d think she would’ve thought of a better drop-off point. Eventually the Grinch grows a heart shows off her Christmas spirit.

Artie determined to keep Brittany believing in Santa Claus, pulls off a miracle himself, thanks to Coach Beiste. What are the chances we’ll see Artie using his new “walking toy” in future episodes. Probably nil to never. Rachel and Finn’s breakup also took center stage, with Finn officially ending things. I forgot how desperate and clingy Rachel used to be back in the day. Hopefully Rae Rae gets out of this funk soon.

NEW DIRECTIONS: The Most Wonderful Day of the Year

Great way to start off the episode. Love this song from Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. This almost made me want to throw a tree decorating party with friends. Almost being the key word. I’m to anal to give up ornament placing to anyone else. I’m Monica from “Friends”, times ten.

KURT & BLAINE: Baby It’s Cold Outside

Can Kurt and Blaine be any cuter? Even if they don’t eventually date, I love their chemistry as friends. How awesome is it too see two gay teenage boys flirting and singing gaily on network television. We’ve come a long way baby.

RACHEL: Merry Christmas Darling

I’ll never comprehend how New Directions is always short of funds, but can afford elaborate Christmas decorations and fake snow for Rachel to woo back Finn. Lea Michele definitely shines during these melodramatic numbers. On a side note, I want all those blue trees for our deck. Make it happen, Brian.

SUE SYLVESTER: You’re a Mean One, Sue Grinch

Wasn’t Brittany adorable in those braids. It was a cute scene. Went on a little long, but I liked the homage to the Grinch movie.

RACHEL & FINN: Last Christmas

Probably my favorite contemporary Christmas track, next to Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You”. Is it me or is Finn getting better as a singer. The past two episodes, his voice has sounded crispser and stronger. If someone ever dumped me at a Christmas tree lot, I’d be scarred from the holidays for life. Way harsh Finn, way harsh.

NEW DIRECTIONS: Welcome Christmas

This was so pitch-perfect, I felt like I was at Midnight Mass with my family. I wonder if we’ll ever get to hear new Glee’r Lauren singing anytime soon. When Kurt comes back, I hope she stays. I’m loving her. Maybe she’ll start dating Puck and become BFFs with Mercedes. Think Laverne & Shirley, the plus size edition.

Glee Season 2, Episode 10 Best Quotes (A Very Glee Christmas)

Brittany: “Last year I left my stocking up over Christmas vacation and an entire family of mice starting living in it. Their Christmas gift to each other was rabies.”

Brittany: “Can I be honest? I don’t understand the difference between an elf and a slave.”

Santana: “Wait, hold up. Please tell me that’s a roll of certs in your pocket.”

Sue Sylvester: “You’re not the only person at this school who consumes protein powder by the tub full.”

Sue Sylvester: “You’re a regular Agatha Christie except even more sexless.”

Coach Beiste: “Later on that girl was glad Santa didn’t give her what she wanted. She put being husky to good use.”
Brittany: “Was her name Ricki Lake?”

Will: “I thought you hated the holidays?”
Sue: “Nah, I just hate you.”

Will: “How did you get in here?”
Sue: “I had a key made ages ago.”

Kurt: “Just a friend. But on the upside, I’m in love with him and he’s actually guy. So we’ll call that progress.”

Rachel: “Whether it’s a heart attack or heartbreak, just like Broadway, the show must go on.”

Rachel: “I’m very specific when I give a gift. You don’t know how many kittens I gave away because they just weren’t right.”

Tina: “When does Asian Santa arrive?”

Mike: “I want Channing Tatum to stop being in stuff.”

Lauren: “I would like Puckerman to love me. He’s a fox. I would also like sweet potato fries.”

Brittany: “Remember: even the smallest envelope is heavy for an elf.”

Artie: “I told my parents I only want one thing for Christmas this year: stop friending me on Facebook”

What did you think of last night’s “A Very Glee Christmas”? Did it fill you with yuletide spirits? Hopefully it did, because that’s the last new episode we’re getting until the special Super-Bowl episode in February. Til then, I’m signing off on Glee. Happy Holidays.

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