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"The X-Files" How the Ghosts Stole Christmas (1998)"The X Files" How the Ghosts Stole Christmas (original title)

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Original Air Date:
13 December 1998 (Season 6, Episode 6)
On Christmas Eve, Mulder and Scully find themselves trapped in a haunted house with two ghosts who are determined to prove just how lonely the holiday can be. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Chris Carter 
Writing credits
Chris Carter (created by)

Chris Carter (written by)

Produced by
Rob Bowman .... producer
Chris Carter .... executive producer
Bernadette Caulfield .... producer
Vince Gilligan .... co-executive producer
Kim Manners .... producer
Lori Jo Nemhauser .... co-producer
Paul Rabwin .... producer
Daniel Sackheim .... consulting producer
Mark R. Schilz .... co-producer
John Shiban .... producer
Frank Spotnitz .... executive producer
Michael W. Watkins .... co-executive producer (as Michael Watkins)
Original Music by
Mark Snow 
Cinematography by
Bill Roe (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Lynne Willingham 
Casting by
Rick Millikan 
Production Design by
Corey Kaplan 
Art Direction by
Sandy Getzler 
Lauren E. Polizzi  (as Lauren Polizzi)
Set Decoration by
Timothy Stepeck  (as Tim Stepeck)
Costume Design by
Christine Peters 
Makeup Department
Anji Bemben .... hair stylist: Mr. David Duchovny and Ms. Gillian Anderson
Anji Bemben .... makeup artist: Mr. David Duchovny and Ms. Gillian Anderson
Dena Green .... hair department head
Cheri Montesanto .... makeup department head (as Cheri Medcalf)
Laverne Munroe .... hair stylist: Mr. David Duchovny and Ms. Gillian Anderson (as Laverne Basham)
Laverne Munroe .... makeup artist: Mr. David Duchovny and Ms. Gillian Anderson (as Laverne Basham)
John Vulich .... special effects makeup artist
Stacey Butterworth .... wig maker (uncredited)
Matthew Jorgensen .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
Brian Wade .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
Gary Yee .... moldshop supervisor (uncredited)
Production Management
Gina Lamar .... post-production supervisor
Mark R. Schilz .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Harry V. Bring .... second unit first assistant director (as Harry Bring)
Christine Larson-Nitzsche .... first assistant director (as Christine Larson)
Laura Nisbet .... second assistant director
Art Department
Tom Day .... property master
Duke Tomasick .... construction coordinator
Dawn Ascher-Trevino .... art department coordinator (uncredited)
Billy Baker .... set dresser (uncredited)
Lisa A. Corbin .... on-set dresser (uncredited)
John French .... paint foreman (uncredited)
Lisa Goldsmith .... buyer (uncredited)
Erik Grasteit .... set master (uncredited)
Sally Hudson .... graphic artist (uncredited)
Steven R. Miller .... assistant art director (uncredited)
John Naehrlich .... leadman (uncredited)
David Napoli .... leadman (uncredited)
Eric Rosenberg .... graphic designer (uncredited)
Bobby Thomas .... props (uncredited)
Sound Department
Harry Andronis .... re-recording mixer
Thierry J. Couturier .... supervising sound editor
Kurt Kassulke .... re-recording mixer
C. Darin Knight .... sound mixer (as Darin Knight)
David John West .... re-recording mixer
Derek Casari .... adr engineer (uncredited)
Maciek Malish .... dialogue editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Paul J. Lombardi .... special effects (as Paul Lombardi)
Scott D. Mattson .... special effects office coordinator (uncredited)
David Peterson .... special effects coordinator (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Bill Millar .... visual effects producer
Richard Alonso .... computer graphics (uncredited)
John Basset .... visual effects coordinator: remastered version (uncredited)
Deena Burkett .... visual effects supervisor (uncredited)
Don Greenberg .... lead compositor (uncredited)
Jordan Hassay .... digital effects supervisor: remastered version (uncredited)
Matthew Mullarkey .... visual effects artist (uncredited)
Michael Van Fleet .... systems administrator: remastered version (uncredited)
Danny Weselis .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Josh Bleibtreu .... second unit director of photography
Henry Christian III .... lighting technician
Tom Doherty .... key grip
James Etheridge .... camera operator (as Jim Etheridge)
Jono Kouzouyan .... gaffer
David Luckenbach .... steadicam operator (as Dave Luckenbach)
John J. Ellingwood .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
James Jermyn .... film loader (uncredited)
Richard J. Lee Jr. .... assistant chief lighting technician: second unit (uncredited)
Rob Lueker .... electrician (uncredited)
Paul Schmidt .... dolly grip (uncredited)
Daniel E. Teaze .... second assistant camera: "a" camera, second unit (uncredited)
Casting Department
Kimberly Nordlinger .... casting associate
Randy Stone .... original casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Nancy Collini .... costumer: Mr. David Duchovny and Ms. Gillian Anderson
David Swope .... costume supervisor
Tom Cummins .... set costumer (uncredited)
Lulu Thyne .... costumer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Jeff Cahn .... assistant editor
Sue Kesler .... assistant editor
Steve Porter .... colorist: DaVinci
Wade Felker .... film-to-tape colorist (uncredited)
Mark Nowicki .... colorist: digitally restored version (uncredited)
John Price .... on-line editor (uncredited)
Location Management
Mac Gordon .... location manager
Ilt Jones .... location manager
Paul Harrison .... key assistant location manager (uncredited)
Marc J. Ventimiglia .... key assistant location manager (uncredited)
Music Department
Jeff Charbonneau .... music editor
Larold Rebhun .... scoring mixer
Transportation Department
Steve Duncan .... transportation coordinator
Howard Bachrach .... transportation captain (uncredited)
Edward Cook .... driver (uncredited)
Chris Ferrence .... dispatcher (uncredited)
Aaron Skalka .... transportation co-captain (uncredited)
Other crew
David Amann .... executive story editor
Carol Banker .... script supervisor
Cathy Carr .... production coordinator
Nanci Etchells .... production accountant
Michele Fazekas .... assistant to executive producers
Wendy Fishman .... assistant to executive producers
Charles Forsch .... assistant to executive producers
Leslie Perlow Weber .... second unit production coordinator (as Leslie Perlow)
James Castle .... title designer (uncredited)
Annette Encinas .... payroll accountant (uncredited)
Bob Pitto .... first assistant accountant (uncredited)
Lee Smith .... researcher (uncredited)
Tom Teotico .... production assistant (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"The X Files: How the Ghosts Stole Christmas (#6.6)" - Canada (original title)
44 min | Argentina:60 min
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This episode takes place in December 1998.See more »
Crew or equipment visible: At the end of the show when the camera pans towards the fireplace, you can clearly see someone removing the carpet on the floor to make sure the dolly cam can make its turn.See more »
Mulder:[alarmed at a noise] Shhh! What was that?
Scully:[irritably rational] These are tricks that the mind plays. They are ingrained clichés from a thousand different horror films. When we hear a sound, we get a chill, we, we- we see a shadow and we allow ourselves to imagine something that an otherwise rational person would discount out of hand.
[Mulder just continues up the dark staircase. Frustrated, Scully pulls out her flashlight and follows him]
Scully:[continuing to rationalize nervously] The whole, Mulder- the whole idea of a benevolent entity fits perfectly with what I'm saying, that, I mean, that a spirit would materialize or return for no other purpose than to show itself is silly and ridiculous. I mean, what it really shows is how silly and ridiculous we have become in believing such things. I mean that... that we can ignore all natural laws about the corporeal body, that... that we witness these spirits clad in their own, shabby outfits, with the same old haircuts and hairstyles, never aging, never- never in search for more comfortable surroundings... it actually ends up saying more about the living than it does about the dead.
Mulder:[only half-listening] Mmm-huh.
Scully:[clearly rattling on in fear and nervousness] And Mulder, it doesn't take an advanced degree in Psychology to understand the unconscious yearnings that these imaginings satisfy. You know, the... the longing for immortality, the hope that there is something beyond this mortal coil, that we might never be long without our loved-ones... I mean, these are powerful, powerful desires. I mean, they're the very essence of what makes us human... the very essence of Christmas, actually.
[a door nearby suddenly opens on its own with a loud creak]
Mulder:[breathless; whispering] Tell me you're not afraid.
Scully:[breathless also, but stringent] All right, I'm afraid. But it's an irrational fear.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The 100 Greatest Christmas Moments (2004) (TV)See more »
Have Yourself a Merry Little ChristmasSee more »


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4 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
A Great Holiday Treat!, 25 December 2012
Author: mwboswell from United States

My wife and I dated while watching the Xfiles every Sunday evening during it's original airings. We LOVED it. This Christmas themed episode is one of our favorites especially the Mulder "left cheek sneak" line! We also just found out that it's original air date 12/13/98 was just the DAY AFTER we got married! We watch this episode most every Christmas! Just the right balance of light-hearted comedy, paranormal and plenty of Mulder- isms and Scully-isms. Love it!

I do like the actual screen writing in this episode. The ghosts bring out a great character summary of each of the main players (M&S). I also think this story fits nicely into the over-arching storyline that develops M&S relationship over the years.

Would really like to know what those gifts they got each other at the end are?

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