Friends (1994–2004)
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The One with the Holiday Armadillo 

Ross wants to introduce Ben to Hanukkah. In order to entice Rachel to move back into their refurbished apartment, Phoebe must drive a wedge between Rachel and current roomie Joey.


Gary Halvorson


David Crane (created by), Marta Kauffman (created by) | 1 more credit »




Episode cast overview:
Jennifer Aniston ... Rachel Green
Courteney Cox ... Monica Geller (as Courteney Cox Arquette)
Lisa Kudrow ... Phoebe Buffay
Matt LeBlanc ... Joey Tribbiani (as Matt Le Blanc)
Matthew Perry ... Chandler Bing
David Schwimmer ... Dr. Ross Geller
Cole Sprouse ... Ben Geller (as Cole Mitchell Sprouse)
James Michael Tyler ... Gunther
Terry Rhoads ... the Maitre D'
Sean Corvelle Sean Corvelle ... The Salesman
Barry Wiggins ... the Man


Phoebe brings in her late mother's Christmas memorial candy dish, shaped like a skull. Ben stays with Ross for the holidays who intends to teach his son about their Jewish heritage. He feels Ben is only exposed to Christmas traditions. Ross certainly makes his mark on Ben but the idea of a year without Santa sounds like a serious punishment. Chandler presumes that Rachel wants to stay living happily with Joey but Monica wants her to go back to Phebes so gives Joey drums to drive Rachel out. That doesn't work so they try a tarantula which scares Joey but not Rachel who had one as a kid. Chandler's wait for a restaurant table means he might miss a theater performance; tipping the host doesn't work either as he can't find the paper money. Ross, wants to surprise Ben but can't rent any Christmas suit this late, so he invents Santa's Tex-Mex friend: the Holiday Armadillo. The Armadillo explains about Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights but Chandler appears as Santa to help out Ross. Ross ... Written by KGF Vissers

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Comedy | Romance


TV-PG | See all certifications »






Release Date:

14 December 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The One with the Holiday Armadillo See more »

Filming Locations:

USA See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Cole Sprouse's character in this episode of Friends, as well as in Big Daddy, was subject to a costumed adult trying to convince him of something he didn't believe in. See more »


Rachel claims not to be afraid of the tarantula because she had one as a child, but when she puts the drumsticks into the cage with it, she obviously does it very quickly and closes the lid even quicker out of fear. See more »


Monica Geller: [looking at Chandler in a santa costume] Hey, You think you can keep it another night?
Chandler: Santa, really?
Monica Geller: Yeah, is that ok?
Chandler: Did your dad ever dress up like santa?
Monica Geller: No...
Chandler: Then it's okay!
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Referenced in Mr. Robot: eps2.7_init_5.fve (2016) See more »


I Have a Little Dreidel
Music by Samuel E. Goldfarb
Lyrics by Samuel S. Grossman
Performed by David Schwimmer
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It's the day Iam born
27 September 2019 | by ashmerfarookSee all my reviews

This episode is so special to me because it aired on the day I born and I like this episode so much it's so fun to watch

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