"Edith's Christmas Story" 1973
"The Draft Dodger" 1976
This Norman Lear sitcom was funny, sad, shocking, political, and ahead of its time, which is why it shows up on almost every TV list that spans the decades. And both of these Christmas episodes continue to have power 30-plus years later. The 1973 episode finds the normally excited Edith in an off mood, straining to be merry. Turns out she may have breast cancer. The 1976 episode has Archie playing Christmas host to both a draft-dodging friend of Mike's and a buddy who lost his son in the Vietnam War.
Pictured from left: Jean Stapleton and Carroll O'Connor.