Not only does Burt bring along his fun family traditions, but he also invites Blaine (Darren Criss) to join him. It seems that Burt, like most Glee fans, know that the two boys are meant to be together. He happily watches while they ice skate and sing "White Christmas," providing a sweet winter portrait, and hope for the kids' future after he's gone. One gets the impression that Burt's passing, and Blaine caring for him in the end, might actually be what pulls Kurt pack into Blaine's arms. Though this remains to be seen.
Next come the two weakest parts of the episode. Don't get me wrong; I am glad that Jake (Jacob Artist) and Noah (Mark Salling) have found real brothers in each other, even if the elder Puck looks every bit the actor's 30 years, spoiling the close-in-age factor. The Breaksticks scene with their mothers (Hung's Gina Hecht and Aisha Tyler from Archer, Friends, 24, etc.) is satisfying, and the siblings perform "Oh Chanukah" from my favorite band, the Barenaked Ladies. Yet, the entire thing still leaves a little something to be desired, possibly because Salling's acting is only so-so, more glaringly obvious now that he is placed side by side with Artist.
Then we get Sam (Chord Overstreet) and Brittany (Heather Morris) getting married because they think the world is going to end, per the Mayan calendar. Not only are we supposed to believe that these bimbos are already this much in love, but that they both fully think life is about to cease as we know it. And Sam chooses to celebrate that end with "Jingle Bell Rock." Very cheesy.
Thankfully, Beiste (Dot-Marie Jones) intervenes and saves them from a legally binding union, thought not from days of teenage sex that they clearly have. This point actually isn't too bad, since Sam is a former stripper, and Brittany is named the school slut early in the show's run. But their arc stretches believability far too much, and should we suspend reality enough to buy them together, the two will still never be able to function in society, whether living in the TV universe or not. It just goes beyond the realm of what most people can accept. Things between the couple need to end right away, and Brittany can go back to being protected by a loving Santana (Naya Rivera). Until then, I'm glad that Beiste has her back.