Premiered December 24, 1965.
It's Christmas time and the Addams family is preparing for the holiday season. The Addams' daughter Wednesday (Lisa Loring) hopes Santa Claus will bring her a Marie Antionette doll to use on her guillotine, while her brother Pugsley (Ken Weatherwax) wants a bow and arrow so he can shoot apples off the head of his Uncle Fester (Jackie Coogan). However, their Christmas spirit is diminished when their neighbor tells them there is no Santa.
Pugsley and Wednesday's parents Gomez (John Astin) and Morticia (Carolyn Jones) reassure them that Santa is real and they decide to take action. They ask Fester to put on a Santa suit and climb down the chimney on Christmas Eve and deliver gifts. Unfortunately, Fester gets stuck and doesn't show up, so the family is forced to improvise.
Gomez puts on a Santa suit and and visits Pugsley and Wednesday. He brings them the doll and bow and arrow presents they asked for.
Grandmama Addams (Blossom Rock) also shows up dressed as Santa. She gives them the same gifts Gomez brought.
She's followed by the Addams' butler Lurch (Ted Cassidy)...
...Cousin It (Felix Silla)...
Each "Santa" gives the kids a doll and bow and arrow. Which means they end up with five of each!
Will the Addams Family's attempts to play Kris Kringle convince Pugsley and Wednesday that Santa is real?
J.A. Morris says:
The belief in Santa Claus (or lack thereof) is an common trope of Christmas programming. The topic is dealt with very nicely in "Christmas With The Addams Family."
This is a very sweet episode that features the "creepy" and "spooky" Addams Family going the extra mile to make sure their children believe in Santa Claus. It's a reminder that Morticia and Gomez had one of the best and healthiest marriages in the history of sitcoms and "Christmas With The Addams Family" shows they were also very good parents. It's also nice to see their extended family of Uncle Fester, Grandmama, Lurch and Cousin It helping out too.
The episode closes with the cast breaking the forth wall and singing "We Wish You A Merry Christmas" to the viewers, which makes me smile every time I watch it.
"Christmas With The Addams Family" is a touching episode that serves as a reminder that families often go to great lengths to make Christmas a magical experience for children.
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