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A Christmas They Never Forgot 

Snowbound on the Ingalls homestead on Christmas eve, Caroline, Laura and Hester Sue share memories of Christmases past.


Michael Landon


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Landon ... Charles Ingalls
Karen Grassle ... Caroline Ingalls
Melissa Gilbert ... Laura Ingalls Wilder
Rachel Lindsay Greenbush ... Carrie Ingalls (as Lindsay Sidney Greenbush)
Sidney Greenbush ... Carrie Ingalls (as Lindsay Sidney Greenbush)
Dean Butler ... Almanzo James Wilder
Jason Bateman ... James Cooper Ingalls
Melissa Francis Melissa Francis ... Cassandra Cooper Ingalls (as Missy Francis)
Wendi Turnbaugh Wendi Turnbaugh ... Grace Ingalls
Brenda Turnbaugh Brenda Turnbaugh ... Grace Ingalls
Linwood Boomer ... Adam Kendall
Ketty Lester Ketty Lester ... Hester-Sue Terhune
Matthew Labyorteaux ... Albert Quinn Ingalls
Newell Alexander ... Frederick Holbrook
Tom Lester ... Mr. Wilder


Snowbound on the Ingalls homestead on Christmas eve, Caroline, Laura and Hester Sue share memories of Christmases past.

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21 December 1981 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Even though this is Melissa Sue Anderson's final appearance as Mary, she gets no mention in the title sequence or opening credits,' (although Linwood Boomer as 'Adam' does) and instead only gets a brief "also starring" mention in the end credit roll. See more »


Caroline states that her father died young, and her mother remarried quickly afterwards. In reality, Charlotte Quiner did not remarry until about ten years after her husband's death. At the time, Caroline was in her teens, not a child, like depicted in this episode. See more »


Charles Ingalls: Stop your crying, woman!
Caroline Ingalls: I will! In a minute.
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Silent Night
Lyrics (English translation) by John Freeman Young (1863)
Lyrics (original German) by Joseph Mohr (c. 1816)
Music by Franz Xaver Gruber (c. 1820)
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The Whole Family!
16 November 2013 | by mitchrmpSee all my reviews

This is the only time in of of Little House's showings that we see the entire Ingalls family - natural and adopted - together! It's an amazing site to see them all sitting around the table for supper. It's nice to see Mary and Adam home for a visit from the city. And to think there were only a family of five when the show began...

Various members tell the Christmas they never forgot: 1. Caroline talks about the Christmas she had after her mother remarried and her step-father tried to get into her heart. 2. Almanzo talks about the Christmas he found out there was no Santa Clause. 3. Laura talks about the Christmas in Kansas when Mr. Edwards played Santa Clause (this was actually a clip from the premiere movie) 4. Hester Sue talks about the Christmas when she learned that Santa Clause was indeed black.

All these stories tug at your heartstrings and give you a smile. Though the "snowed in" at the end is pretty silly, it adds to the adventure of the episode.

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