Mean old Ben Weaver catches Sam Muggins moonshining and insists Andy lock him up, even though it's Christmas eve. In order to keep Ben off his back and still have the party they had planned, Andy arrests Sam's wife and children as "accessories before, during, and after the fact", and deputizes Ellie, Opie, and Aunt Bee to help watch the prisoners. Everyone is having a good time except Ben, who spies on them and tries to get himself arrested because he's too ornery to admit he wants to participate. Andy finally arrests him after he figures it out, but lets Ben stop by his store to pick up a few things he might need - presents for the others. Written by
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Barney mentions dating Hilda May in "Christmas Story". See more
When the camera pans to Ben Weaver outside the courthouse looking in, as Andy and Ellie are singing 'Away in A Manger', a calendar hanging in the cell shows Christmas falling on Wednesday. Christmas in 1960 fell on a Sunday. The most recent year on which Christmas fell on a Wednesday was 1957. See more
Away in a Manger
Sung by Elinor Donahue
, Andy Griffith
, & Will Wright See more