Upset with his children's materialistic approach to the holiday season, Jim insists the family drive to the mountains to chop down the family Christmas tree. Jim's wish for a simple family ... See full summary »



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Episode complete credited cast:
Billy Gray ...
Lauren Chapin ...
Kathy Anderson
William Traylor ...
Les Turner


Upset with his children's materialistic approach to the holiday season, Jim insists the family drive to the mountains to chop down the family Christmas tree. Jim's wish for a simple family Christmas becomes an unfortunate reality when their car gets stuck in a snow drift far from nearest phone. The Anderson family takes refuge in a mountain lodge closed for the season and are befriended by a man, apparently the caretaker, who teaches the Anderson children the delights of a simple holiday. Written by David Bassler

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Comedy | Family





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19 December 1954 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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Nick: Do you know what's going to happen tonight? A big, beautiful Christmas tree is going to grow up right through the floor about right over there.
Kathy 'Kitten' Anderson: Honest?
Nick: Honest injun. Scout's honor.
Kathy 'Kitten' Anderson: Are you a boy scout, too?
Nick: Tonight, Kathy, I'm everybody.
Kathy 'Kitten' Anderson: Huh?
Nick: I'm a man; I'm a little boy. I'm a father; I'm an uncle, a friend and a stranger - and I'm rich because you're my friend - and because I own tonight.
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Edited into Father Knows Best: The Christmas Story (1958) See more »

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A Very Commie Christmas
25 December 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I would honestly like to give this episode one star only for "awful" but, since everything was fine except for the plot, I will only remove 7 stars from a possible ten.

The family is snowed in the mountains when they left to cut a Christmas tree (ON Christmas?? Shouldn't they have had a tree up long before the very day? like, two weeks previous? Oh well... )They break into a boarded up cabin for shelter. They bemoan the fact they're snowed in on Christmas DAY, but are hopeful and cheery, imagining they'll either be rescued or make the most of it, considering they are in a winter wonderland.

Enter "Nick" a local SQUATTER And THIEF, who makes Christmas a reality by gifting each member of the family an item he's surreptitiously snatched from other people's cabins. "Nick" grabs a SHOTGUN from the mantle of a cabin he's squatting in, finds a nice teddy bear too, grabs that too, that'll make a nice gift for Kitten. How thoughtful of Nick! It must be easy to be generous when it's other people's loot. Nick is a local bum who has lived for years off of the largess of others without asking them first if it's OK to take their things while they're gone. Nick makes a happy Christmas for the family, hands out "gifts" he's stolen, the family is delighted with their gifts he's supplied them. The forest ranger enters this crowded cabin that Nick and the family is celebrating in, interrupts "Nick" by discreetly telling him he wants to "speak for him for a moment" as not to embarrass Nick in front of the family, after all they've no idea who this very generous stranger is, Ranger does not arrest Nick, but simply chastises him for being so careless by getting caught!: "Now, Nick, you know better than to have that fire in the fireplace, allowing all that smoke from the chimney, knowing full well that would give you away" " Now, Nick shamed (I think) by getting caught by the ranger, sneaks out (but takes a big bag of loot of booty he's stolen with him- why didn't the ranger get that stuff back?) out of the cabin, feeling unworthy of the family's Christmas day celebrations. Forest Ranger stops him by yelling "Hey! You can't walk out on Christmas day on your GUESTS like this!" "....guests?" "Saint" Nick replies. "Yes, your guests!" Ranger says, implying all is forgiven, and to enjoy the special Christmas day with the grateful family, all supplied with stolen loot from other people's cabins.

Christmas Lessons Learned from watching Father Knows Best:

A) it is perfectly alright to steal, especially from rich people. They deserve it. B) if you steal anything, you just leave a handwritten note promising to pay them back someday, even if you won't ever pay it back. It's the thought the counts! C) Thieves might be embarrassed if you arrest them in front of other people. D) even if you have to steal, lie, or harm others, it's OK if it makes someone else happy, especially children on Christmas.

And the progressives sneered at the Red Scare.

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