I Love Lucy (1951–1957)
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The I Love Lucy Christmas Show 

On Christmas Eve, the Ricardos and the Mertzes recall past events in their lives, as seen in clips from past episodes.


James V. Kern, William Asher (uncredited)


Bob Carroll Jr., Bob Carroll Jr. (written for television by) | 6 more credits »

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Episode cast overview:
Lucille Ball ... Lucy Ricardo
Desi Arnaz ... Ricky Ricardo
Vivian Vance ... Ethel Mertz
William Frawley ... Fred Mertz
Richard Keith Richard Keith ... Little Ricky (as Keith Thibodeaux)
A. Cameron Grant A. Cameron Grant ... Santa Claus (as Cameron Grant)


It's that time of year again. Christmas! Ricky and Lucy tell Little Ricky all about Santa claus, each in their own unique way. Then Little Ricky is sent to bed and then Fred and Ethel come with the Christmas tree. Lucy has Fred saw off several branches while the gang recall the time Lucy announced to Ricky she was "expectant" with Little Ricky. They also recall the time Lucy forced herself to be in Ricky's barbershop quartet. Back to the present, Fred has overtrimmed the tree and is sent out to buy another one. He soon returns with another tree and is overjoyed, because due to the time of day, he got the tree at half price. The gang then recalls the night Lucy announced the baby was ready to come and everybody frantically races off to the hospital--forgetting Lucy. Well, Christmas morning soon arrives and Ricky, Lucy, Ethel and Fred are each dressed as Santa Claus. Suddenly, in comes a 5th Santa. It was Fred! It turns out the 4th Santa was in fact THE Santa Claus. He disappears as the... Written by Dylan Self <robocoptng986127@aol.com>

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Comedy | Family







English | Spanish

Release Date:

24 December 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The I Love Lucy Christmas Show See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:



Color (colorized version)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


One reason that this episode of clips from past shows was put together was that many people in the USA did not have television sets when "I Love Lucy" first came on the air in 1951. TV sales had skyrocketed in the last 5 years - as had the number of "I Love Lucy" fans - and this "retrospective" episode gave many people a chance to see clips from previous shows for the first time. See more »


After Fred sets the Christmas tree in the Ricardo's living room, Ricky asks how it looks. Lucy tells Ricky that "there's a branch on the right side that spoils the shape". Ricky asks her which one and she walks up to the tree, grabs the branch with her fingers and, with Ricky and Fred both watching, tells Ricky that's the branch she's talking about and asks Fred to get a saw and cut it off. Fred whips a saw out of his pocket, walks up to the Christmas tree, and proceeds to cut off a totally different branch. See more »

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From all of us at Desilu Season's Greetings to all of You See more »

Alternate Versions

CBS reran this episode in 1990 with the new parts colorized and the flashbacks in black and white. See more »


Featured in The Jacket (2005) See more »


Theme From 'I Love Lucy' (Instrumental)
Written by Eliot Daniel
Performed by Wilbur Hatch and the Desi Arnaz Orchestra
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The "lost" episode
23 May 2006 | by preppy-3See all my reviews

Christmastime with the Ricardos, the Mertzes and Little Ricky. Little Ricky wants to see Santa. Naturally Lucy dresses as him to surprise the little boy.

Basically this isn't a new episode--it contains plenty of flashbacks to previous seasons. I heard this was considered lost and was found under Desi Arnazs' bed after his death. It was restored and aired (just once) on CBS in 1989. It's not great but just seeing the old gang in a somewhat "new" episode was plenty of fun. This is probably still out of syndication because of the flashbacks but worth catching if you're a Lucy fan.

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