About Christmas TV History

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Do You Remember...The Addams Family?

They may be creepy and kooky, mysterious and spooky but the Addams Family loves Christmas.

In their 1965 holiday episode, the Addamses are worried that Pugsley and Wednesday may listen to the neighbor who told them that Santa doesn’t exist. To ensure that Santa visits them this year, Gomez and Morticia ask Uncle Fester to dress as Santa Claus and visit the children. But when he gets stuck in the chimney and fails to show up, all the others don a Santa suit in order to bring the children the gifts they asked for. Lovingly, the children experience six Santa Clauses: Gomez, Morticia, Grandmama, Lurch, Cousin Itt and eventually Fester. The children easily catch on to their thinly disguised family members but appreciate the gesture. Will the real Santa ever show up? For the most non-traditional family on TV, this is a very traditional Christmas celebration.

You can’t miss Morticia singing “Deck the Halls.” My favorite quote: Wednesday explains how she so easily recognized Lurch through his Santa Claus suit: "I could tell by his smile." Be sure to check out the family Christmas tree--it has no needles! And, at episode’s end, the whole cast breaks the 4th wall to sing “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” to the viewers.

This episode is located on disc 1 of Volume 3 on the DVD release. It is also available on Hulu.

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