Always. Even when the franchise doesn't play on December 25th, David Stern knows how much the Magic have helped make this holiday a joy for the viewing public to behold over the years. In victory or defeat, this little franchise has made its mark on numerous Christmas Day contests.
1993 - First Christmas appearance
Clutch Kukoc, plus you have BOTH Phil Jackson and Brian Hill in Christmas themed ties. Great final play idea by Skiles, too bad Nick needed another split second to send that game to overtime.
1995 - Penny's Rockets Finals revenge and first Magic Christmas Day win
Shaq's terrible defense on Mark Bryant almost gave that game up. Thankfully, Mr. Hardaway was on a great streak of making game-winners. That victory put Orlando at 15-0 at the O-Rena that season.
2000 - Kicking Off the McGrady Era
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2002 - McGrady Gives Us a Pistons Playoff Preview
Let's just ignore G-Hill's 3-of-17 from the field.
2003 - McGrady versus LeBron
The present star against the future one. Then overtime comes and Juwan Howard stole the show from everyone. Bill Walton is masterful calling play-by-play of this contest. This contest proves that win-loss records don't mean anything on this special platform. All thundersticks should only be made to look like candy canes. It just makes sense.
2008 - Hornets Destruction
Talk about a preview of a Magic team that would reach the NBA Finals, wow. This was an obliteration.
2009 & 2010 - Defensive Battles Against Boston
Full highlights of the 2009 highlights are here.
2009 found Boston exhibiting some playoff revenge. In 2010, Jameer and Redick displaying their Christmas clutch abilities. Both contests were duels against top Eastern Conference squads. That 2010 game also ended Boston's streak of 14 straight victories on Christmas.
2011 - Christmas Kicked Off 1st Day of Season
Remember that NBA Lockout? Remember how the first day of the 2011-2012 regular season was on Christmas? Just a really harsh situation for all teams involved on that day. The Magic would have a tumultuous season, but some regular season games under their belts would've helped before heading to OKC. It's the most recent time the Magic have played on December 25th.
Merry Christmas and always enjoy the great memories while seeking to create new ones.