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'Duck Dynasty' Christmas special was fun, but not up to last year

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The "Duck Dynasty" Christmas special aired Dec. 11 in the normal 10 p.m. timeslot on A & E Network. Fans hurried home from church to get their snacks all ready for this long-awaited holiday television night. They were probably not disappointed because the Robertsons, as usual, presented a fun, family-themed show. They just made one mistake: they aired a rerun of last year's Christmas special at 9 p.m. which was grab-your-gut hilarious, even after seeing it multiple times over the year.

This year's Christmas special really paled in comparison to last year's special. Of course, any loyal Robertson fan will tell you that a bad episode of "Duck Dynasty" is much, much better than anything else on television.

The holiday special had several plot lines like all the regular episodes do. To begin with, Willie was contemplating a spectacular gift for his wife, Korie, who seemed to denigrate his past gift choices. Taking some gift-giving advice from Jep, Willie and Jase decided to have photographs blown up into framed family portraits for their wives.

The Robertsons were in charge of the Christmas Nativity Play this year at their church. This was probably a scripted thing because most churches don’t assign the nativity play to a different family each year like they said their church did. The rehearsals were a little chaotic, and Jep seemed to be very stage-shy for someone who appears in the most popular television show in the country! He only had one line, and he had a lot of trouble executing it. This was funny for a few times, but it actually became too silly even for “Duck Dynasty.

Missy, wife of Jase, was the director of the play, and Willie and Korie were Joseph and Mary. Oddly, Jessica, Jep’s wife, was not in the rehearsal scenes. She was out learning to hunt wild hogs with Phil and Kay, although she did not have a gun. When Phil began to gut the hog, it was unnatural to see Miss Kay squeal with Jessica. This is a woman who cooks whole squirrels and eats their brains!

The show ended on a serious note when the nativity play began. Phil was narrating, and older brother Alan, the preacher, handled the serious part for this episode. One interesting thing happened during the play that merits notice. The camera made sure to catch a shot of Mountain Man in the audience. There has been a lot of online interest in his whereabouts for the past two seasons. He only appeared in one episode where Phil and Kay renewed their vows.

All-in-all, the “Duck Dynasty” Christmas special was a fun evening of television, punctuated with a Biblical overtone at the end. Like all the other episodes of "Duck Dynasty" this year, it seemed to lack some of the original magic in previous seasons.

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