You’d be forgiven for wondering if Dragons celebrate Christmas. All that fire has to be murder on mistletoe.
This year’s special holiday episode of Dragons’ Den – which airs Wednesday, Dec. 11 on CBC – proves that the scary beasts at least acknowledge there’s something different going on at the end of each calendar year. But does it make them feel any more generous than usual?
Dragons’ Den, of course, is in its eighth season and currently features Bruce Croxon, David Chilton, Jim Treliving, Kevin O’Leary and Arlene Dickinson as its signature investors.
We all know the format of the show by now. Entrepreneurs come in and pitch their business ideas. They’re all looking for investment money from the Dragons, in return for a chunk of whatever their money-making scheme is. The Dragons either can agree to the terms the entrepreneur has suggested, propose new terms, or take a polite pass. Well, sometimes not so polite.
The holiday episode showcases a batch of holiday-themed pitches, naturally. Everything from ugly Christmas sweaters to exterior light-hanging apparatuses designed to reduce trips to the hospital are presented, as entrepreneurs hope to find some much-needed cash in their stockings.
Something to watch for: Think of the grumpiest Dragon. Now think of a silly costume. The mind wanders.
The holiday pitchers this year are: Holiday Rejects (Chris Cheng, Adil Hooda and Kyle Fitzgerald from Calgary); Christmas Linka Lights (Patrick Grau and John Schram from St. Catharines, Ont.); You Stuff It Boxes (Mary Read from Orr Lake, Ont.); Hot ‘N’ Clean (Shayne Elliot from Haney, B.C.); Winter and the Secret of Santa (Janelle Jeffrey from Squamish, B.C.); Magball (Enock Laplante from Toronto); Kooldog House (Ki Park from Richmond Hill, Ont.); and Rollergard (Victor Posa, Benito Posa and Paul Steinhauser from Aurora, Ont.).
Will the Dragons be naughty or nice?
Seems like an obvious answer if we’re talking about Dragons. But the Christmas spirit can do miraculous things.