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The 12 Days of Chris-Mas, Explained

It's the most wonderful time of the year... for people who like celebrities named Chris!

The Chris Rankings are a fairly recent development in the course of human history, a ridiculously silly but obviously very important cultural pastime that sprung up after Chris Pratt got jacked and joined Chrises Evans and Hemsworth on-screen in the Marvel Cinematic Universe -- all while Chris Pine stepped into the role of the totally-not-doomed Steve Trevor in DC's Wonder Woman. (He's back for the sequel!) What's ultimately remarkable about the Chris Rankings and the men "fighting" for the honor of being crowned Best Chris, however, is the fact the four Chrises most people talk about with regard to the rankings -- Evans, Hemsworth, Pine and Pratt -- are all conventionally attractive, nondescript white guys most people can't tell apart. Pine even sang a song about how they're essentially indistinguishable from one another on Saturday Night Live, a program that both Hemsworth and Pratt have also hosted. (Evans says he sweats "just thinking about" hosting, and we respect him both for being honest and for finally revealing that there is a limit to the Chrises' sameness.)

But even so, we must also acknowledge the truth that there are actually more than four men named Chris in Hollywood, and many of them don't fall into the typical Hollywood Chris mold. Basically, it's time to expand the definition of a Chris. So gather your family members close this holiday season and enjoy the 12 Days of Chris-Mas, a celebration of everything a Chris can be.

Although the true 12 days of Christmas begin Dec. 25 and continue until Jan. 6, TV Guide's 12 Days of Chris-Mas countdown begins Dec. 14 and concludes Dec. 25. We will honor a single Chris every day with his own essay, counting down from 12 to one. You can follow along with the 12 Days of Chris-Mas below, and check back daily to get the latest updates!

On the 12th day of Chris-Mas my true love gave to me...

Chris Wood, the favored Chris of The CW, the network that will not stop trying to make this Chris happen.

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On the 11th day of Chris-Mas my true love gave to me...

Chris Tucker, whose career-defining performance in The Fifth Element should have earned him far more respect than he gets.

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On the 10th day of Chris-Mas my true love gave to me....

Chris Klein, a once forgotten Chris who absolutely deserves our attention again.

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On the 9th day of Chris-Mas my true love gave to me...

Chris Lowell, who is definitely not a Piz in real life.

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On the 8th day of Chris-Mas my true love gave to me...

Chris Parnell, the best supporting Chris around.

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On the 7th day of Chris-Mas my true love gave to me...

Ludacris, who is so damn charming we'd watch him do literally anything.

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On the 6th day of Chris-Mas my true love gave to me...

Chris Meloni, who is so much more than just Det. Elliot Stabler.

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On the 5th day of Chris-Mas my true love gave to me...

Chris Pratt, a complicated and sometimes divisive Chris, but one who is guaranteed to make you laugh.

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On the 4th day of Chris-Mas my true love gave to me...

Chris Messina, who's the Chris for people who don't think they care about Hollywood Chrises.

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On the 3rd day of Chris-Mas my true love gave to me...

Chris Pine, easily the weirdest Chris, but in the best way possible.

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On the 2nd day of Chris-Mas my true love gave to me...

Chris Evans, who we love as Captain America but is also so much more than Captain America.

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On the 1st day of Chris-Mas my true love gave to me...

Chris Hemsworth, who is no longer just the Hunky Chris, but the Best Chris.

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