It’s not Christmas till Shaun Spencer guesses what his dad got him for Christmas.

psychPsych is maybe my all-time favorite tv show, and they made some excellent Christmas episodes.  The series (if, you know, you live in a cave or you’ve neglected first-rate comedy for the last ten years)  is about a guy named Shaun who has super-exact vision, and he passes off his perceptions as psychic phenomena.  Shaun’s dad Henry was a policeman who tried to raise Shaun to follow in the family career, but it didn’t take. At all.  Well, maybe it sort of did.  I’ve heard it both ways.

Anyway, Shaun and Henry have a tradition of making each other guess or deduce what they got each other for Christmas.  The result is one of my favorite sketches of all time.  (Which I couldn’t find online to link or I would have!)  It occurs in “Christmas Joy” (Season 3 Episode 9).

How to Commemorate:

  • Bet someone you can guess their present.
  • Stage a scene where 2 or three people go in and out of doors in the same hallway.
  • Pineapple.  Eat it, wear it, give it, whatever.


Works Cited

Psych (season 3)

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