ChristmasPenny and Leonard are dressed up for the holidays by nyitimes.com

The Big Bang Theory has had some of its greatest gift giving episodes featured at Christmas. The one year Sheldon received a napkin used by Leonard Nimoy. Another we see Sheldon give Amy a heartfelt picture with some endearing words (granted this was supposed to make Amy feel bad). And this year . . . we got a baby. 

Although we did not get to see a Christmas episode during this year’s mid-season finale, we got even more. The addition of Halley Wolowitz has given us as much joy as a Christmas celebration. Here are three things that Season 10 has taught us going into Christmas and the end of 2016.

1)    Friendship is Family

ChristmasAmy presents Sheldon with her gift for him in Season 8’s Christmas episode by spoilersguide.com

The Big Bang features a group of friends who are also colleagues. At first, that’s all they are: friends. But up through season 10, our characters began to evolve in ways that continually bring them closer than friends. They fight, they make up, they bail one another out of jail, and they have dinner together. For all intents and purposes, they are a family.

If all friends were as close as our cast then the world would be a much happier place. The fact is, family, is not just a word that includes people related by blood. It’s all-inclusive to the people you love and have a forever relationship with. The Big Bang Theory does a fantastic job of portraying this to us, their fans.

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2)    Change Brings Us Closer

ChristmasThe cast reflect on how far they have come as they wait for the arrival of Halley Wolowitz by spoilersguide.com

Change has always been difficult for humans. But it can be a good thing, especially when it brings people closer to one another. We see relational conflict, between Howard and Bernadette, Amy and Sheldon, Shamy and Lenny, and Raj and Stuart. But in episode 11, all of the conflicts seems to evaporate as the group of friends come together for the birth of Halley Wolowitz.

Sometimes in order for us to realize how much we need one another, we have to go through change. Yet, no matter how much changes around us, our friends and family are consistent. Even Stuart and Raj seem to realize this as they each accept the other’s role in the Wolowitz household.

3)    Love is the Greatest Gift of All

ChristmasSheldon spreads the holiday cheer by hugging Penny by pinterest.com

Not to sound cheesy or anything, but throughout the entire series our cast has shown us that love always prevails. Love helps Sheldon overcome his dislike of physical touch and Christmas. And love has helped each of our cast change who they are for the better.

Christmas is not about presents or trees.

After all these things are gone, the love of friendship and family will remain. This is why the birth of Haley Wolowitz is the greatest gift on The Big Bang thus far. There literally could not have been a better mid-season finale to leave us with right before Christmas.