Will realizes that Ashley has never experienced a real Christmas before and goes out of his way to let her have one. He decorates the inside of the mansion and also the outside fully, upsetting some of the neighbors.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Vivian Banks (as Janet Hubert-Whitten)
Carlton Banks
Hilary Banks
Ashley Banks (as Tatyana M. Ali)
John Roarke ...
Ronald Reagan Impersonator
Mark Driscoll (as Michael Pniewski)
Chadney Hunt
Jonathan Cartwell
Kellog Lieberbaum
Barton Grey


Will is appalled that Ashley has never experienced a big traditional family Christmas so he takes it upon himself to decorate that house the way he and his mother use to be in Philly. Aunt Viv leaves the job to Will, who goes out and buys every tacky decoration he can find, which upsets the Banks' stuffy neighbors. The neighbor's response puts Ashley in a bad mood until a group of underprivileged kids show up at the door to sing Christmas carols - and who love the lights. Ashley's spirits are lifted, and she demands that the lights stay up. Written by Jerry Roberts <armchairoscars@hotmail.com>

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10 December 1990 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


As Will and Ashley are writing their Christmas lists to Santa, Will jokes about wanting Vanessa Williams. Two seasons later, he would get his wish as Vanessa Williams guest-stars in the 3rd season episode "A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum". See more »


William 'Will' Smith: Thanks a lot, Ash. Now I'll never find out what Santa gets for Christmas.
Ashley Banks: He doesn't really get an actual gift, Will. He gets love from all the kids around the world.
William 'Will' Smith: Really? What a Gyp.
Ashley Banks: Come on, Will. Everyone knows there's no Santa Claus.
William 'Will' Smith: Wait a minute, there is no *Milli Vanilli* but there definitely is a Santa Claus!
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Jingle Bells
Written by James Pierpont (uncredited)
Performed by Mike Pniewski & Carollers.
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