The Golden Girls: Season 5, Episode 12

Have Yourself a Very Little Christmas (16 Dec. 1989)

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The girls volunteer at a homeless shelter on Christmas day and learn that Stan has been thrown out on the streets by his current wife.



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Episode cast overview:
Dorothy Zbornak (as Beatrice Arthur)
Stan Zbornak (as Herbert Edelman)
Father Avery


The girls volunteer at a homeless shelter on Christmas day and learn that Stan has been thrown out on the streets by his current wife.

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Comedy | Drama





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16 December 1989 (USA)  »

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Dorothy sets the present that Stan "gave" her on the coffee table. In the next shot, the present is gone. When the girls go into the kitchen, the present is back on the table. See more »


Blanche: Rose, for half an hour you've been decorating this house humming Jingle Bells and yelling 'hey!' Now why do you do that?
Rose: Because it's too hard to hum the 'hey' part.
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References King of Kings (1961) See more »

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Have Yourself a Very Little Christmas (#5.12)
14 February 2014 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

It is a hot Christmas and girls don't want to shop much so they just draw each others names of a hat and buy one present. After exchanging gifts they go to volunteer at a homeless shelter. And they meet Stan there because his wife threw him out, Dorothy tries to motivate him and it is successful.

I like the gifts part. Was very funny how they were dreading who will get Rose's gift, although she ended up doing well, and it had a lot of funny lines.

The shelter part was good to remind people of people who need help. I was just irritated by the constant "especially children". As if children are the ones who everyone should care about the most. People already do that, most help children over really suffering people.

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