Lindsay Burgess
December 03, 2016 2:50 pm
American comic actresses Lucille Ball (1911 - 1989) (left), as Lucy Ricardo, and Vivian Vance (1909 - 1979), as Ethel Mertz, stand side by side in a scene from an episode of the television comedy 'I Love Lucy' entitled 'Job Switching,' Los Angeles, California, May 30, 1952. The episode was originally broadcast as the opening episode of the show's second season, on September 15, 1952. (Photo by CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images)
CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images

Pass the chocolates: CBS aired their annual I Love Lucy holiday special last night, and we’re ready for a second helping. Luckily, you can already stream the special via CBS on-demand. In case you missed it after all these years, here’s what you need to know about the CLASSIC I Love Lucy holiday special. It’s Christmas Eve for our favorite Old Hollywood power couple, Lucy and Desi. They’re decorating the tree with best pals Fred and Ethel, because obviously. The group gets a little nostalgic, and flashbacks to earlier episodes ensue. It’s a grand old trip down memory lane, full of the kind of slapstick moments Lucille Ball did best.

If you aren’t already a fan of the show, the I Love Lucy holiday special makes for a pretty great intro. Or if, like us, you just remembered exactly how much you do love Lucy, you can invest in the CBS All Access package for around $8 and binge your way through the entire series. (It’s cheaper than a movie ticket — plus, you don’t need to put on pants.)

Streaming is exclusive to CBS so you just need to authenticate your cable subscription for access. If you’re outside the US, you can still get your mitts on the I Love Lucy holiday special via — you guessed it — Amazon. (The special also comes with the complete box set. Y’know, just in case you’re stuck on what to get your comedian friend this year.)

No matter how you choose to watch the holiday special, we definitely recommend that you do. This year in particular, it’s heartening to remember how many barriers Lucille Ball broke down as a woman in Hollywood. (We know we aren’t the only ones who admire the heck out of her. We’ll take that biopic any time now…)

So break out the wine (or vegameatavitamin) and raise a glass to our favorite trailblazing comedienne. Merry Christmas, Lucy.