February 10, 2013 10:22 PM by Stephanie Gustafson
It’s the last Honey Boo Boo special for a little while, and yes, we know you’re completely devastated. Whatever will you do during the long wait until the new season of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo begins? Fortunately, the Christmas special provided plenty of entertainment, what with Alana’s holiday shenanigans.
Have you ever been to an ugly sweater party? While I’m sure your experience was memorable, I’d bet a lot of money that it didn’t hold a hat to having the entirety of Honey Boo Boo’s family deckied out in their tackiest Christmas sweaters and speaking in their unintelligible dialect of English. Add a ton of cheap-looking Christmas decorations all over the yard and a Sugar Bear Santa and you’ve got quite the holiday adventure!
Really though, as much as I like to make fun of the Thompson clan, they do have their hearts in the right place. Mama June explains that charity is a big deal in this family, which is why they make a point of providing for those in need every holiday season. Last year, they were able to feed 108 needy families. And that was before the show had landed on TLC, so the only exposure Honey Boo Boo had received at that point came as a result of Toddlers and Tiaras. This year, with the family constantly making headlines, June has expanded her charity goal to a total of $10,000. And with all the loyal fans of this show, I think she can probably raise that much money, if not more.
Another reason why I think the family can successfully raise $10,000? Their plan is pretty darn clever. The family will decorate the yard with all kinds of tacky decorations, including, of course, a Jesus with a forklift foot. Who knew Jesus and Mama June had so much in common? The cherry on top of the Christmas decorations will be Sugar Bear dressed up as Santa. Then, visitors from all over will have the opportunity to stop by the house, see the perverse nativity scn and donate money to charity. Not a bad plan, huh?
Problem is, a lot of the decorations are completely broken — the forklift Jesus is just the tip of the iceberg. Alana claims that her mom is “bat poop” crazy and chastises her for being a hoarder. But Mama June could arguably take on Red Green in terms of duct tape talent and she manages to path together a couple of junky-looking items. And while June Shannon decorates the outside of the house, Chubbs and Sugar Bear get to work with an artifcial Christmas tree. It’s an all-white tree, which means either the family was feeling very vintage retro or the tree is at least 20 years old. The tree setup goes well until Alana gets involved. When she discovers that the Christmas tree is missing a topper, she decides that her pet chicken Nugget would be perfect for the job. Nugget doesn’t agree and in a panic, manages to knock over the tree.
Once the tree is finally in place and the yard all decorated, it’s time to start raising money! Alana decides to join her dad in the dress-up effort, getting all snazzy in an Elvis costume. Because, you know, Elvis is responsible for helping out the jolly fat man each holiday season! Yeah, Alana has mixed up “elves” and “Elvis” and it doesn’t look like her family is about to correct her of the notion. With Alana as Elvis and Sugar Bear as Santa, the first night of the charity effort exceeds expectations. The family raises well over $1200, leaving them on track to hit their goal if they keep it up for another week or so.
Next, it’s time for Christmas gifts. June Shannon, being the frugal lady she is, insists that the family members by each other gifts at the flea market. The results are interesting…and as Alana astutely observes, “One man’s junk is another man’s…junk.” After finding and wrapping the Christmas junk, the family heads out for an ice skating expedition. As you might predict, there’s plenty of falling involved. June decides she has no interest in face planting, so she observes from the side. Alana wonders how it’ even possible for her mom to step on the ice without cracking it.
The final night of the charity effort arrives and it’s an overwhelming success. In addition to tons of canned food and toys, the family is able to raise an astounding $15,000 for charity. Wow! Everything is loaded and hauled off to the charity Wilco Luvs Kids, the president of which was responsible for helping June Shannon and her family out when they were struggling several years ago. Say what you want about Mama June, but she certainly knows how to pass on the kindness!
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